Lhasa Apso

Inquisitive 3 month old lhasa apso puppy

A small, long haired dog with a loving nature. Bonded with their owners and love to snuggle. They like to borrow or nest into things, and bury their food. A steadfast, comical companion with a sense of humour.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. Around an hour a day or more. They like to play and go for walks. They will do as much as you want, but will be happy to chase a ball around inside as well.

Size: 10-11 inches

Weight: 12-18 lbs

Colour: White, golden, rust and parti-coloured with various shadings. With or without dark tips at the end of ears and beard.

Town or Country: Both

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Households with older children, and singles or couples with limited living space, who like a loyal protective dog, can provide firm ‘alpha’ pack leadership and where ideally there is someone around for part of the day.

Group: Utility/non-sporting

Originally From: Tibet

Original Purpose: Working and companion. Indoor guards to temples, alerting the monks to intruders.

Living Space: Low

Coat: Heavy, long, straight, hard and very dense

Grooming: Medium to high. The Lhasa’s coat must be thoroughly brushed and combed several times per week. Make sure to brush and comb the thick undercoat as well, otherwise it will become matted and tangled. Clip any excess hair between the pads of the feet and keep the ears clean. Can be left long coated or clipped shorter.

Children: High, but preferably older or respectful children only. Does not appreciate rough handling by younger children. Does well if socialised and trained early.

Sociability with strangers: Medium to low. Wary of strangers.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High if socialised and trained early.

Trainability: Medium to low. Tough and strong willed. Eager to please but assertive so needs firmness and consistency. Training needs to be constantly continued throughout their lives, otherwise they will rule the household.

Noise Level: Potentially high. In Tibet, the breed is called the “Bark Lion Sentinel Dog”.

Known Health Issues: Generally tough, some hip dysplasia, diabetes, heart murmurs and skin allergies.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Needs training to overcome separation anxiety

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