The Lhasa Apso dog breed is originally from Tibet, where he was a highly regarded watchdog in the palaces and monasteries of his mountainous homeland. Today’s Lhasa is no longer a palace guard but primarily a family companion who loyally protects his family from danger. Though small in stature, the Lhasa is a sturdy and independent dog.
Dog Breed Group:Companion Dogs
Height:9 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:12 to 15 pounds
Life Span:12 to 15 years
- The Lhasa is highly independent; his aim is to please himself, not you.
- The Lhasa is a leader, and he’ll be your leader if you allow him to.
- The Lhasa is a naturally protective watchdog. There’s no changing this, though you can teach him good canine manners. Early, positive socialization is essential to help him become a friendly, sociable pet.
- The Lhasa matures slowly. Don’t expect too much too soon.
- The beautiful Lhasa coat needs a lot of grooming. Expect to do a lot of work, or to pay a professonial groomer.
- Dental care is essential. Brush the Lhasa’s teeth regularly, and have your veterinarian check his teeth and gums periodically.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.