Featured Dog Breed – Lhasa Apso
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Lhasa Apso Temperament
The Lhasa Apso is a happy, gentle, and loyal breed, and is a small dog with plenty of character and spirit. A dignified and watchful dog, the Lhasa Apso will bark to raise an alarm and therefore makes an effective watchdog. Although these dogs look very cute and cuddly, they do have certain personality traits that make them better suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. These dogs can be extremely strong willed and stubborn, may be bossy and dominant, and can be manipulative and jealous. He can also be very difficult to train and housebreak. These dogs do not like to be teased or handled roughly, and will not take to boisterous and rough children, although they should get on okay with gentle, older kids.
When it comes to strangers the Lhasa Apso tends ot be very stand offish and wary. However, once he has become acquainted will usually become friendly and welcoming. He will usually get on well with other pets, although his jealous streak and bossy nature can make harmony a challenge at times. With the right owner – someone with confidence, assertiveness, and a positive training attitude – the Lhasa Apso can make a very good companion pet and family dog. These dogs love to play but their exercise requirements are not particularly demanding – regular walks and a safe, secured area to play will suffice.
Lhasa Apso Appearance
The Lhasa Apso is a small dog with a sturdy, compact build, and beautiful dark eyes. His coat is heavy, long, and straight, and has a hard texture. The color of the Lhasa Apso can vary, and includes slate, sable, cream, gold, grizzle, and others. These dogs have a very sweet and innocent expression – don’t let this fool you, as they can be as stubborn as they come when it comes to doing as they are told! The weight of the Lhasa Apso is around 11-18 pounds, and the height is around 10-11 inches.
Lhasa Apso Grooming
The Lhasa Apso’s grooming requirements can be very demanding, and in order to keep his long coat in good condition you will need to brush on a daily basis. You should also bathe the dog once a week, and trim the hair around his bottom for hygiene reasons. Make sure that you check the ears of the Lhasa Apso are dry and clean to reduce the risk of infection, and you may wish to get his coat clipped every couple of months or so. With proper grooming the Lhasa Apso is a low shedder, and may suit those with allergies.
Lhasa Apso Health Problems and Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Lhasa Apso is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems and disorders that are linked to this breed. Some of these include luxating patella, entropion, HD, PRA, vWD, spinal problems, cataracts, allergies, bladder stones, and skin problems. The parents of the Lhasa Apso puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.
Lhasa Apso History
The Lhasa Apso originates from Tibet, and was once a favorite amongst higher classes from its native land. The breed was introduced to both Britain and America in the 1930s, and was registered with the AKC in 1935.