Description of the Lhasa apso
Height: 10 - 11 inches
Weight: 13 - 15 lbs.
Colors: Solid golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate or smoke; black, parti-color, white or brown.
Coat: Top coat long, heavy, straight and course. Moderate undercoat.
Temperament: Gentle, loyal, intelligent, creative
Good with Children: Yes
Good with Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Family Pet
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Daily combing and or brushing is required. Their thick undercoat may become matted if not properly groomed. A simple puppy cut four times a year will help to maintain your Lhasa apsos hair without constant maintenance. Pay special attention to matting on the bottoms of the feet, clean ears and eyes meticulously. Puppies should have their bottoms kept clipped (use extreme care) as they sometimes will soil themselves and longer hair will make it more difficult to remove and clean. The Lhasa apso loves to walk and play, but does not demand rigorous exercise. Regular walks and a play area will generally meet the needs of even the most active Lhasa apso.
Training: Can be obstinate. Patience and NO harsh words are the best approach.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: Large house, tiny apartment, country or city a Lhasa Apso will adapt to his environment.
Health Issues: May suffer from genetic kidney problems or ear infections.
Average Life Span: 14 Years
Litter Size: 4 - 5
Country of Origin: Tibet
History: The Lhasa apso is the most popular of the breeds indigenous to Tibet. The Tibetan Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel and Lhasa Apso all share common ancestors. Sometimes known as the Tibetan Apso, the name "apso" means goat-like. It is believed that Lhasa apso may have been named for their coat, which resembles that of the goats kept by Tibetan herders. In Tibet the Lhasa Apso was a treasured dog of the privileged classes. The Lhasa apso has been bred in a domestic environment for generations, and has a very high social status in his native little country. He first came to Britain in the 1930's and then later to America by 1935.