The Lhasa Apso dog originated in Tibet, about 2000 years ago. Most upper class individuals wanted the Lhasa Apso as a pet because they were considered good luck. You will find that they are an intelligent animal as well as having perfect hearing. Most Lhasa Apso dogs are 13 to 15 pounds and reach a height of 10 to 11 inches.
They are considered a small dog. They are either black, white, brown, grey, cream, or multi coloured. As with most dogs with a lot of hair they have a problem with shedding at different times of the year, but are considered moderate.
They have a thick insulation underneath their top coat offering a barrier to the cold weather. The long hair also offers more comfort during the colder season. The hair grows to the floor and often covers the eyes if it is not trimmed at a regular basis. The coat is not the softest hair, but it is rather nice. Due to the early breeding of the dog you will find they have a lot of stamina and muscles. They tend to be a little aloof when confronted with strangers, however they tend to have a playful nature.
You will find this breed fits in well with a family. If you have children it is best that they be older in order to get along with the Lhasa Apso breed. They do not tolerate disrespect or small children well. You will find that the Lhasa Apso dog is expressive with affection, but they are also very stubborn. Most often they tend to have two different personalities given their moods.
With the heightened sense of hearing you will also find they make great watchdogs. You will also find jealousy is sparked when they are mixed with other pets. It seems they are a one pet family. The Lhasa Apso also needs a great deal of attention. A family that will not be around during the day is not the best type for this wonderful breed.
You may find that in a playful mood or when irritated they will nip. This is one reason for avoiding placing a Lhasa Apso with a family that has small children. The hair is going to take a lot of care for grooming. It can get matted, tangled, and dirty very easily because of its length and style. You will need to brush them at least once a day.
Luckily you can also bathe them when it is necessary. Unlike other dogs the Lhasa Apso doesn't have sensitive skin and they won't loose the natural oils of the hair when bathed. Having said that they can develop skin problems due to parasites, ear infections, and eye problems as well. This is why cleaning on a regular schedule is imperative.
Other health problems can include kidney disease. Training can be difficult because of their behaviour. They do tend to be stubborn and even housetraining may be a problem. Your best option for training your Lhasa Apso dog is to have professional help. You will want to visit a training centre to help you learn basic techniques that can be applied. You may ask the breeder to help with training as well before you take over the care.
They need a firm hand with respect as well as consistency. You will also find that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to get them trained. A Lhasa Apso will provide you with plenty of companionship or even make a great show dog. You do have to be aware of their aggressive side so that you avoid issues with other pets and humans.
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