The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet. This non-sporting breed was the interior sentinel of Buddhist monasteries, with the role of alarming monks of intruders. The Male Lhasa Apso typically stands 10.75 inches tall at the withers, weighing around 14-18 pounds while the female counterpart is a little bit smaller, weighing between 12-14 pounds.
The heavily double-coated Lhasa Apso has long fur that serves as insulation. Their coats keep them warm during winter season, and cool during summer time. Their coats even grows towards the floor, covering the eyes, yet are protected by their long lashes. Their coat is neither silky nor soft in texture, with colors that include smoke, parti, slate, and gold.
The Lhasa Apso requires moderate amount of exercise. They should be taken on walks daily, but play will be sufficient to exercise them. As with all other breeds, playing will not suffice their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that are not walked daily commonly develop behavior problems. They also enjoy having a nice romp in a securely fenced area off leash.
The Lhasa Apses are placid, affectionate, and loyal. They love being around their masters, usually trying to sit next to them when they are around. A playful breed, they usually get along with children and adults as well. However, they can try to dominate other animals, which can result to a quarrelsome dog. These friendly, and intelligent breed can tend to be stubborn in obedience.
Originating in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was bred by noble and holy men. They were primarily considered as sacred, formerly thought to bring good luck. Due to this, they were commonly used as watch dogs in the monasteries way back.
The Lhasa Apso does not require stripping or trimming. But in times when they are in full coat, they will need brushing at least once a day to keep them from mating. Dry shampooing should be done when necessary. It is important to regularly check their feet for matting, and foreign matters. Their eyes and ears should be meticulously clean as they are prone to tear. Some people want to have the coats clipped to minimize grooming needs.
As with all other breeds, the Lhasa Apso will do best in gentle but firm and consistent training methods. In training this breed, it is crucial that relationship based on mutual respect should be established first. Due to the fact that this breed is willful and independent, they would require a confident trainer who is able to take charge.
The vigorous and hardy Lhasa Apso is wary and highly suspicious of strangers. They display the character of both dignity and comedy. Considered as one of the most loving breeds, they function mainly as a companion.