The Lhasa Apso belongs to the AKC Non-Sporting Group and is a very hardy, playful, and lively small dog. They have a double coat which drapes over the entire body which looks like a small version of an Old English Sheepdog. It's not uncommon to see pet Lhasas with a shorter cut by the groomer. Lhasas have a friendly manner, but can be suspicious of strangers making them good watchdogs. They are very affectionate and devoted to their owner and family, however, can be known to get snippy and will not tolerate roughness or teasing from younger, misbehaved children. Lhasa Apsos are very adaptable, travel well, and make excellent pets for the elderly. Excercise is minimal, and they adapt very well to apartment or condo living if walked daily.
Grooming: The shedding, long coat of a Lhasa needs daily brushings to prevent matting an trips to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. Keep the eye areas clean.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along fine with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Gentle mannered, very loveable and good watchdogs. Tends to be nervous around strangers and noisy, but with firm training can be controlled.
Children: Very good with older, respectful children.
Housing: Very adaptable to apartment and condo living. Ideal for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks and romps in the yard are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily with positive reinforcement.
Health: Hip dysplasia, genetic kidney conditions, and eye problems. More information on Lhasa Apso inherited health disorders.
History: The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet around 800 BC and was bred by holy men and nobles to be watchdogs should strangers get past the Tibetan Mastiff outside their monestaries.