Breed of the Month–Lhasa Apso

2April 2010

Lhasa Apso

Color:  Any combination of black, white, brown, sandy, slate, smoke, honey, golden, dark and grizzle.
Height:  Males:  10-11.5 inches/  Females:  slightly smaller
Weight:  13-18 lbs
Life Span:  up to 18 years.

Breed Health Concerns:  renal dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.

Coat:  Both a dense outer and innercoat.
Country of Origin:  Tibet (China).

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

Shaggy, small dogs have been known of as far back as 8000 BCE.  Believed to bring prosperity and peace, these small dogs were widely given as gifts.  Buddhism encouraged the breed’s look of a lion, the symbol that represents the power of the Tibetan Buddha.

Lhasa Apsos can easily distinguish friend from foe and have served as highly regarded companions.  Lhasa Apsos can become possessive if not properly socialized from a young age.

Although small, the Lhasa Apso is very sturdy and requires plenty of regular exercise.  The Lhasa Apso will insist on being part of the daily action and family activity.

Show ring Lhasa Apsos require daily grooming.  The family pet should be brushed regularly and extra care must be taken to make sure the eye area stays clean.

Lhasa Apsos have been spoiled dogs for centuries and can make training more of a challenge.  Because they are devoted, the can be quick learners when properly motivated.  Socialization is critical for the Lhasa Apso.