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Lhasa Apso


Lhasa Apso


General Description:

Lhasa Apsos were bred and raised to protect the inside of the Monasteries. They are wary of strangers and take a long time to warm up to new people. They do bark a lot but are very intelligent and aware of everything that is not just right. They take a lot of care and maintenance. They live a long time so don't get this type of dog unless you know you will be able to care for a dog for 10-15 more years.



10-12" high and 12-15 pounds.



All Colors.


Energy Level:

Love to play but are quiet in-between play periods.


Life expectancy:

13-18 years.



Older Lhasas are generally good with well behaved children, but not 2 and under. They can act dominant and aggressive if they don't feel someone is in charge.


Other animals:

Like to be the only one or with one companion.



Can earn very quickly, but can also be stubborn and self willed.



High maintenance. Need to be bathed and groomed regularly. Even if they are shaved down they have to be bathed to protect the skin. They do not shed and are good for people with allergies.



Dry eye, chronic skin problems from not being groomed regularly, often allergic to fleas.


Best with:

Experienced owners. They need to be socialized with constant firm rules. Obedience classes are very good for this breed.


Not for:

Those who don't appreciate self-thinkers, small children, or people who are not home a lot. These are strictly indoor dogs.



Affectionate, fun, easy to train, love to just be with someone.



Bark and protect property.


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