If you don’t have time to brush him completely each day, then at least do some spot grooming in the troublesome areas (neck, insides of legs, behind the ears) on a daily basis. Don’t go longer than two days without a complete brushing, though. Those mats surprise you! A puppy may not look matted, but his undercoat may be a real mess. Your Lhasa is never too young to start grooming. Groom in the late evening, when your Lhasa is winding down, he is more apt to cooperate. Always make sure that the dog has no mats before you bathe; otherwise, the mat will get worse (grow). Never brush a bone dry coat. Use grooming spray when brushing. Try to hold the bush in line with your arm (do not bend the wrist). Never use a hot dryer on the coat, it will damage it, but always brush and blow-dry the hair. When you’re finished, give your puppy a few treats.
Pet stores cater to impulsive buyers seeking immediate purchases. They usually ask no questions of prospective buyers to ensure responsible, lifelong homes for the pets they sell, and they may be staffed by employees with limited knowledge about pets and pet care. Furthermore, pet stores may not have the slightest idea where the puppies they sell come from, and some pet stores seldom, if ever, attempt to ensure that puppy buyers are able, or even planning to provide lifelong, safe homes. You may see the term “purebred dog” on a pet store cage. Responsible breeders and dog registries generally avoid this term because it has little meaning – all dogs have some variety in their genetic heritage. A “pedigreed” dog has known lineage and is recognized by a dog registry as belonging to a specific breed. The “pedigree” itself is the registered record of the dog’s lineage. To register a dog, the dog’s breeder or owner must document that the dog is eligible for registration according to the particular registry’s standards and rules.
If you want a pedigreed Lhasa Apso, obtain him from a reputable breeder who registers dogs with one of the well-known dog registries. First, though, do your homework. Visit dog shows, read books, and speak to reputable breeders. Never forget that every dog, whatever his or her heritage, is unique. Within a breed, even within a single litter, individual dogs can exhibit vast differences in behavior, temperament, energy level, requirements for affection, and other traits. Although certain characteristics are considered typical of Lhasa Apso-it’s unfair to expect a puppy to behave in any predefined way. If the pedigree itself isn’t important to you as the Lhasa Apso’s appearance and personality, he might be the dog for you. Contact a local Lhasa Apso rescue group. These groups work tirelessly to find new homes for pedigreed Lhasa Apso’s who’ve been given up for adoption or otherwise become homeless.
A Lhasa does not shed as most other breeds do. The puppy’s coat change when the puppy is between the ages of 9 to 14 months. What happens during the coat change is that the harsher-textured adult coat is replacing the softer puppy coat. At this time, your puppy may need daily grooming to remove the soft, “dead” puppy coat. The coat change is a natural part of a Lhasa’s development, and when it is over, your Lhasa’s softer puppy coat should have given way to the harder-textured adult coat, which is usually a lot easier to take care of. When the coat change does begin, don’t get discouraged. It usually lasts less than a month. Set aside time each day to groom your Lhasa.