The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet. There, this little dog was known as Abso Seng Kye, meaning Bark Lion Sentinel Dog. Lhasas were used as indoor guard dogs to alert the owners of any strangers. Having a wonderful sense of hearing helped them perform their job well.
A Lhasa Apso requires daily brushing and, if his coat is long, regular grooming appointments. Many choose to keep their dog in a “puppy cut,” where all of the hair is the same length. This hairstyle keeps the Lhasa’s hair more manageable.
Bear in mind that the Lhasa Apso can be wary of strangers. Deep in this dog’s roots is a guard dog, eager to keep unknown people out. With proper socialization, however, your Lhasa can be very friendly towards everyone. At a young age, expose your dog to as many different people, places, and animals as possible. This way, he will be able to handle strangers with ease as an adult. The people and animals are very important to introduce this dog to, as he can be distrustful of both!
If you have young children, a Lhasa may not be for you. Some of these dogs will not tolerate the rough but well meant handing by youngsters. Children, without meaning to, pet harder and pull on things they shouldn’t like ears and tails. If your Lhasa is around young children, always be there to supervise.
Lhasa Apsos require a daily walk and good romp in a safe fenced-in yard. They also need to have daily playtime sessions with you, whether it be tug-of-war or fetch. Remember to never let your dog lay around all day. Dogs need daily exercise to keep healthy and fit no matter what the breed.
Lhasa Apsos excel in the show ring and dog agility. Though they may seem stubborn, they are a very intelligent breed!
The average lifespan of this little dog is about 12-14 years. By exercising your dog and feeding him healthy balanced meals, he could easily live into his teens.
The Lhasa Apso comes in many different colors. Some of them are red, black, brown, white gold, and cream. They can be a solid color or a mixture.
Lhasa Apsos are very smart, and this shouldn’t go to waste. These dogs, however, are not overly eager to please, making them harder to train. But with time and patience – and lots of treats! – your Lhasa will eventually obey. Remember, it’s not that they’re stupid. They’re just so clever that they easily become bored with the same commands and tricks. Keep training session short and vary the tricks to keep your dog interested.
It’s important for you, as the owner, to maintain the role of pack leader. If you do not, your Lhasa Apso will eagerly take over! If you say that your dog cannot get on the couch, stick to it. If you keep changing your mind, your Lhasa will doubt your authority and try to test its limits. Dogs are like human toddlers. If you are not consistent, they will not obey!
Lhasa Apsos are loved for their entertaining antics, guarding instincts, and wonderful personalities. They’re always up for a challenge, even if it’s as simple as racing across the yard!