Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a compact dog with a voluminous long coat. They are lively and quite amusing to watch, moving in a jaunty way with their fluffy tails carried over their backs. With an almost toy-like appearance, this breed is a surprisingly dedicated guard dog and a mischievous companion.

 

 

 

Other Names
Apso Seng Kyi
Country of Origin
Tibet
Colour
Coat colours include honey, golden, sandy, dark brown, slate, black, white, smoke and a combination of these colours.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
This breed typically measures 22 – 28cms and weighs 5 – 7kgs.
Health
The Lhasa Apso is mostly prone to Hip Dyplasia and eye problems although screening is available for breeders. They are also known to have kidney problems, skin problems and may experience ulcers.
Life Span
12-16 years
Intelligence
This breed requires firm and consistent training. If socialised from a young age and not spoiled too often, the Lhasa Apso will avoid behavioural issues. They can be sensitive to loud noises, so it is not advised to raise your voice when training them.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

The Lhasa Apso can follow a normal dog diet although it is prone to obesity and should not be overfed.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Several short walks a day are perfect for this breed who love to walk! They are also a fan of backyard play and games.
Ailments
The Lhasa Apso is mostly prone to Hip Dyplasia and eye problems although screening is available for breeders. They are also known to have kidney problems, skin problems and may experience ulcers.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The grooming regime required for this dog is not for the faint hearted. A daily brushing is required to maintain their coats. This is recommended from a young age to accustom them to being thoroughly handled. Both the undercoat and the topcoat should be groomed in order to prevent knots, matted hair and skin conditions. The Lhasa Apso needs regular bathing. To reduce grooming time, the coat can be trimmed short.

Grooming Frequency
Daily
Trimming
Frequent
Bred in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was used as a watchdog in temples and monasteries for approximately two thousand years. They were believed to be the reincarnation of the holy lamas and were shown great respect as well as being given as holy gifts. The Lhasa was later introduced to England and then America where it was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1935.


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