Lhasa Apso

Growth Size

The Lhasa Apso grows to a height of 25 – 28cm, and a weight of 5 – 7kg.

Lifespan

12 – 14 years.

Temperament

Lhasa Apsos make very loyal companions and will bond closely with their owner. They are gentle observers that tend not to interact with strangers until they are comfortable with them.

Training Difficulty

Originally bred as watchdogs for Tibetan Monks, Lhasa Apsos are gentle observers that won’t engage with strangers until they are comfortable with them. Lhasa Apsos make very loyal companions and will bond closely with their owner.

Recommended Owners

Lhasa Apsos don't do well in a home with rough or boisterous children. Older families are more suitable. This is a great breed for the less active person, who can dedicate time to care for a dog.

Origin

One of the oldest breeds of dog, the Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet, and is named after the sacred city of Lhasa. It was used to guard Buddhist monasteries, and raised the alarm if an intruder managed to get past the much larger Tibetan Mastiffs which guarded the entrances. Lhasa Apsos started spreading to other parts of the world in the early 1900s.

Diet

Three quarters to one cup of food a day for adult dogs, spread across two meals.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

The beautiful long coat of the Lhasa Apso takes a lot to maintain. As a puppy you will need to brush it daily and bathe them once a week. At around 10 months of age their coat matures and hardens, they then only need to be bathed and brushed weekly. Once the coat is mature you have the option of clipping your Lhasa Apsos coat into a style. A clipped dog should only need bathing once every three weeks. All dogs whether clipped or not must have the hair between the feet pads trimmed and the ears plucked.

Comments

This breed has a strong cultural significance to Tibetans. It was believed that the souls of recently deceased high priests, or Lamas, would enter the body of a Lhasa Apso whilst waiting to be reborn. Unfortunately, due to this symbolism, many Lhasa Apsos were killed when China invaded Tibet.