Lhasa Apso - Basic Facts To Know

  • 25/03/2013
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The Lhasa Apso, also called the Lhasa Terrier, is classified under the non-sporting breed class. They have a long shaggy coat that makes them look a bit like a small Old English Sheepdog. The breed is believed to have first appeared during around 800BC. They were originally bred for acting as a watch dog inside Buddhist monasteries. They are popular as a companion for patient owners in the modern day. Qualities like their shaggy coat and stubborn but devoted temperament are what they are famous for. They are known to originate from the Himalayan Mountains near the city of Lhasa and their earlier ancestors are among the closest to the ancestral wolves.

They are classed as a small sized breed. The suggested male dimensions are 10-11 inches tall with a weight of 11-18 pounds. They're well-known for their bold, alert and sometimes stubborn manner. They are unsuitable as a guard dog, as they are small in size though they are mostly reserved (with a tendency to bark) when it comes to strangers. They're not known to be highly clever, and score 68th in comparison to all other breeds when learning new things.

They're somewhat suitable for a family pet, seeing as they are good with kids. They do combine well with other animals such as other pets and dogs they can play with. Grooming them is a demanding task. They require proper grooming every 2 to 3 weeks, and regular brushing through their coat once every day or two. They can very easily be suitable for being kept in an apartment, but enjoy having a small yard (though doesn't need one) that gives them room to run around.

As with a good number of small sized breeds, they're predominantly long-lived with an expected life of 12-14 years. Their main health issue is skin conditions or infections, and they can also be susceptible to kidney problems, hip dysplasia or eye problems. Hobbies like indoor play sessions or games of fetch will give them great pleasure. To avoid hyperactivity or other bad habits, they call for moderate walks each day owing to their low to medium degree of energy.

If you choose to buy the Lhasa Apso you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time grooming and giving them attention. They are very suitable for families with older children or anyone with a less active lifestyle, but not the best choice for families with young, rough children. Perhaps the most attractive thing regarding this particular dog is the fact it has a lovable shaggy appearance and devoted temperament that means it will be a great companion for many years.

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