Are you aware the Lhasa Apso breed of dog was the watchdog for nobles and monasteries in the nation of Tibet? The accepted belief is this wonderful breed of dog was kept indoors with the monks to warn of any intruders. Centuries of careful breeding have produced a very intelligent dog, and many people have discovered they are great pets and companions.
Lhasa Apso breed
While small in stature, the Lhasa Apso breed more than makes up for this with great loyalty, a fearless attitude, and intelligence. Wonderful with all humans from very young children, to the elderly, these dogs will win your affections quite quickly. Often called little lion with a small bark this is because when fully grown the Lhasa Apso breed appear much like a miniature version of a lion with their large coat of fur. It is due to centuries of living in the cold mountains of Tibet, along with their heavy layer of fur, that make these dogs enjoy cold weather and playing in snow with children or adults is an activity the dogs enjoy immensely.
Males normally weigh in around 18 pounds and females at 15 pounds. The breed has a very long life span compared to many other breeds. It is quite normal for the Lhasa Apso to reach fifteen years old and occasionally a few years long than this. Physically the breed is small but very muscularly stout, and has very good endurance capabilities. They will fearlessly defend their owners and property, and have been known to intimidate much larger breeds of dogs by their aggressiveness towards any animal or person they feel is a threat.
A good description of their general attitude is given in the following Wikipedia article:
Lhasa Apsos are independent as well as companion dogs who want to please their owners, yet they may be suspicious toward strangers. Unique personality characteristics of Lhasa Apsos have gained them a reputation as being a very emotive breed that, in most cases, prove themselves to be completely fearless. Lhasa Apsos often show happiness by rubbing their head on their owners, running and rolling around, or sitting on their owner’s feet.
While they may sound like the perfect dog, and in many ways they are, you should be prepared for the fact these are what we can refer to as “high maintenance” animals. Due to the long thick coat of hair daily brushing is required. If not done on a daily schedule the hair quickly becomes a tangled mess, and will have to be cut to remove. The eyes are prone to developing cataracts, and the long ears are in need of constant cleaning to ward off ear mites and infections.
If you are thinking of adding the Lhasa Apso breed to your family there are plus’s as well as the above mentioned negatives, but overall this is one breed of dog suitable for a great house dog, those who live in small apartments, and the elderly.
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