Strong Leadership Required
The Lhasa Apso, a tiny dog breed with the fierce heart of a lion. A vigorous dog that can become a demanding tyrant if spoilt. Never jerk or harshly discipline this little tot, but that does not mean being permissive as he will take clever advantage.
With strong pack leadership, this most ornate dog breed, will give you years of loyal companionship. Do not attempt ownership if you are not prepared to put in hours of gentle but firm training with the Lhasa Apso puppy.
|History || |
Believed to have been in existence 520 BC. This Ancient was bred to guard the Buddhists' Monasteries. This miniature dog breed was revered in the ancient world and legend has it they were the reincarnation of pious (religious) priests that failed to attain Nirvana. The breed has become popular in the West making great show dogs and is now bred purely as companion dogs.
|Personality ||These are not your average lap dogs. They are strong willed and will refuse commands who have not established leadership over him. They demand attention and generally bond with one family member. These small dogs are stubborn and require nonpunitive training. |
|Appearance ||Thick long and abundant coats which hang to the ground from a single parting along his spine. Any color is permissible with black nose and brown eyes. Prefer black tips on ears, tail and beard. His long fringe served as protection from the Tibetan winds but has little purpose now, is is often tied back. |
|Grooming ||Daily brushing is essential, with weekly bathing to bring out the shine of his abundant, hard and heavy coat. |
|Health || |
These small breeds are generally healthy and other than eye lacerations (due to the nature of the Brachycephalic dog features) do not have the usual health problems associated with many dog breeds. Skin allergies are the most common health problems.
|Family ||Good companion dog, not suitable for families with young children. He is strong willed and needs a strong pack leader. He does not like other dogs but get on well with other family pets. Not the typical lap dog, this little terror can be jealous and guard his food and toys. |
|Training ||Lhapso Apso dog is not easy to train, and must never be hit. They can refuse any demands from anyone who is not a pack leader and can be a snappy unhappy dog if not trained well. |
|Ideal Home || Suitable for apartment living as this tiny dog breed does not need a large space. However, needs lots of companionship and a short daily walk. These small dog breeds can withstand the cold, although indoor kenneling is always recommended in extreme weather areas. |
|Lifespan ||14 - 16 years. |
|Purpose ||Bred originally as guard dog nowadays as companion dog breed. |
|Watch dog ||Excellent alert dog. This Tibetan Dog Breed retains his valued guarding instincts and is very wary of strangers. |
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