The Lhasa Apso is a small breed, with a long, heavy, double coat, which in show dogs cascaded over the eyes and is draped over the entire body to the floor. They resemble a small version of the Old English Sheepdog. The Lhasa comes in a variety of colors, from gold, cream, and honey to smoke, dark鈥慻rizzle and slate. Some Lhasas are multicolored, black or brown and white. The coat is straight, hard and heavy, and not silky. The Lhasa has small, dark eyes, deep-set rather than protruding, framed by heavy, feathered ears that extend past the chin and frame the round face and a medium-length muzzle. Show dogs will have a dark beard and mustache. The neck will have an abundant "scarf" of hair, the tail is feathered and curled over the back in a "screw."
Their hair is red, white, brown, and tan.
The Lhasa Apso is an intelligent and lively breed, and makes an excellent pet. They are very affectionate and devoted to their owners, but will not put up with rough handling from children, and indeed do not care for children in general unless they've been socialized with them from an early age. Obedience training should be started early. The Lhasa has a tendency to be stubborn, however, so this trait must be tolerated. They make excellent watch dogs, being suspicious of strangers, and are inclined to bark a great deal. They are dog-aggressive and prefer to be the only dog in the home.
If you train a Lhasa Apso well, they will not only come to love you, but also their surroundings. Always try to be nice to a Lhasa and train it only in a calm nice manner. Never yell at a Lhasa. It takes not only patience but time to properly train this breed. The Lhasa Apso is a vigorous, energetic, personable, intelligent, little dog with more heart than the average dog. They are courageous and totally devoted to their family. The Lhasa Apso can live in an apartment or on a 300 acre ranch. It also can befriend a child with asthma that may never experience the joy of owning a pet, as they are hypoallergenic. Lhasa Apsos are intelligent and require a firm but gentle master. Lhasa Apsos do prefer living by their own rules but are extremely sensitive and enjoy pleasing their masters. Praise will go much farther than force or tough verbal correction as a Lhasa Apso can become stubborn if to much authority is applied. The Lhasa Apso has a wonderful temperament. Lhasa's are so intelligent that they can tell when you are home just by the sound of your car door shutting. If you are not feeling well your Lhasa Apso is always there to comfort you and is just happy being by your side. Their nature is that they aim to please. Lhasa Apso's are wonderful dogs for the obedience ring.
Renal dysplasia, an often鈥慺atal kidney ailment, can afflict the Lhasa. Hip dysplasia also occurs, but is not very common. The long coat must be kept free of parasites to ensure no skin problems.
Hair around the ears should be trimmed to avoid infection. The ears need bi-weekly cleaning.
The Lhasa Apso was first bred in the sacred city of Lhasa, Tibet over two thousand years ago. The breed was used in temples and monasteries as a watchdog and were considered sacred, as it was thought that when the master died, his soul would enter that of the dog. The breed was able to spread to other countries thanks to the Dalai Lama, who presented them to visiting foreign diplomats. They became established in England in the early 1900s and the United States in the 1930s. The American Kennel Club accepted the breed in 1935.
The coat of the Lhasa Apso pars at the spine and falls straight on either side. It will be easier to groom if you keep it cut short, however the coats of show dogs must reach the floor. These dogs must have their coats brushed once a day to keep from matting. Do not bathe, simply dry shampoo. Check the feet and end of the coat for matting, as well as foreign matter. The eyes and ears must be cleaned every day. This breed is an average shedder.
Some dogs shed excessively, but most shed minimally. Owners will need to brush accordingly.
The Lhasa Apso makes an excellent pet for apartment living. They will run around the home and do not necessarily need a yard. They do like to be taken for long walks, and have the opportunity to run free in a safe and secure area.
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