(aka: Apso Seng Kyi)
The Lhasa Apso is a small dog with a sturdy, compact build, and beautiful dark eyes. His coat is heavy, long, and straight, and has a hard texture. The color of the Lhasa Apso can vary, and includes slate, sable, cream, gold, grizzle, and others. These dogs have a very sweet and innocent expression - don't let this fool you, as they can be as stubborn as they come when it comes to doing as they are told! The weight of the Lhasa Apso is around 11-18 pounds, and the height is around 10-11 inches.
Lhasa Apso Temperment
The Lhasa Apso is a happy, gentle, and loyal breed, and is a small dog with plenty of character and spirit. A dignified and watchful dog, the Lhasa Apso will bark to raise an alarm and therefore makes an effective watchdog. Although these dogs look very cute and cuddly, they do have certain personality traits that make them better suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. These dogs can be extremely strong willed and stubborn, may be bossy and dominant, and can be manipulative and jealous. He can also be very difficult to train and housebreak. These dogs do not like to be teased or handled roughly, and will not take to boisterous and rough children, although they should get on okay with gentle, older kids.
When it comes to strangers the Lhasa Apso tends ot be very stand offish and wary. However, once he has become acquainted will usually become friendly and welcoming. He will usually get on well with other pets, although his jealous streak and bossy nature can make harmony a challenge at times. With the right owner - someone with confidence, assertiveness, and a positive training attitude - the Lhasa Apso can make a very good companion pet and family dog. These dogs love to play but their exercise requirements are not particularly demanding - regular walks and a safe, secured area to play will suffice.
The Lhasa Apso's grooming requirements can be very demanding, and in order to keep his long coat in good condition you will need to brush on a daily basis. You should also bathe the dog once a week, and trim the hair around his bottom for hygiene reasons. Make sure that you check the ears of the Lhasa Apso are dry and clean to reduce the risk of infection, and you may wish to get his coat clipped every couple of months or so. With proper grooming the Lhasa Apso is a low shedder, and may suit those with allergies.
The Lhasa Apso is the most popular breed indigenous to Tibet. Sometimes they are known as the Tibetan apso. The name apso means goat like and long hair. In Tibet Lhasa Apso's are a treasured dog of the privileged. The Lhasa Apso made wonderful guardians as well as loyal companions. They were the only breed in Tibet owned by the holy men and the nobles. They were used as watch dogs in the temples and monasteries. The people of Tibet greatly respected these little dogs. They were never sold or bought but given as gifts and it was considered a great honor to receive one.
The Lhasa Apso was once known as the Lhasa Terrier and was developed/created 800 years ago. The Lhasa Apso is called the Abso Seng Kyi or bark lion sentinel dog in it's home land where Tibetans favor a fail safe security system. The Lhasa Apso first appeared in the western world in 1901 when Mrs. McClearan Morrison returned to England with several of these little dogs.
The Lhasa Apso was officially recognized by AKC in 1935 and was called the Lhasa Terrier. The name was officially changed to Lhasa Apso in 1944.
The Lhasa Apso learns best with patience and calm words. It is important to establish a relationship of mutual respect for instance admiring his independent character while consistently enforcing your rules so that he respects you as well. Because the Lhasa Apso is strong willed with a mind of his own it requires a confident owner who can take charge. Training methods that emphasize food and praise will be met with much more cooperation. The Lhasa Apso can be manipulative and a challenge to train but is highly intelligent so it can learn very quickly. Forcing it to do things without positive reinforcement or rewards usually do not prove to be successful.
When the Lhasa puppy has been fully vaccinated, extensive socialization will make the Lhasa Apso a very friendly and lovable pet. Bringing the Lhasa puppy to various places involving different sounds, smells and sights will eventually put it at ease on walks and during traveling. Remember to respect their instinct of being wary of strangers though. Be careful when introducing them to new people a to not overwhelm them with too much at one time. A wonderful session of training includes a visit to the veterinarian and groomer introducing the harness or collar and leash.
Crate training can be successfully achieved if the crate is introduced to the Lhasa puppy at an early age. Taking the gate off the front makes for a wonderfully, safe and secure hideout. Here is where it learns to be comfortable in its crate and knows it will come out sometime after going in. Overall training can be a very fun and rewarding time for you and your Lhasa Apso.
The life expectancy of the Lhasa Apso is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems and disorders that are linked to this breed. Some of these include luxating patella, entropion, HD, PRA, vWD, spinal problems, cataracts, allergies, bladder stones, and skin problems. The parents of the Lhasa Apso puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.