Standing less than a foot high at the shoulder, Lhasas are small but hardy dogs of aristocratic bearing. They’re famous for a floor-length, flat-hanging coat, parted in the middle and draping each side of the body. A feathery tail curls over the back in the distinct manner of Tibetan breeds. The breed’s fans say the dark, oval-shaped eyes—peeping through lavish facial hair—are the windows of a Lhasa’s merry soul. The complete picture is unmistakably Asian: exotic, elegant, and serenely well balanced.
Weight: 12–18 pounds
Height: 10–11 inches
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The Lhasa Apso, an ancient breed dating back at least 800 BC, was bred for use as a watchdog in Tibetan temples and monasteries. This breed was considered sacred and that they imparted good luck to their guardians. In the early 20th century, the little Lhasa Apso was introduced to other parts of the world.
Small, up to 10-11” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 13-15 pounds. The Lhasa Apso is a sturdy little dog with a long single coat in colors of cream, gold, honey, slate, smoke, brown/white/black, and dark grizzle. The puppy coat may change color as the dog matures.
The Lhasa Apso has a long life expectancy of 15 years with the oldest recorded age of 29 years! This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, kidney disorders, eye problems, bleeding ulcers, and skin allergies.
The Lhasa Apso is a spirited little dog and makes an excellent fearless watchdog with an acute sense of hearing. Nothing gets by a Lhasa Apso! They are assertive and will bark their commands at you to get you to comply to their wishes! Independent, curious, clever, and persistent, your Lhasa Apso will entertain you with lively antics. They enjoy learning, and training will be easy if you use rewarding methods. This can be a willful breed and they want to know what’s in it for them when you’re training. You need to be a calm, knowledgeable, and humane owner giving consistent and committed leadership to your Lhasa Apso using only motivational training methods. While affectionate with their family, they are wary of strangers, fearful of the movements and noises of toddlers, and will bite when frightened or surprised. Socialize, socialize, socialize your Lhasa Apso when a puppy to diminish his or her fears.
The Lhasa Apso is a busy and active breed, and requires a brisk daily walk and plenty of off-leash play and running in a safe, fenced area. They also need mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destruction, so be sure to provide your Lhasa Apso with plenty of interactive toys that challenge their problem-solving skills.
Grooming Requirements: Requires daily brushing and professional grooming. Their long, heavy coat requires regular grooming. Average shedders. Coat: Long Shedding: Little to no shedding Hypoallergenic: Yes Apartment Living: Good for apartment living if given sufficient exercise. Lap Dog: Yes Good With Children: Must be socialized to all ages of children when a puppy. Better with older children who understand how to respect this breed. The Lhasa Apso does not tolerate roughhousing and will bite. Good With Other Pets: Not generally trustworthy with other pets and will fight with other dogs.
Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers.
Variable, but about 10 inches or 11 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.
Head---Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard; skull narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one-third of the total length from nose to back of skull. Eyes---Dark brown, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk. Ears---Pendant, heavily feathered. Mouth and Muzzle---The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot. Muzzle of medium length; a square muzzle is objectionable.
The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than height at withers, well ribbed up, strong loin, well-developed quarters and thighs.
Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly nor silky, of good length, and very dense.
Well feathered, should be round and catlike, with good pads.
All colors equally acceptable with or without dark tips to ears and beard.
Confident, Smart, Comical