|Small breeds: < 20 lbs
|Country of origin
|Name of origin
|Apso Seng Kyi
Male Lhasa Apsos should ideally be 10.75 inches (27.3 cm) at the withers and weigh about 14 to 18 pounds (6.4 to 8.2 kg). The females are slightly smaller, and weigh between 12 to 14 pounds (5.4 to 6.4 kg). The breed standard requires dark brown eyes and a black nose, although liver-colored lhasas have a brown nose. The texture of the coat is heavy, straight, hard, neither woolly nor silky, and very dense. They come in a wide variety of colors including black, white, red and gold with various shadings.
The Lhasa Apso originated in the area of Tibet over 4,000 years ago as a small breed of mountain wolf. They were domesticated and actively bred perhaps as long ago as 800 BC, which makes the Lhasa Apso one of the oldest recognized breeds in the world. Referred to in Tibet as Apso Seng Kyi, which can be translated as "Bearded Lion Dog", the Lhasa's primary function was that of a household sentinel, guarding the homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa. The keen hearing and sharp bark of the Lhasa Apso served to warn residents by acting like a burglar alarm if an intruder happened to get past the exterior guards. It was believed that the bodies of the Lhasa Apsos could be entered by souls of deceased lamas while they awaited rebirth into a new body. Lhasas in Tibet were never sold. The only way a person could get one was as a gift!
The ideal Lhasa temperament is to be wary of strangers while being loyal to those closest to them. They can be very aggressive to strangers if they're left untrained. Lhasa Apsos are independent as well as companion dogs who want to please their owners, yet they may be suspicious toward strangers. Unique personality characteristics of Lhasa Apsos have gained them a reputation as being a very emotive breed that, in most cases, prove themselves to be completely fearless. Lhasa Apsos often show happiness by rubbing their head on their owners, running and rolling around, or sitting on their owner's feet. A Lhasa Apso responds to exercise and discipline with a calm assertive energy. These dogs require early socialization with dogs and other people as puppies and throughout their lives. They require patience and may be slow to house train, but in return, they can be quite comical, entertaining and caring companions.
Having a Lhasa Apso as a pet can be a wonderful experience. With their long, luxurious coats and sweet dispositions, these dogs make excellent companions. When considering a Lhasa Apso, it is important to understand their needs and provide them with the proper care and attention. Daily brushing and combing is essential to keep their coats looking their best. Regular grooming is also important to keep their skin and coat healthy. Exercise is also important, as these dogs are full of energy and need to be walked and played with regularly. The Lhasa Apso is also an intelligent breed, so it is important to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation. With the right training, they can learn basic commands and even more complex tricks. Finally, it is essential to provide your Lhasa Apso with plenty of love and attention. They are loyal and affectionate dogs that thrive when surrounded by the people they love. With the right care and attention, your Lhasa Apso can be a wonderful companion for many years to come.