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Lhasa Apso



The Lhasa Apso dog gets its name from the Chinese words meaning "barking sentinel" because it used to guard Tibetan monasteries and temples. This long-coated fellow makes an excellent apartment dog. Lhasa's are very long-lived, playful and affectionate. Their independent and stubborn nature requires patience and understanding. They are extremely loyal to their immediate family.

Lhasa Apso Breed Outline

Dog Group:Non-Sporting
Size:Small
Height:10-11 inches
Weight:13-15 lbs
Colors:Sandy, honey, slate, smoke-Bbrindle, white, fawn, red, piebald.
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Litter Size:5
Life Span:15+ years. Lhasa's age graciously.
Personality:Intelligent, alert, watchful, assertive, regal little dog. Ideal watchdog. Big dog personality in small package.

Grooming Requirements:High. Daily brushing and combing (metal comb required) to prevent undercoat from matting. Bathe every 7-14 days. Professional grooming every 6-8 weeks.
Shedding:Little
Social skills:Gets along well with other animals.
Suitable for Children:Very good with children.
Exercise Needs:Low. They are content to play at home or take a walk on a leash.

Train Ability:Stubborn and reacts poorly to harsh language. Start obedience training early.

Health:Relatively free of health problems except for Kidney disease. Poor circulation to ears may cause infection.

Negative Characteristics:Vigorous grooming requirements. Independent & stubborn nature.


Lhasa Apso Owners Talk...
Lhasa Apso Owner Reviews 1

"Personality plus. For almost sixteen years, I owned a Lhasa or should I say my family was privileged to have one resident in our home. He was a puppy until he was about six years old in the sense that he had an enthusiasm for life that more mature dogs put behind them. He was wonderful with the children. During my wife's terminal bout with cancer..."  All Reviews [...]
Lhasa Apso Owner Reviews 2

"...It's sad this dog got such a low rating, My Mom has two Lhasa Apso's and they are cute and intelligent dogs. You will have to get the little boogers groomed often to keep all that hair out of their face. Did I mention they make a good watch dog..."  All Reviews [...]
Are Lhasa Apsos Really Good with Kids?

"People that say Lhasas are not for kids, have obviously never had one around children. I have had Lhasas for 27 years and never had one that was not good with children."  All Reviews [...]
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