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Lhasa Apso


General Information - Lhasa Apso


Group:
Non sporting

Size:
small

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
very low

Grooming:
high

Trainability:
very low

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
Tibet

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
Companion, watchdog



History

The Lhasa Apso originates from Tibet where it has been bred since 800 BC as an indoor guard dog. It was also used as a sentinel in the temples and monasteries, announcing strangers or intruders with a keen bark. Lhasa was the capital of Tibet, and "apso" is thought to come from a term originally meaning "barking-lion sentinel dog". These dogs, considered to be vessels of good luck, were never bought and sold but were given freely as gifts or tokens of appreciation. It is in this manner that the breed slowly found its way around the world; in fact the first Lhasas to appear in the States were gifts presented by the Dalai Lama to American friends.

Temperament

Bred as an indoor watchdog for over 2000 years, the Lhasa by nature is wary of strangers but is friendly and open with those he knows and loves. He is keen, alert, and loyal.

Upkeep

The Lhasa is an active dog, but its relatively small size makes it possible to meet its energy needs either with short walks or vigorous play sessions in the yard, or even home. It makes a fine apartment dog. It is not suited for outdoor living. The long coat needs brushing and combing every other day.