Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso


The Lhasa Apso dog breed originates from Tibet, where they were highly prized guard dogs in the palaces and monasteries of their mountainous homeland. Today, the Lhasa is no longer a palace guardian, but primarily a family companion that loyally protects its family from danger. Although these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt. Although small, the Lhasa is a robust and independent dog. These puppies can adapt to almost any home, including flats, and even adapt well to novice pet parents. However, they can challenge your leadership if firm and consistent training is not maintained. If you can meet the needs of the breed, you will have a loving and playful family member.


The Lhasa is very independent; its aim is to please itself, not you.The Lhasa is a leader, and will be your leader if you let it.The Lhasa is a protective watchdog by nature. This cannot be changed, although he can be taught good canine manners. Early, positive socialisation is essential to help him become a friendly, sociable pet. The Lhasa matures slowly. The Lhasa’s beautiful coat requires a lot of grooming. The Lhasa’s beautiful coat requires a lot of grooming, so expect to have a lot of work done or pay a professional groomer. Brush the Lhasa’s teeth regularly and have its teeth and gums checked periodically by your veterinarian.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to puppies and that they have a sound temperament.


The Lhasa originates from Tibet and takes its name from the holy city of Lhasa. For thousands of years, the Lhasa was bred exclusively for the nobility and monks of monasteries to act as an inner guard and protector. It is known in its homeland as Abso Seng Kye, which translates as “Sentinel Dog of the Barking Lion”. The Lhasa’s thick coat is protective; its native climate is one of intense cold and extreme heat; the recorded history of the breed dates back to 800 BC. A Lhasa was considered good luck, but it was almost impossible to buy one: it was a guard dog in temples and monasteries and therefore considered sacred. It was believed that when an owner died, the human soul entered the body of his Lhasa Apso. From the beginning of the Manchu dynasty in 1583 until 1908, the Dalai Lama sent Lhasas as sacred gifts to the Emperor of China and members of the imperial family. The first Lhasas to enter the United States directly were given by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1933 to C. Suydam Cutting, a famous traveller and naturalist. Cutting owned Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey, and the two dogs gifted became the basis of his kennel.

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Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Height: 9 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 12 to 15 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 15 years

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