Lhasa Apso


Origin and brief history:

The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet and is of the non-sporting group. It was mainly bred to alert Monks in the Buddhist monasteries of intruders. The name originated from the capital city of Tibet, which is Lhasa and from the word apso, which means bearded in Tibetan. In translation, Lhasa Apso, simply means long haired Lhasa dog. However, some claim that the name derives from rapso, which means goat like. This would translate into wooly Lhasa dog.



Lhasa Apso’s have a keen sense of hearing and a loud bark. If let untrained they can be very aggressive towards strangers. The Lhasa Apso is known for being fearless and must be socialized early on to avoid problems. They require a lot of patience and may be slow to train, but will provide a house with amusement and entertainment. The Lhasa Apso is very loyal and will aim to please. They need a small amount of exercise and are perfect house pets.


The Lhasa Apso requires a great deal of daily grooming. They must be brushed daily so that their fur does not mat. They will need to have several different brushes and combs to use on their dense fur. Cuttings will need to be done regularly and usually by a professional.  Nails should be clipped every few weeks. The Lhasa Apso has a problem with their eyes producing tears, and will require daily washings around the eyes. Ear care is also very important with this breed, as they have a lot of fur around the ears and will need to be cleaned regularly.


Specification of breed

The male Lhasa Apso is usually 10.75 in (27.3cm) and weights between 14lbs. (6.4kg) and 18 lbs. (8.2kg).The female Lhasa Apso eights between 12 lbs. (5.4 kg) and 14 lbs. (6.4kg) and are slightly smaller than the male. The coat is very straight, heavy, hard, and extremely dense. The colors vary and can be of a gold shade to a black, white, or red. The tail is to be carried over the dogs back.

Buyer Beware

The Lhasa Apso is a beautiful dog, however if you are not ready for daily brushing and grooming’s then this may not be the right dog. Grooming can be very time consuming.  They are also very strong willed and not very trusting of strangers. They will need a great deal of socialization and training, but make great pets. The Lhasa Apso will bark to alert you to changes in the environment. The Lhasa Apso is also a little stubborn and will take a confident and patient owner. However, they are very loyal and will be a great addition if the proper training is carried out.



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