The Lhasa Apso As a Pet and Guardian

  • 13/03/2015
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As its name implies the Lhasa Apso as a breed originated in Tibet. There it traditionally had the honor of watching over monasteries and palace.

Today's Lhasa Apso does indeed have a sense of the regal about it with its sweeping silky skirt that, when properly groomed, just barely skims the floor. It is the perfect size for a household pet and companion. But don't let his small stature fool you. This little guy can hold his own! He is by nature a guardian, a watchdog and protector of his home and family. It is what his ancestors have done for years!

Socializing and Training

The Lhaso is a very protective breed, which can work for you or against you, depending on how much you are willing to put into his training. It is vital that your Lhasa be socialized from the very beginning and that you be consistent with his training. If you are, he will prove an excellent companion and guardian.

Training requires a great deal of patience as the Lhasa tends to have a mind of his own. But he can be well trained if the trainer or owner is persistent. He takes a firm hand and positive reinforcement and praise when he does well.

Caring for the Lhasa's Coat

In most cases your Lhasa needs little more than a daily brushing to keep his elegant coat tangle free. But you must be consistent; it can get away from you very quickly. Every few weeks a bath and blow dry can be added to his grooming routine to keep his coat shiny, clean and smelling good. Many Lhasa owners choose to give their pet a shorter, puppy cut. This is a good option if he is not going to be used for show, or for people who have very busy schedules that just can't accommodate a lot of grooming.

A Lhasa is generally not recommended for a household with younger children. The Lhasa has a tendency to snap when it gets annoyed, and toddlers and younger kids can be very curious and over-attentive when there is a new dog in the household. Older children usually have few problems and, in fact, have been known to form a strong bond with their dog.

Another plus with a Lhaso is that they enjoy longer than average life spans, generally from 12-15 years. They are neither prone to sickness nor overly delicate as some of the toy sized breeds can be. As a result, in addition to a long life, you can add hardiness to their list of good qualities. Beyond their yearly vaccinations and check-ups, your Lhasa won't generally be costing you a lot in the way of veterinarian fees.

If you think the Lhasa Apso is a good fit for your family, do some research before buying. Find a reputable breeder who breeds for health and temperament so you can be confident you have a healthy dog who will be able to share your life for years to come.

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