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Lhasa Apso Breed Information

October 20, 2010 on 7:52 am | In Lhasa Apso | No Comments

Lhasa Apso Breed Information

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DESCRIPTION

The Lhasa Apso is identifiable by its long coat that reaches all the way to the floor.  The coat is heavy and double-coated, draping over the whole body and coming in the following colors: Gold, cream and honey (the most popular colors), however they also come in smoke, dark-grizzle, slate and a multi-color assortment of brown, white and black.  The color of the Lhasa Apso can change as it grows and matures.  Some have likened their appearance to a miniature version of the Old English sheepdog.  The coat itself, has a hard. heavy texture and feel, without silkiness.  The hair cascades over the body as well as the apple shaped head, finishing over its eyes.  Lhasa Apsos have dark a dark beard and moustache, with a medium length muzzle, without squaring.  The ears are feathered heavily and pendant in shape, whilst the eyes are deep set, dark brown in color and large (but not overly so).  They have a longer body than they are tall, with strong loins and well developed thighs.  Forequarters are straight and both forelegs and hind legs are covered with hair.  They have cat-like feet with thick pads and a tail that is well feathered and carried in a screw like fashion over the back.

TEMPERAMENT

Their slightly ostentatious look, hides a hardy dog, full of character.  The Lhasa Apso is an assertive and intelligent breed, with a friendly and lively disposition, displaying a lot of affection for its masters.  They can be trained to a high obedience level, however unfortunately, due to their size, many owners neglect obedience training and do not reinforce their position as pack leaders, as a result this breed is susceptible to ´small dog syndrome.´  This can lead to a variety of unwanted and negative behaviors.  Having said this, if this dog is made aware of its place in the ´family pack´ and owners display alpha dog traits, they should make wonderful little pets.  When training a Lhasa Apso, motivational and positive reinforcement methods achieve the best results  The Lhasa Apso is a vocal dog, with a keen sense of hearing and so can make a good watchdog. 

HEIGHT: Dogs 25-28cm (10-11 inches), Bitches 22-25cm (9-10 inches)
WEIGHT: 5.9-6.8kg (13-15lbs)

HEALTH

Lhasa Apsos can suffer from skin conditions if parasites are not removed from the thick, long coat and some dogs may suffer from hip dysplasia.  More rare issues include eye problems, kidney issues and bleeding ulcers.

LIVING CONDITIONS

These dogs will do fine in an apartment, they are very active indoors, however their small size means that they will not require too much room to run about in and will not require a back garden or yard.

EXERCISE

A brisk daily walk is needed to keep this breed fit, both physically and mentally.  Although these dogs are very active indoors and play a lot, whilst this will burn some of their energy, it is important to understand that walking outside and not simply playing is an inherent need of all dogs.  It fulfills and instinctive requirement and can go a long way to help reduce unwanted behavior issues.

LIFE EXPECTANCY: Average 15 years, however many have been known to survive to 18 years
LITTER SIZE: Average of 4 puppies

GROOMING

The Lhasa Apso´s coat is parted along the spine and falls straight on either side.  It doesn´t require stripping or trimming, however daily brushing is required when they are in full coat, avoiding matting.  Cutting the coat shorter can reduce the grooming requirements.  Dry shampoo when necessary.  Feet, ears and eyes should be checked and cleaned regularly.  Lhasa Apsos are average shedders.

HISTORY

The Lhasa Apso is native to Tibet where its name is Abso Seng Kye, which translates as “Bark Lion Sentinel Dog.”  It finds its home in the region surrounding the sacred city of Lhasa.  Its keen hearing and vocal bark, where used as a second means of defense against intruders.  They were able to distinguish between friends and foe with astonishing accuracy and it was this perfected ability that lead to the breeding of Lhasa Apsos for almost 2000 years by Tibetan monks and nobles.  So revered were these little dogs that it was considered the vessel by which an owners soul was carried upon his or her death.  The first export of the Lhasa Apso came as a gift from the Dalai Lama and for many years it was close to impossible to purchase this breed, despite its fabled bringing of good luck.  The Lhasa Apso arrived on British shores in the 1920´s and in America in the 1930´s.  Suydam Cutting,a naturalist and traveler is considered the man solely responsible for the breeds popularity in the United States.  The Lhasa Apso was originally considered a terrier breed (1935), however it was reclassified in 1959 as part of the Non-Sporting Group.  The breed is now the most popular Tibetan breed in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Original article with pictures and more – Lhasa Apso

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Tips For Getting A Lhasa Apso Breed Of Dog

October 2, 2010 on 5:02 am | In Lhasa Apso | No Comments

Tips For Getting A Lhasa Apso Breed Of Dog

One of the cutest looking dogs around is the Lhasa Apso. The puppies especially are just irresistible but before one decides to purchase a Lhasa just because the kids are begging for one, there are some things that should be known about this particular breed.


Historically, Lhasa Apsos were kept by the monasteries and nobility in Tibet as indoor watch dogs. They would sleep by their masters and with their high intelligence plus keen sense of hearing, would warn of any intruders. Lhasa Apsos were never bought or sold in Tibet. Instead, the Dalai Lama sent Lhasa Apsos in pairs to the emperors of China as gifts. High ranking visitors to Tibet also received them as gifts.


They are also referred to as the little bark sentinel lion dogs since fully grown Lhasa Apsos could resemble small lions with all their hair. Lhasa Apso dogs can also behave very much like lions exhibiting no fear when confronted by strangers or even larger dogs. Despite its small size with adult females reaching 12 to 16 pounds and adult males ranging from 14 to 18 pounds, they are extremely hardy as well as rugged. Having existed in the extreme temperatures of Tibet for centuries, they are well suited for and actually enjoy romps in the snow.


They are also long lived. Both of my Lhasa Apsos lived past the age of fifteen years. I have heard reports of others living even longer. In appearance, the Lhasa Apso is very similar to the Shih Tzu breed. The face of a Lhasa Apso is not as flat as that of the Shih Tzu. It is believed that the Chinese crossed the Lhasa Apso with the Pekinese which resulted in the Shih Tzu with its flatter face.


One thing that all prospective owners should definitely know is that having a fur ball like a Lhasa Apso will require lots of maintenance. The long hair of this breed requires constant care. If left unattended even for a few days, the Lhasa Apso hair will mat up in clumps that cannot be untangled. Their floppy ears are also prone to infections and their eyes can develop problems. If a prospective owner is not willing to make a commitment to the high maintenance of a Lhasa Apso, a shorter hair breed is recommended.


The Lhasa Apso is considered by some breeders to be more stubborn and difficult to train than other dogs. Do not let all that cuteness give you the wrong impression as they are the little lion dogs after all. This breed has been revered and highly regarded for centuries in Asia.


The genetics may have resulted in some arrogance in them. One must be assertive in the proper training of the Lhasa Apso as this breed will test the new master. Lhasa Apsos are completely loyal and affectionate with their masters but many will not be fond of strangers no matter how obedient they are. This may be part of their watch dog tendency. One of my Lhasa Apsos was quite friendly with visitors but the other one wouldn’t even acknowledge their presence.


The breed may also not be appropriate with small children. Small children may get clumsy and accidentally poke Lhasas in the eyes or squeeze them too hard. Lhasas will not take this behavior lightly as they are not as patient with kids compared to say Labrador retrievers. Some Lhasas have been known to bite clumsy kids. Lhasa Apso dogs can be very good with children as long as they are treated with respect and care.


Despite these characteristics of the Lhasa Apso, they are excellent dogs to have as they can be one of the most loyal companions as long as it is recognized that they are high maintenance and may not be suitable for some families.

Get more info and advice on the Lhasa Apso or a full list of dog breeds at this Dog Behaviour website.

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Lhasa Apso in Snow

September 19, 2010 on 6:37 pm | In Lhasa Apso | 15 Comments

Holly is our 1 year old lhasa apso and this is the first time we have had snow. Shes seems to like it! :o)
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Mini the Lhasa Apso (pronounced Lah-sa Ahp-so)

September 15, 2010 on 7:00 pm | In Lhasa Apso | No Comments

Mini the Lhasa Apso (pronounced Lah-sa Ahp-so)

Mini was the first dog that I had owned. She had the familiar Lhasa Apso thick long coat draping her entire body down to the floor. She was a beautiful mixture of brown and white all over with a white feathered tale. I loved her eyes, which where of the deepest blue, although they where hard to see because they too where covered by thick hair. She appeared to be sporting long bangs. I think this is why she was prone to eye infections – her tear ducks would swell – usually clearing within several days. I loved bringing Mini home from the groomers with a bow holding a wisp of her hair at the top of her head. The Lhasa Apso requires much grooming. Therefore, you should consider the cost of regular grooming if you plan to own one.

Lhasa Apso’s are friendly, affectionate, intelligent, and spirited small dogs. Mini was easily housetrained and performed simple commands – sit, fetch, stay, etc. As a puppy she taught me an interesting lesson. We where playing tug of war with her rope toy. I was pulling on one end, as she vigorously pulled the other end with her teeth. All of a sudden she gave way and I noticed a tooth stuck on her end of the rope. I, not being familiar with what was happening, thought I had pulled too hard. I quickly called my dentist friend and she informed me that puppies – just like babies – lose their first set of teeth.

Lhasa Apso originated from Tibet and is named for the capital city of Lhasa. According to Wikipedia, the Lhasa Apso was bred originally to guard monasteries. The Lhasa Apso was expected to follow the intruder barking until his master arrived to check on the intruder. Also, they are believed to bring good luck to their owners. Mini was a fantastic watchdog and a precious companion. Her bark was quite deceiving because it sounded as if it belonged to a much larger dog.

If you are considering owning a Lhasa Apso they do well in apartment living. However, they are too nervous around children and therefore require supervision. They do need to be taken on daily walks for at least 20 minutes – dogs that do not have daily walks tend to display behavioral problems. The average life span of this breed is 15 years and they are generally a healthy dog. If you are planning to add a Lhasa Apso to your home please consider adopting one from a local shelter or a rescue group that specializes in this breed. Also, consider adopting an older dog, they are usually housetrained and are not readily adopted – they need love and a family too.

Maria Delgado is a writer for Amazingdogsplace.com, a leading provider of dog supplies. For more information, please visit www.amazingdogsplace.com.

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