We’re an amiable little dog originating from Tibet where we were mainly as guard dogs. We were loved by the monks and we’d guard their monasteries, living at high altitude in mountainous countryside. Our long coat and warm undercoat, together with a generous covering of hair over our face, helped to keep us warm. Lhasa Apsos first appeared in Britain in the 1920s. We’re also very popular in America and other western countries.
What do I look like?
We’re a solid dog with a long coat. Our head has a medium to narrow skull and a blunt muzzle. The Lhasa Apso nose is black and our eyes are dark brown. Our legs are short and terminate in cat-feet with a tail curled over our back. Obviously our long coat requires considerable effort to keep in good condition so have a good pair of scissors in the house! If you want to use us for show purposes then this requires even more dedication. Even as a domestic pet, lack of regular grooming will result in us getting matted and that can be really uncomfortable. Despite our diminutive stature we are a hardy dog that welcomes regular exercise. We’re from Tibet remember, so we’re no stranger to mountains.
What do I need from you?
At the risk of sounding vain, I just love those calendars they make with photos of our breed! But get one in early January – nothing much happens between Christmas and New Year that you need to remember so they’re a lot cheaper then.
What I will give in return
Our reduced height should not discount us as useful house dogs! We are very alert, intelligent and protective. Just mention of the word “squirrel” will send us scampering off to the back door to fend off those pesky garden intruders! We’re a good-natured dog that welcomes affection and will integrate easily into family life. Strangers are not always going to be met with a warm welcome, however – guarding territory is very much in the Lhasa Apso nature.
What's our health like?
We can have a sensitive digestive system – therefore some experimentation with appropriate food may be necessary.
How big will I get?
Typically 10in-12in in height and about 13lb-15lb (6kg-7kg) in weight.
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Disclaimer: the views expressed on this page and any comments below are only a guide to typical traits and views on the breed. Individual circumstance and traits will always vary so we can be in no way responsible for any of the information provided.