These comment are intended as a general description of the Lhasa Apso breed and do not necessarily apply to all Lhasas. Each dog is an individual, which is influenced by genetic heritage; environment and training which it may or may not have received.
BREED: The Lhasa Apso is a breed of dog origination in Tibet.
CKC GROUP: It is a member of the Non-sporting group in Canada, and the United States.
FUNCTION/LIFE SPAN: It was originally bred to be a watchdog, and companion dog, with a life span of 12 to 18 years, although some dogs have been know to live into their 20’s.
APPEARANCE: Their appearance is a sturdy body, long and low. They have a short muzzle (1/3 the depth of their entire head) with small dark almond eyes. They are approximately 9 to 11 1/2 inches in height, (males being a little larger than females) weighing 12 to 18 pounds.
COLOR: They are also know as the Jelly Bean Dogs, as they come in a variety of colors, e.g., white, black, reddish brown, brown, cream, grey, parti-color, and grizzle.
COAT TYPE: Their coat is long and straight and they are a non-shedding dog. Although they do lose hair, they lose it the same as people, when you check your brush after brushing your hair there are always a few hairs in the bristles (a few hairs every day).
GROOMING: Grooming must be done quite frequently if you keep the coat long. The more you groom (brush) the Lhasa as a puppy, the easier it will be to groom as a full grown dog with a long beautiful coat. You must also, (as with any dog), bath, clean ears, eyes (if any matter has accumulated in the hair around the eyes) and trim nails on a regular basis.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Their activity level varies dramatically from very active to couch potato. The Lhasa Apso can adjust quite easily to the life-style of its owner (unless it is an extremely active puppy). They enjoy walks and checking out the neighborhood.
WATCHDOG: It is an excellent watchdog, with its exceptional hearing, not much happens without the Lhasa knowing about it.
TRAINABILITY: Training should begin at an early age and it must be consistent. The Lhasa responds very well to kindness, and can easily distinguish between friend and foe.
CHILDREN AND THE LHASA APSO: They are good with children, although I do not recommend leaving children and any breed of dog alone. A toddler or children who is not accustom to dealing with dogs, should never be left together unattended, e.g., a child who is likely to poke the dogs eyes or pull on its tail or ears. Dogs are living creatures and they will protect themselves from pain and harm.
CHARACTER: Their character is gay, assertive, and suspicious of strangers. Once you have shown the dog that you want the company of this person in your house, the dog will keep a close eye on them until they prove themselves to the dog.
HOUSING: The Lhasa Apso was bred to be an indoor dog.
RECOMMENDED OWNER: People, who own Lhasas must have the time to train, groom and walk these dogs on a regular basis. Socialization is very important to any young dog. Puppies need to be exposed to many new environments and new people (as puppies) in order to grow up to be a well adjusted, happy dog.