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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa-Apso

Loyal and Alert Companion

Affectionate, Energetic, Sporting Group

Lhasa Apsos are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Lhasa Apsos, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Lhasa Apso and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.


Breed Details

Height:10-11" Weight:13-15 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

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.

Positive Traits:

  • 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

Negative Traits:

  • 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

Back Problems

Knee Problems

Hip Dysplasia

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Macroblepharon

Glaucoma

Liver Problems

Multiple Skin Problems

Bleeding Disorders

Bladder or Kidney Stones

Kidney Disease

Heart Disease

Epilepsy

Water on the Brain

Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Cancer

Pancreatitis

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

  • Care

    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!


  • Characteristics

    The Lhasa Apso is fearless, spirited, and alert. With adequate exercise and socialization they make an affectionate and mannerly housedog.

    Positive Traits:

    • 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

    Negative Traits:

    • 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



  • Health Concerns

    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

    Back Problems

    Knee Problems

    Hip Dysplasia

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Macroblepharon

    Glaucoma

    Liver Problems

    Multiple Skin Problems

    Bleeding Disorders

    Bladder or Kidney Stones

    Kidney Disease

    Heart Disease

    Epilepsy

    Water on the Brain

    Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    Cancer

    Pancreatitis

  • History

    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.

  • Watch Out For

    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

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