Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso information

The Lhasa Apso breed is a small dog breed which originates from Tibet. It is counted as one of the oldest dog breed. It is only in 1921 that the Lhasa Apso arrived in Britain as a gift to a diplomate. Tbetans were strong believer that the Lhasa Apso was bringing luck in their lives and until then, the Lhasa Apso breed remained in Tibet.

Nowadays, this toy dog is considered a good and faithful companion.

Lhasa Apso characteristics

The Lhasa Apso measures between 10 and 11 inches and weights between 6 ton 7 Kilos. The Lhasa Apso breed has a long hair coat. This long-haired coat was a protection against the freezing temperatures of Himalayan mountains. The usual coat colours are cream, honey and gold.

Lhasa Apso grooming

The coat of the Lhasa Apso is easy to maintain as long as the hair is brushed and combed regularly. When the grooming is done properly, the hair of the Lhasa Apso do not tangle up. It is necessary to get the Lhasa Apso puppies used to being brushed regularly so that they enjoy it later on. Lhasa Apso puppies coat do not require too much maintenance. It is only from 4 months old that they will have their long haired coat.

The hair on the body and chest should be combed from the skin to its end. This, to avoid the hair to tangle up. The hair on the back of the dog should be part in the middle. The hair on the top of the head of the Lhasa Apso will need to be brushed the same way and clipped so that they do not go in the dogs eyes.

The legs of the Lhasa Apso have also long hair. They will need to be brushed gently.

In between professional grooming sessions, you will need to cut his hair between is pad and cut his nails.

To finish, the hair around the dog mouth, ears and neck should be combed.

Lhasa Apso temperament

The Lhasa Apso have a strong temperament. Therefore, it is important that owners establish themselves as the pack leader from the very beginning. Lhasa Apso are very intelligent and will need consistency in their training. If they do not feel the role of the pack leader is fulfilled, they will not hesitate to dominate the entire household.

Lhasa Apso will need to be well socialized as they can be wary of stranger. It is not unusual that they bark or show aggressive behaviours towards strangers. Also, the decision of adopting a Lhasa Apso puppy should be taken very carefully by families with children. This little dog is not very patient with children and is likely to growl or snap if teased.

Lhasa Apso training

Lhasa Apso puppies need to be socialized from an early age. It is important to introduce your Lhasa Apso puppy to new people so that he does not become wary of stranger. An early socialization will influence your dog future behaviour making him a more balanced dog. Lhasa Apso which have not been socialized often show aggressive behaviour towards strangers.

Having a strong temperament, Lhasa Apso need strong leadership. Owners will need to establish strict rules and remain firm with them. Lhasa Apso puppies will try to break your rules. It is important to remain calm, giving them a consistent training.

The Lhasa Apso breed is a sensitive breed which usually does not answer to loud voices. Also, there is no need to shout at them or become frustrated because they disobey. Remaining calm and assertive will serve you better helping you in establishing yourself as the pack leader.

Owners often tend to spoil little dogs. A Lhasa Apso will associate this act as a sign of weakness and might develop all sort of unwanted behaviours.

Lhasa Apso food habits

It is important to control the diet of the Lhasa Apso. He will never refuse food and might become overweight if not fed the right quantities. It is important to check his coat to ensure he does not have any skin problem. If you notice something abnormal, it is best to consult the vet to discuss a possible change of diet.

Lhasa Apso health

Lhasa Apsos have a life expectancy of about 15 years. They are considered to be healthy dogs. To keep your dog healthy, it is necessary to give him appropriate exercise. Lhasa Apso should not be encouraged to jump or climb stairs as it can be source of spinal injuries.

The Lhasa Apso breed is known to be affected by hip dysplasia.

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