Routine Care: The Lhasa Apso is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and short play sessions.
Grooming: Their long coat requires daily brushing or can be clipped for easier care.
Dental: Lhasa Apsos often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
The Lhasa Apso is fearless, spirited, and alert. With adequate exercise and socialization they make an affectionate and mannerly housedog.
Protective of family: good watch dog
Energetic, active, and athletic
Trustworthy and dependable
Alert, curious, and busy
Small, but sturdy
Loving and loyal to her owners
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy
Can be independent and strong-willed
May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs
Suspicious of strangers
Can be difficult to housetrain
Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting and tear staining
Whether you are considering adding a new Lhasa Apso to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Lhasa Apso will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Lhasa Apso you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Lhasa Apso could encounter:
Bone and Joint Problems
Multiple Skin Problems
Bladder or Kidney Stones
Water on the Brain
Respiratory Distress Syndrome
The Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed that originated in the mountains of Tibet. The Lhasa is named after the sacred city of Lhasa where they were bred in monasteries by Buddhist monks to act as sentinels. Their long, heavy, insulated coat protected the alarm dogs as they patrolled in the harsh environment of Tibet. Recent DNA analysis suggests that the Lhasa Apso is one of the most ancient dog breeds. Lhasas are intelligent, balancing independence with love and devotion. The Lhasa is a joyful and mischievous family companion.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Lhasa Apso shows signs of the following:
Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Seizures, dull demeanor, spastic gait
Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise
Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea