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Lhasa Apso

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An extraordinary character of dignity and comedy, often a clown but never a fool, the Lhasa Apso also maintains much of the dignity and independence of a dog developed in the palaces and monasteries of Tibet as a guardian.  This complex personality requires respect and acknowledgement that a family that deigns to share their life with a Lhasa must also commit to becoming knowledgable of socializing, training, communicating in order to raise a well-adjusted companion.  The Lhasa Apso puppy is not a good choice for the 2 career family that has little time to help guide that puppy and expects it to "raise itself".

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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 9-11 inches
Weight: usually around 16-18 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: all colors acceptable Coat type: heavy, straight, hard, dense and long
Recognized Registries: AKC, NCA, FCI, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: A happy, jaunty dog of dramatic coat. Compact and sturdy, longer in body than height with a head of accentuated dome, large eyes and short muzzle.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: loving and happy with family, reserved with strangers
  with Children: good if properly socialized with them
  with other pets: good if properly socialized with them
  with dogs: good if properly socialized with them
Socialization requirements: moderate and important, appropriate handling of the Lhasa early on can help in creating a confident, pleasant companion. Short cuts and oversights can result in a dog that is either indulged or fearful, either may use aggression to deal with anxiety.
Ideal home characteristics: One that respects the illustrious history and complex nature of the Lhasa Apso. Additionally a commitment of grooming care is required.
Temperament Notes: The Lhasa Apso is a personality of great color that has too frequently been misunderstood and mishandled. This is not a foolproof dog, so do not consider a Lhasa without committing to socializing, training, proper handling and communication.
Training requirement: Higher than would be expected for a
Trainer notes: The Lhasa is a dog of great potential in greatness or difficulty.  The best examples can glibly go from Pet Therapy to Agility without blinking an eye.  The less desirable companions are known for aggression toward even their own family.  The difference typically falls on how the dogs are handled and trained.  Lhasas require a job, basic training can be enough, but this is very poor choice for a dog to overly indulge as their confidence and intelligence will often lead them to become extraordinary dictators.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: hundreds and perhaps thousands of years ago
Country of Origin: Tibet
Original Function: Guard Dogs for the Monasteries and Palaces of Tibet
History: Only seen outside Tibet as a gift from the Dali Lama orginally. Since 1935 they have been in the US.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: poor dentition, small, large, pushed in muzzle, poor eyeset (bulging)
Health Notes: SA, PRA, Kidney Disease,
Health Testing: VetGen Kidney Test, CERF,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Lhasa Apsos?
  • Do you show your Lhasas?
  • What do you consider to be the most serious health issues in the breed?
  • What criteria do you use in selecting breeding stock?
  • Are all of your breeding stock titled?
  • What health screens do you utilize for your breeding stock?
  • What do you consider a proper Lhasa Apso temperament?
  • What advice do you have for socializing and training a Lhasa puppy?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How did you choose to breed this particular pair?
Web Sites: - Lhasa Apso Rescue Good basic FAQs on Lhasas from Lhasa rescue site

Other Resources
Breed standard: - Lhasa Apso Club of America Site, buttons down the left navigation bar provide for the standard as well as ethics and more

Breeder Ethics: - The Lhasa Apso Club of America website with buttons in the left nav that direct to ethics and other good topics

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