Lhasa Apso

Overview

The Lhasa apso is more than it is tall, with a powerful loin. Even though the breed hasn’t been utilized for purposes requiring good athleticism, it must however possess a strong loin and well-developed quarters and thighs. The mind is well-covered using a fantastic drop over the eyes and excellent whiskers and beard, imparting a dignified, almost lionlike appearance. The sting should be either flat or slightly undershot. The jacket is thick, straight, long and tough.

Despite its lap-dog look, the Lhasa is a challenging character. It’s independent, stubborn and daring. Even though it’s eager to get a romp or match, it is going to be happy so long as it’s given exercise. It is going to also happily snooze with its owner. These attributes make it an exceptional small companion in experience. It’s somewhat reserved with strangers.

AKC RANKING 38
FAMILY companion, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Tibet
DATE OF ORIGIN ancient times
ORIGINAL FUNCTION companion, watchdog
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10-11 Weight: 13-15
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10-11 Weight: 13-15
OTHER NAME none
The Lhasa is an energetic dog, but its comparatively modest size makes it feasible to satisfy its energy demands either with brief walks or vigorous play sessions at the lawn, as well as home. It makes a nice apartment puppy. It isn’t suited to outdoor living. The long coat requires brushing and combing every other moment.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessModerately playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingEasy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsHigh maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: patellar luxation, entropion, distichiasis, PRA,
renal cortical hypoplasia
• Occasionally seen: CHD, urolithiasis, vWD
• Suggested tests: knee, eye
• Life span: 12 – 14 years
The source of this Lhasa apso was long lost; it’s an ancient strain filmed and revered from the cities and monasteries of Tibet. Its history is combined with Buddhist beliefs, such as a belief in reincarnation. The spirits of lamas have been believed to enter the holy puppy’s bodies upon departure, thereby imparting an extra reverence for these puppies. The puppies also played the use of monastery watchdog, sounding the alert for people, hence giving rise to their own native title of abso seng kye (“bark lion sentinel dog”). It’s very likely that the breed’s Western title of Lhasa apso is derived from its native title, though some argue that it’s a corruption of the Tibetan phrase rapso, meaning “goat” (with regard to its goatlike coat). Actually, once the breed first came to England, it had been called the Lhassa terrier, though it’s certainly not a terrier. The initial Lhasa apsos were observed from the Western world over 1930, with a number of the initial puppies coming as presents from the 13th Dalai Lama. The breed was admitted in the AKC’s terrier set in 1935, however, it had been reassigned to the nonsporting set in 1959. Following a slow beginning, the Lhasa quickly outpaced its fellow botanical strains to be a favorite pet and show dog.

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