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Lhasa Apso

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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso's have a long, heavy double coat draping over the entire body and reaching the floor. All colors are accepted when showing this breed. The narrow head has a flat skull with a moderate stop. They usually have a beard and mustache. The medium-sized eyes are oval and dark. The long, pendant ears fall over the head. The nose is black and the teeth should meet in a level or undershot bite. The well-arched neck should be strong merging into well laid back shoulders. The topline should be level and the body should be longer than the height at the withers. The muscular legs are short and the round feet should be well feathered. The long tail is set high and is carried over the back.

Temperament Lhasa Apso's are spirited, loyal, confident and intelligent. They are very affectionate towards their owners and enjoy being around children. However, they won't tolerate teasing or rough play from children. This breed is wary and suspicious of strangers. They can also be moody or snappish if surprised, upset or left alone over long periods of time. Lhasa Apso's are great with other dogs if they are properly socialized.
Height, Weight Male Height: 10-11" ; Weight: 13-15 lbs.
Female Height: 9-10" ; Weight: 11-13 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is slightly prone to hip dysplasia, kidney problems, eye problems and skin problems.
Living Conditions This breed is great for apartment living. They do fine without a yard.
Exercise Though this breed does not demand a lot of exercise, they love to be able to run free and play.
Life Expectancy More than 15 years
Grooming The coat of this breed should be brushed daily to keep it from matting. Because of its length, the pads should be checked for matting and foreign objects. Pay close attention to the eyes as they tend to tear. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin The Lhasa Apso, also known as Abso Seng Kye or "Barking Lion Sentinel Dog", originated in Tibet. For over 2000 years, they were bred by holy men and nobles while the people cherished this breed as carriers of good luck. They also believed that these dogs were the reincarnation of the holy lamas. In their native land, these dogs participated in religious ceremonies and were used as watchdogs in the temples and monasteries. The Lhasa Apso was so highly revered that they were never bought or sold. They were only given as gifts of honor. The Lhasa Apso can tolerate very high altitudes and have been known to have an uncanny ability to predict avalanches. This breed was first seen in Britain during the 1920s and in 1933 the Dalai Lama gave several Lhasa Apso's to a friend, C. Suydam Cutting who resided in the United States. The breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1935 and by the UKC in 1975.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Companion Dog