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Lhasa Apso

Life Span:~13 to 14 years
Litter Size: 4 to 5
Country of Origin: Tibet

Size: The height of a Lhasa Apso may vary, but the standard calls for approximately 10 or 11 inches at the shoulder. Females are slightly smaller than their male counterparts. Males should weigh between 14 and 18 pounds, and females between 12 and 14 pounds. The overall proportion of the dog is the most important thing, when being judged in the show ring.

Coat: The Lhasa Apso's double coat consists of a thick, top undercoat which is long, heavy, straight and coarse with a moderate undercoat being much softer. Their coat is neither silky nor wooly and can become matted easily if not properly groomed on a regular basis.

Character: The Lhasa Apso’s personality is a special and interesting mix. They are a happy, mischievous, and playful dog; they are also regal, independent, and fierce. They take the job of guarding their home and family seriously. They somewhat mature slower and remains somewhat “puppyish” until old age.

Appearance: The Lhasa Apso is a small and compact but sturdy dog. The body is long and strong, with short legs and a feathered tail carried over the back. The head has a decent muzzle, small dark eyes often concealed by hair, a dark nose and pendulous and heavily feathered ears. The silky double-coat is long and straight and drapes over the entire body to the floor, with a lion-like ruff around the neck. The coloring varies but includes gold, cream and honey amongst others.

History: Known in Tibet as the “bark lion sentinel dog,” the Lhasa Apso was used to guard Tibetan palaces and temples. This bold and alert canine’s duty was to guard the interior of the building, while its massive and imposing partner (the Tibetan Mastiff) was charged with guarding the outside. In the early 1930s, the Dalai Lama helped introduce the Lhasa Apso to America and other parts of the world.

Health Issues: In Lhasas, health problems include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, juvenile renal disease, intervertebral disc disease and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, dry eye, and glaucoma. Not all of these conditions are detectable in a growing puppy, and it can be hard to predict whether an animal will be free of these maladies. Ensure that the breed came from a reputable breeder. 0

Temperament: Despite its appearance, the Lhasa Apso is a tough dog -- bold, independent, stubborn and reserved towards strangers. The dog, however, is lovable towards its owner and makes for a great companion.

Care: Regular combing and/or brushing is required. Their thick undercoat may become matted if not properly groomed. Pay special attention to matting on the bottoms of the feet. Clean ears and eyes meticulously. Even though they love to walk and play, Lhasa Apsos do not demand exercise, but regular exercise will keep them fit and trim.

Training: The Lhasa is generally an obedient dog and can be easily trained. Some Lhasas tend to be independent and can have some difficulty following commands. The breed will eventually do what is asked but may need to take a little time to think about the instructions first.

Activity: The Lhasa Apso loves to play indoor games and is quite rambunctious, which largely meets their exercise needs. However, they benefit from outdoor excursions such as a daily walk. They are not suited for outdoor life, so even a small yard is unnecessary. The Lhasa is an excellent apartment and condominium dweller.
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