Lhasa apso puppy sitting on the grass with tongue out

Lhasa Apso

Breed Description

The Lhasa Apso is a small, long-haired breed originating from the Tibetan region. Traditionally, they served as watchdogs in monasteries and palaces, alerting their owners to any intruders. They are known for their distinctive coat, which requires regular grooming to keep it tangle-free and healthy. Lhasa Apsos are alert, independent, and loyal, making them excellent companions for families and individuals alike. This breed has moderate energy levels and requires daily walks or play sessions to stay physically and mentally stimulated. They can adapt well to apartment living but need consistent socialization and training to develop good manners and behaviors. Lhasa Apsos can be stubborn at times, so patience and consistency are key when it comes to training. Lhasa Apsos typically get along well with children and other pets when properly socialized from an early age. They are known for their loyalty and strong bond with their owners, often becoming protective of their family members. In terms of health, the Lhasa Apso is a relatively healthy breed with a lifespan of 12-15 years. However, they can be prone to certain health issues, such as eye problems, allergies, and hip dysplasia. Regular vet check-ups and preventative care are essential to ensure a long, healthy life. The Lhasa Apso is recognized by The Kennel Club in the UK and belongs to the Utility breed group. In the United States, the breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and belongs to the Non-Sporting group. With their unique appearance and endearing personality, Lhasa Apsos make wonderful companions for those who can dedicate time to their grooming, training, and socialization needs.

Size Small
Coat Type Long, dense, and straight
Temperament Alert, independent, loyal
Energy Level Moderate
Exercise Needs Low to moderate
Grooming Requirements High
Lifespan 12-15 years
Health Issues Eye problems, allergies, hip dysplasia
Trainability Moderate, requires patience and consistency
Good with Children Yes, with proper socialisation
Good with Other Pets Yes, with proper socialization
Origin Tibet
Breed Group Utility (UK); Non-Sporting (US)
KC Recognition Yes, the Lhasa Apso is recognized by The Kennel Club in the UK and belongs to the Utility breed group.

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