The Lhasa Apso was bred by Tibetan monks and was kept isolated for many centuries until it was brought to Europe in the late 1800s. It was originally used as a companion dog and as a watchdog. It is small in size, standing just less than a foot at 25-28 cm from withers with a weight of only 6-7 kg. The Lhasa Apso has a long dense coat that comes in a variety of colours. The head features fringe all over its face which helps protect the breed from snow glare in its native country. It has good whiskers and beard, a straight foreface with medium stop, black nose, and a short muzzle of about 4 cm. It has dark, medium-sized eyes set at the front of the skull, oval in shape with no white showing at the top or bottom. It has pendant ears that are heavily feathered with long hairs. The teeth form either reverse scissors bite (undershot) or a level bite. The body features a level topline with straight front legs and muscular back legs both covered in long hairs. The highly-set tail is also well-feathered and carried well over the back. Its cat-like feet are round and cushioned by firm pads.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet and bred as a companion dog and watchdog for thousands of years. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet while “apso” is a corruption of the word “rapso” which means “goat-like” in the local language. According to Tibetan Lamas, this dog was originally a small mountain wolf found in the wilds of the Tibetan mountains some four thousand years ago. Centuries of domestication and breeding by the local people produced a fine watchdog, which makes the Lhasa Apso one of the ancient dog breeds that exist today. From wild to domesticated, the Lhasa Apso eventually found its way into many monasteries and Tibetan nobility where it was cared for and loved. It served a purpose as a watchdog and as a lap dog and is said to provide good fortune when given as a gift. Its first appearance in the UK was in 1854 when it was brought by servicemen returning from duties in India. In 1901, the first description of the breed was written and published under the name Lhasa Terrier. It was recognized by the Kennel Club as a different breed in 1934 under the name Lhasa Apso.
The Lhasa Apso is described as “gay and assertive” with an alert temperament. It can be somewhat aloof with strangers but is a loyal guardian to its owner and the family. It may come as a surprise to some that this gentle-looking dog has a protective nature which can sometimes become fierce with strangers. The Lhasa Apso puppy is a playful breed, full of energy and curiosity. It is one of the slowest maturing dogs, not reaching full adulthood until three years of age.
The natural aloofness of the breed towards strangers is something to consider when owning a Lhasa Apso. Early socialisation and training are critical for the dog to become a wonderful addition to the family. It has a natural independent behaviour and may not be the most trainable dog around, but it can be trained successfully by a consistent handler. Housetraining may be a little harder so crate training is highly recommended.
The long coat of this breed requires an enormous amount of time and attention to keep it in tip-top condition. Brushing and combing on a daily basis will keep it from matting and tangling. Occasional bathing will keep it smelling sweet and cuddly. The coat can be trimmed to a certain length to minimize daily grooming, especially the hairs around the face.
There are several health conditions associated with this breed, including several eye conditions that are hereditary and caused by other factors. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is one of them. PRA affects the retina of the dog and is common to short-muzzled dog. It is also prone to cherry eye, and dry eye syndrome. Secondary health issues include sebaceous adenitis which is an autoimmune disease causing dandruff, brittle coat and skin lesions. It is also prone to a hereditary disease known as renal cortical hyperplasia which affects the kidneys. The average lifespan of the Lhasa Apso is between 12 and 15 years but there are dogs that live longer especially when properly cared for.
This hardy breed has moderate exercise requirements. Short walks and half an hour of play inside our outside the house in a cool to moderate weather is enough to satisfy the breed’s daily physical activities. It is fairly active indoors and is well-suitable for an apartment life. This breed enjoys playing fetch whether inside or outside the house which also makes a good exercise routine. Like any other breed, exercise is beneficial for the Lhasa Apso to maintain optimum health.
The Lhasa Apso is a loving and protective breed but it does not possess the long patient that other dogs have. This breed is known for being impatient with the rough and tumble play of small children which may result to the dog nipping the kids. However, older children who know how to handle a dog properly can become good companions with the dog and vice versa. If you are looking for a kid-friendly dog, then this breed should not be on the top of your choice.