Looks are deceptive!
Country of Origin: Tibet
Dog Group: Utility
Origin of Name: The Lhasa, as the name suggests, was born in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Their prime work was to inform the monks of any intruders. Apso, in the local language, means bearded. When clubbed together, this means a long-haired dog found in Lhasa.
SheddingA bit low
Monthly keeping costPremium
Tendency to Bark:Very High
Life Span-13 to 14 years
Availability-Easy to get
About Lhasa Apso:
Lhasa Apso are the perfect examples of looks being deceptive. On look alone, the Lhasa Apso is a small and adorable looking dog with hair that touches the floor. They look like toys, but, on the contrary, they are a feisty breed that is strong and makes an excellent watchdog for the family.
The Lhasa Apso was bred in Tibet and for a long time they were to be found only in this area. They were bred as sentinels inside most Buddhist monasteries. Their prime objective was to alert the monks of any intruders. The Lhasa Apso has been present since 800 BC. This makes them one of the oldest breeds of dogs to be around. They were bred to be kept inside the monasteries and in the houses of the Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries.
It was not until 1930 that this breed came to the United States, and all thanks to C.Sudyam Cutting for introducing them to the States. He was presented with a Lhasa by the 13th Dalai Lama himself. It was present in the UK from the 1920s though. It is for sure one of the purest and oldest bred dogs in the world as of today.
A full grown Lhasa Apso looks like a toy dog. They can be easily passed as lap dogs. But unlike even some large breed dogs, the Lhasa Apso makes the perfect watch dog. They were bred with a heightened sense of hearing and their magnanimous bark surpasses their size.
Lhasa Apso have full hair that almost grows to the floor and makes their feet invisible. They are the perfect dogs for a family with their cute, toy-inspired looks. This will require regular grooming from your end, as otherwise it can give rise to tangles and mats.
Visits to Groomer-High
Tolerance to heat-Get a heatstroke
Tolerance to cold- Loves snow
Coat Type-Long and coarse
Lhasa Apso are one of the healthiest and pure breeds in the world as of today. these are one of the most common diseases that your adorable pet can suffer from.
Progressive retinal atrophy
Lhasa is the perfect family dog and they love to show their love towards their owners. They will run and roll around your feet and will be always be ready to be petted. they are highly intelligent and trainable. They can be little stubborn at times and they are slow when it comes to be house trained.
They are fantastic as family dogs they might not be the perfect kid friendly dog for your infants and toddlers though.
Training & Intelligence
Lhasa Apso is a very intelligent dog but this intelligence does not make them easily trainable dogs. They were bred to be fierce watchdogs. Though the ferocious streak is not present in them any more they can still at times consider themselves to be the alpha male of the family or the protector.
Litter Size-4 to 6 puppies (approximately)
Complication in Breeding-No
Lhasa Apso are generally a healthy breed and even their breeding does not have many complications attached. The only thing you have to think about is giving the adorable puppies up for sale or adoption. It seems that most of the complications have been bred out of the Lhasa Apsos in the thousands of years.