Lhasa Apso

The lionhearted Lhasa Apso is a protective, loyal family companion.

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DOG BREED GROUP Companion Dogs HEIGHT General: 9 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder WEIGHT General: 12 to 15 pounds LIFE SPAN 12 to 15 years

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Summary
The Lhasa Apso dog breed is originally from Tibet, where he was a highly regarded watchdog in the palaces and monasteries of his mountainous homeland. Today's Lhasa is no longer a palace guard but primarily a family companion who loyally protects his family from danger. Though small in stature, the Lhasa is a sturdy and independent dog. Additional articles you will be interested in: Adoption Dog Names

He can even tend toward manipulation. Bred for hundreds of years to be a royal watchdog. If you are considering a Lhasa.             Bringing Home Your Dog Help with Training Puppies Housetraining Puppies Feeding a Puppy Dog games Teaching your dog tricks How to take pictures of your dog Overview Highlights History Size Personality Health Care Feeding Coat. Older children. given his small size and long. He tends to bond with adults more than with youngsters. know that you'll be doing a lot of grooming. Few pups are cuter than the Lhasa puppy. Frequent bathing is necessary. Housetraining can be difficult. or they can become frustrated with the Lhasa's refusal to take lessons too seriously. independent (a watchdog must think on his own). is well worth your effort in terms of the loyalty. Daily brushing and combing are necessary to keep it free of tangles. These little ones are curious and full of energy. about that Lhasa coat — it's splendid: long.crate training is recommended. If you are seeking a 100 percent "kid dog. He's intelligent. however. He certainly doesn't appear fierce. The Lhasa matures slowly and remains puppyish until he's three years old. joy. and some live 17 to 20 years. But those who know and love the Lhasa praise his smarts and unique ability to reason. or that you'll be on a first-name basis with a professional groomer. the modern Lhasa approaches life the way his forebears did: he is a loyal guardian of home and family. he'll nip. to keep the Lhasa smelling sweet. In this he differs from such breeds as the biddable Labrador Retriever. The lionhearted Lhasa's devotion also means he enjoys sharing life with his family. If you are considering a Lhasa — and many find his looks irresistible — you must consider this breed's protective nature. hardy little dog provides. he is not always the most obedient dog in the class. a very large dog. but this isn't a hard-and-fast rule. While the Lhasa can be trained successfully. which means his goal in life is not necessarily to please you. or young children who are exceptionally gentle with dogs. . your Lhasa will certainly try. Early socialization and training are absolutely critical to a Lhasa's success as a family member. or trim the hair around the face. and companionship that this long-lived. though never unusually aggressive. Color and Grooming Children and other pets Rescue Groups Breed Organizations Overview The Lhasa Apso thinks he's a large dog. flowing coat. can live happily with the Lhasa. thick. too. But when it comes to protecting his own. The average Lhasa lives a long time: 12 to 15 years is not uncommon. so consistency is key in training the Lhasa pup (just as it is with raising children). The time invested in training him. What about children and the Lhasa? Be aware that the breed is known for being impatient with the normal clumsiness associated with children. The Lhasa likes doing his own thing. The Lhasa's protective nature can surprise those unfamiliar with him." the Lhasa is probably not a good choice. Some owners opt to trim the coat short. so that he can properly direct his natural tendency toward wariness. and they love to play. and beautiful. If you don't take charge. and mischievous. It's also a chore to keep in good condition. the Lhasa is fierce. He's naturally suspicious of strangers — an excellent trait for a palace guard — and he takes his job as protector seriously. Now. New owners need to keep this in mind when training Lhasa puppies. with his sparking eyes and fluffy coat.

and he takes his name from the holy city of Lhasa. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies. The Lhasa matures slowly. Early." Training and socialization. or pet store. and fierce. . Lhasa owners must be strong. It was thought that when an owner died. The Lhasa is not extremely active and is content living indoors. The independent Lhasa likes to be "top dog. he's also regal. which translates as "Bark Lion Sentinel Dog. They'll teach him good canine manners and prevent him from thinking he can rule the roost. and that they have sound temperaments. For thousands of years. Suydam Cutting. and even then he remains somewhat puppyish until old age. He's sturdy and strong. though you can teach him good canine manners. but not until he knows that an individual poses no threat." The Lhasa's thick coat is protective. and the two gift dogs became the foundation stock for his kennel. New Jersey. not you. sociable pet. The Lhasas were always given in pairs and were thought to bring with them good luck and prosperity. he also takes a long time to grow up. Don't expect too much too soon. The beautiful Lhasa coat needs a lot of grooming. and have your veterinarian check his teeth and gums periodically. o o o o o o o Highlights The Lhasa is highly independent. The Lhasa may be small. There's no changing this. the human soul entered the body of his Lhasa Apso. Cutting owned Hamilton Farm in Gladstone. and he's naturally wary of strangers. never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder. Dental care is essential. but he isn't a bit fragile. his aim is to please himself. From the beginning of the Manchu Dynasty in 1583 until as recently as 1908. The Lhasa is a naturally protective watchdog. or to pay a professonial groomer. positive socialization is essential to help him become a friendly. puppy mill. The Lhasa is a leader. he does enjoy and benefit from short walks and play sessions. He's an excellent watchdog.  History The Lhasa comes from Tibet. mischievous. the Dalai Lama sent Lhasas as sacred gifts to the Emperor of China and members of the Imperial family. The first Lhasas to enter the United States directly were given as gifts by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1933 to C. The American Kennel Club accepted the Lhasa Apso as a breed in 1935. To get a healthy dog.C. However. beginning with puppy classes. Recorded history of the breed goes back to 800 B. He's a happy. he doesn't need vigorous exercise to reduce nervous energy.  Personality The Lhasa Apso personality is a special and interesting mix. Brush the Lhasa's teeth regularly. He's known in his homeland as Abso Seng Kye. Expect to do a lot of work. He takes the job of guarding his home and family seriously. his native climate is one of intense cold and extreme heat. and playful dog. are essential. He will make friends. females are slightly smaller.  Size Males stand 10 to 11 inches high and weigh 13 to 15 pounds. and he'll be your leader if you allow him to. kind leaders. Unlike many other breeds. a noted world traveler and naturalist. A Lhasa was considered good luck. Lhasas were not allowed to leave the country except when given as gifts by the Dalai Lama. but it was nearly impossible to buy one: he was a watchdog in temples and monasteries and was therefore considered sacred. independent. the Lhasa was bred exclusively by nobility and monks in monasteries to act an inside guard and protector.

He may reach full size at one year of age. and environmental changes. It looks like a red mass — a cherry — at the inner corner of the dog's eye. Treatment includes medication. In Lhasas. but his behavior will still be quite puppyish. and other chemicals. There are three main types of allergies: food allergies. Choose the middle-of-the-road puppy. or other conditions. If you're buying a puppy. He is not high-energy dog. it can be uncomfortable for the dog. The Lhasa doesn't usually suffer from separation anxiety. The disease varies in severity: severely affected puppies are excessively thirsty and small for their age. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (offa. a gooey yellow discharge. not the one who's beating up his littermates or the one who's hiding in the corner. training. scaly skin with hair loss on top of the head. Patellar luxation is when the knee joint (often of a hind leg) slides in and out of place. Luxation means dislocation of an anatomical part (as a bone at a joint). and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. wandering around the house. dog shampoos. He's happy sitting in your lap. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful. and sometimes surgery. an unpleasant odor. and secondary skin infections. find a good breeder who will show you health clearances for both your puppy's parents. and socialization. Severely affected dogs can have thickened skin. and they're eventually destroyed. and the Lhasa Apso is no exception. Although the problem is primarily cosmetic. When a dog has SA. playing with his toys. Mildly affected dogs may show no symptoms. Housetraining the Lhasa can be challenging. Treatment varies according to the cause and may include dietary restrictions. neck. because of his independent nature. Early in the disease. allergies. they lose sight during the day as the disease progresses. Be especially patient during training — keep it positive and consistent. and be willing to go the long haul.  Feeding . so it's wise to crate train. Your vet will perform a biopsy of the skin if SA is suspected. Patellar Luxation: Also known as slipped stifles. However. but like all breeds. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is a family of eye diseases that involves the gradual deterioration of the retina.  Health Lhasas are generally healthy. though he does enjoy playing outside in a fenced yard. from Auburn University for thrombopathia. contact allergies. he's fine when left alone at home for reasonable amounts of time. you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better). He's well suited forapartment or condo living. hypothyroidism. Cherry Eye: This malady occurs when the gland known as the third eyelid swells. The symptoms. can be mistaken for conjunctivitis. following them room to room to join in the activities or sit on a lap. The treatment for cherry eye is usually surgery. as long as their surroundings remain the same. Sebaceous Adenitis (SA): This is a serious problem in dogs. which are caused by airborne allergens such as pollen. but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed. causing pain. this is an inflammation of the eye that occurs when the tear production is deficient. Temperament is affected by a number of factors.The Lhasa likes to stay close to his family. Many affected dogs adapt well to their limited or lost vision. The Lhasa is content with several short walks each day. and mildew. Also. and back. Allergies: Allergies are a common ailment in dogs. which are noticeably small and irregular in shape. medications. artificial tears. Treatment options vary. the sebaceous glands in the skin become inflamed for unknown reasons. affected dogs become night-blind. they're prone to certain health conditions. dust. and he doesn't tend to bounce off the walls when cooped up on a rainy day. although many dogs lead relatively normal lives with this condition. and they often suffer renal failure. this is a common problem in small dogs. remember that this dog will likely take a long time to mature mentally. and inhalant allergies. This can be crippling. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. o o o o o o o  Care The Lhasa is a great choice for people with limited space. The patella is the kneecap. This genetic skin condition is difficult to diagnose and often is mistaken for hypothyroidism. Not all Lhasas will get any or all of these diseases. willing to approach people and be held by them. Always meet at least one of the parents — usually the mother is the one who's available — to ensure that they have nice temperaments that you're comfortable with. and alerting you to passersby. and von Willebrand's disease. which are caused by a reaction to a topical substance such as bedding. Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia: This is a developmental or genetic defect of the kidneys. Affected dogs typically have dry. flea powders.org). including heredity. which are treated by eliminating certain foods from the dog's diet. Meeting siblings or other relatives of the parents is also helpful for evaluating what a puppy will be like when he grows up. elbow dysplasia. Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca: Commonly known as dry eye.

feeding your puppy. rashes. given proper introductions and training. His ears should be checked weekly for redness or a bad odor. Note: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size. as is frequent bathing(every two to four weeks). which can indicate an infection. age. mouth. Eyes should be clear. tenderness. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without having to press hard. Many owners elect to hire a professional groomer. and on the feet. in the nose. such as hiking or cross-country skiing. because although a hardworking owner can learn to manage the Lhasa's coat. just clean the outer ear. Keeping the Lhasa coat gorgeous. or signs of infection such as redness. The Lhasa thinks he's a large dog. Dog toenails have blood vessels in them. see our guidelines for buying the right food. however. the Lhasa gets along with other dogs. Handle his paws frequently — dogs are touchy about their feet — and look inside his mouth.Recommended daily amount: 3/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.  Children and other pets Children are probably not at the top of the Lhasa's list of favorite things. It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. First. is time-consuming and difficult. and dense. with no redness or discharge. including honey. If he's properly socialized and trained. The quality of dog food you buy also makes a difference — the better the dog food. Then place your hands on his back. and eyes. and if you cut too far you can cause bleeding — and your dog may not cooperate the next time he sees the nail clippers come out. If you can't. Don't insert anything into the ear canal. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards. pH-balanced ear cleaner to help prevent infections. if you're not experienced trimming dog nails. It comes in many colors. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early. The Lhasa can get along with other pets as well. Brush your Lhasa's teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria that lurk inside it. For more on feeding your Lhasa. As you groom. give him the eye test and the hands-on test. Regular. He does like to be top dog. The Lhasa is best suited to a home with older children who understand how to properly handle him. Normally it is long. Color and Grooming The Lhasa coat is gorgeous. thumbs along the spine. and feeding your adult dog. or inflammation on the skin. straight. look down at him. Begin accustoming your Lhasa to being brushed and examined when he's a puppy. heneeds less food and more exercise. When you check your dog's ears. white. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath. metabolism. Dogs are individuals. brushing and combing are necessary. slate. Trim his nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn't wear them down naturally to prevent painful tears and other problems. and they don't all need the same amount of food. they're too long. Keep your Lhasa in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time. but what's left is a lot easier to care for. divided into two meals. In fact. He's not advised for a family with young or rowdy kids. If you're unsure whether he's overweight. and he'll nip. with the fingers spread downward. So. or parti-color. ask a vet or groomer for pointers. even daily. He tends to be intolerant of the normal antics of children. The beautiful flowing coat is gone. check for sores. If you can hear them clicking on the floor. black. so he's often the leader. He isn't afraid to join in activities normally associated with large dogs. You should be able to see a waist. wipe them out with a cotton ball dampened with gentle. the further it will go toward nourishing your dog and the less of it you'll need to shake into your dog's bowl. just like people. it's not uncommon for owners to have their Lhasa's coat clipped short to cut down on grooming chores.  Rescue Groups . and you'll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams and other handling when he's an adult.  Coat. build. it's certainly not a job for beginners. even around other dogs who are much larger. and activity level.

There are many Lhasa Apsos in need of adoption and/or fostering.Lhasa Apsos are often obtained without any clear understanding of what goes into owning one. Inc. o  o American Lhasa Apso Club Breed Organizations American Lhasa Apso Club. There are a number of rescues that we have not listed. If you don't see a rescue listed for your area. and they can point you toward a Lhasa Apso rescue organization. contact the national breed club or a local breed club. Quick Search of Breeds OTHER DOGS IN COMPANION DOGS GROUP             .

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