The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet. The breed was developed in monasteries to sound the alarm when strangers approached. As a result of this breeding, the Llaho Apso is an alert dog with a keen sense of hearing. The breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1933 and classified in the terrier group. In 1959 they were transferred to the non-sporting group.
Although it is difficult to tell from their appearance, they are one of the breeds of dog most closely related to the ancestral wolf.
Character And Temperament
The Lhasa Apso is loyal to the members of its close family. It tends to be wary of strangers. It should be socialised with people and other dogs from an early age. This socialization process should continue throughout his life.
They have an independent personality and it needs patience and persistence to train them. If they don't want to do something, they will lie flat and refuse to move.
They like to please their owners and enjoy training. However, house training them can take time.
They are a small breed, normally weighing between 7 and 8 kilos when fully grown. Their average height is between 25 and 28 centimetres. Females are usually slightly smaller than males.
They are a long-lived dog usually reaching an age of between 12 and 14 years. The record age for a Lhasa Apso is 29 years.
Lhasa Apsos have long heavy hair. They shed hair slowly and continuously. They are considered to be a low-shedding breed.
They need regular brushing to keep their hair in good condition and remove any dirt.
They are a generally healthy dog, but they are susceptible to some health problems. One of these is sebaceous adenitis. This is a hereditary inflammatory skin disease which affect the skin glands of young and middle-aged dogs. It is rare and only affects a few breeds of dogs. They are also prone to eye diseases such as cherry eye and dry eye.
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Lhasa Apsos enjoys exercise but don’t require a great deal of it. They enjoy spending time with their family, including sitting on someone's lap. He is independent and a leader. Unless you teach him otherwise, he will think he is the leader of your pack. Because of his independent spirit, he copes better being left alone for longer periods than many other breeds.
Their personality is much bigger than their physical size. They are a fun dog who love getting involved in activities with their family.