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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso originates from...

Bred by Buddhist monks in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet around 2,000 years ago, many consider the Lhasa Apso to be one of the 14 ancient dog breeds, with some records indicating an existence from 800 BC. Deriving its name from the sacred city of Lhasa, the Lhasa Apso was primarily bred as a dependable guardian dog, widely owned by figures of the nobility to watch monasteries and temples, protecting them from thieves and vandals. Believed to bring good luck, the Lhasa Apso was often presented as a gift to visiting rulers or honoured guests, something which increased the breed's prevalence outside its homeland. Officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1935.

The Lhasa Apso is characterised by...

Known as 'the bearded lion' in native Tibet, the Lhasa Apso boasts a striking appearance. Low to the ground, the Lhasa Apso has short legs, heavily feathered pendant ears, dark inseted eyes and a high-set tail held over the back. The coat is typically long and dense, often reaching to the floor, and is common in colour variations of gold, cream, smoke, slate, dark-grizzle, brown, black and white, although any colour is permissible in this breed. It is not uncommon for a Lhasa Apso to have a kink in its tail. Contrary to popular belief, the Lhasa Apso is not 'non-allergenic' as, whilst its coat sheds little, its skin or 'dander' sheds a lot.

The average Lhasa Apso...

While most small breeds are prone to displaying negative behaviours such as stubbornness, disobedience and aggression - behaviours that are often put down to 'Small Dog Syndrome,' these can easily be avoided by socialising your dog from puppyhood, showing firm leadership and consistently training your dog in obedience and manners. When trained, the Lhasa Apso has the potential to be a spirited, energetic and affectionate companion dog, devoted to its master and family. On average, an adult Lhasa Apso will weigh 6-7 kg, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years, although it is not uncommon for this breed to live into its 20s.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Generally very healthy and resilient, the Lhasa Apso is prone to no serious medical conditions. Health problems identified in the breed do, however, include various optical disorders ranging from juvenile cataracts to progressive retinal atrophy, as well as orthopedic complaints commonly seen across breeds.

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Our Lhasa Apso owners' thoughts

20130711 10:03 am
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Very stubborn and only wants to walk when it suits her. Fussy eater, and it's been very challenging changing her diet to dog food due to struvite crystals. Love her to bits so loving and funny. Likes a good howl and jumps at the telly when specsaver is on.


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20140616 11:04 pm
Lancashire, United Kingdom

A gorgeous loving dog. Can be stubborn but not often and he is a rather discerning character. Never aggressive and loves babies and puppies. Very good natured towards his younger shih-tzu brothers. He is adorable and a good time keeper. We play with his favourite toy after supper every night. A loyal dog.

20160425 04:29 pm
North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Tinkerbell is my 3rd Lhasa apso and such a sweetheart. Unfortunately Tinkerbell was rescued as the previous owner broke her front leg , sadly it had to be amputated. Although she has 3 legs it doesn't hold her back with the SSPCA starting to bring her out of her shell 2 years later she adores new people and just wants cuddles. Lhasa apsos need grooming and regular hair cuts. Also they have alot of hair in the ear but most groomers will pluch or cut it so the ears can be kept as clean as possible.

20171026 08:53 pm
Norfolk, United Kingdom

This is our second Lhasa loosing our first at 17yrs this one is now nearly 13 still gorgeous but slowing down. Still enjoys her walks and can be stubborn especially if it's raining. She lives her home comforts and we do spoil her. Great little dog great company and can be left for ages ours just sleeps.

20170913 06:15 pm
Devon, United Kingdom

I rescued Charlie when he was 8 months old from a home where he had been attacked from the start by an older Lhasa, he hadn’t been socialised and was afraid of other dogs, loud noises, fireworks etc. I worked with a friend who is an animal behaviourist and now he is sociable, very obedient and affectionate, a real joy to have. He is still terrified of fireworks and loud noises but that is with him always I think.

20160425 04:29 pm
North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I have only ever had lhasa's. They're loyal fantastic guard dogs . They're intelligent and easily learn more tricks.
Tinkerbell is a rescue dog missing her left front leg but nothing can slow ber down . 🐾

20181105 09:08 am

Nelson is my first Lhasa, been with me since a puppy 8 weeks.

He’s great with other dogs a social butterfly and wants attention from humans.

He loves his walks to the beach , and forest.
He loves keeping busy but does like his power naps.

Doesn’t like been left alone, which has been challenging.

20181105 09:08 am

Nelson my first Lhasa, since a 9 week puppy.
Smart dog enjoys his puzzles and games.
Also like his walks and mixes well with other dogs started from a young age paid off.

Nelson also like his own space but will let you know if he needs hugs.

Nelson protects his home and will let you know who’s around, need to give time to training to limit the barking or could get out of hand.

Loves his walks to beach.

Grooming was also introduced at a young age have no problems.