They originate from Tibet near the holy city of Lhasa. It is from this city that they obtained their name centuries ago. Monks and the noble in society mainly bred them as they guarded temples and monasteries. The people considered them to be sacred dogs and that their masters were reincarnated into them once they died. They were symbols of good luck charm to their owners hence highly treasured. Visiting foreign diplomats to the city of Tibet were given Lhasa apsos’ as gifts and this lead to their spread particularly in America.
The dog has a stout frame with a long body but short legs. It is a small dog with dark brown eyes, and its drooping ears are furry. It has a short muzzle with a short tipped nose and carries its tail high over its back. The male stands at a height of 10 inches and weighs 14 – 18 pounds while the female is slightly shorter weighing 12 – 14 pounds. They have a dense double coat, which covers the entire body including a beard and hair from its head covering the eyes.
These obedient and lively dogs are very affectionate to their masters. They are intelligent and independent as well as they like to be protective over their families. Does not require vigorous exercise or outdoor activity and will be comfortable with indoor life most of the time. They enjoy the company of family when they are around but will not get anxious when left alone like other dogs. They can, however, get overzealous in seeking attention and asserting their presence. They need consistent training done with patience.
Due to the dog’s willful nature training should be done with consistency as bending the rules may be considered as allowing the dog to have an upper hand. Enforcement of harsh training will lead to aggression by the dog. Will only require short walks in a day and is content with small yard space or even apartment living.
They are a very health breed and may suffer from only what is common to other dog breeds such as hip dyslexia, eye problem, kidney complications and allergies.
The dogs should feed on high-quality dry meals that contain all necessary nutrients for health growth. The amount of food they will eat depends on several factors such as age, weight, metabolic rate and size.
Coat, Color and Grooming
They have a double coat that is straight, hard and dense and comes in a variety of colors such as black, white, red, gold and shades of brown. They require regular grooming on a weekly basis to prevent entanglement of their coat. Ensure to clean their eyes often, as they tend to tear.
With family and other pets
They provide good company to families and are fun to keep. May not be very receptive to strangers and is very possessive with their food and toys hence may be intolerant to children. Lhasas get along well with other pets and like be the leader of the pack even around dogs larger than they are.