Dog Profiles - Description of Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

Description: The Lhasa Apso has the characteristics of keen watchfulness, and very hardy. He is easily trained and responsive to kindness. Their beautiful dark eyes are appealing as they wait for some mark of appreciation for their efforts. The Lhasa Apso is happy, usually long lived, adaptable and good in families with children.

Height: 10-11 inches

Weight: 13-15 lbs.

Colors: Solid golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate or smoke; black parti-color, white or brown.

Coat: Top coat long, heavy, straight and hard. Moderate undercoat.

Temperament: Gentle, loyal. Good with children. Good with other pets. Very good watch-dog. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Daily combing and or brushing is required. Their thick undercoat may become matted if not properly groomed. Pay special attention to matting on the bottoms of the feet, clean ears and eyes meticulously. Even though they love to walk and play, they do not demand exercise but regular exercise will keep them fit and trim.

Training: Can be obstinate. Patience and no harsh words are the best approach. Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Low. Problem Solving: Medium.

Activity: Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - High

Living Environment: House, apartment, country or city a Lhasa Apso will adapt to his environment. Owners of a Lhasa Apso must be committed to take care of his abundant coat.

Health Issues: May suffer from genetic kidney problems or ear infections.

Life Span: 14 Years

Litter Size: 4-5

Country of Origin: Tibet

History: His is the most popular of the breeds indigenous to Tibet. The Tibetan Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel and Lhasa Apso all share common ancestors. Sometimes he is known as the Tibetan Apso. The name "apso" means goat-like and he may have been named that for his coat resembles that of the goats kept by Tibetan herders. In Tibet the Lhasa Apso was a treasured dog of the privilege classes. He is truly an aristocrat, having been bred in a domestic environment for generations. He first came to Britain in the 1930's and then later to America by 1935.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC