A small, long-coated breed originating from Tibet. Bred to be an inside sentinel in the monastery, not much escapes the ears of this hardy little dog. The Lhasa is a strong character and can be a little stubborn, however he is devoted to his family and is a loving loyal companion.
The Lhasa Apso is independent, clever and intuitive with a sassy and fun personality! Because they can be quite stubborn, they need lots of training to keep them motivated to co-operate with their humans. They resist harsh or strict discipline, but respond well to positive reinforcement training. They will do just about anything for a treat! But they are easily bored, so short training sessions are best. With good training methods they can be taught to do just about anything and many Lhasas have successfully competed in obedience and agility, and have worked beautifully as therapy dogs.
The Lhasa Apso’s inner guard dog will bark. A lot. This makes them excellent at alerting their humans to the presence of intruders, if trained correctly. They are weary of strangers and like to make up their own minds about people before greeting them. However, due to their small size and love of food, they should not be expected to guard the home from outdoors as they may be injured or poisoned in the event of a security breach.
They get along well with other Lhasa’s as well as most other breeds of dog. They are also quite happy on their own, as long as they get enough attention from their person. They are independent but loving, fun and playful, but not a lap dog. Despite this, they can be intuitive and seem to know when their person needs a cuddle.
They are happy to relax at home and do not need much supervised exercise. Some moderate playtime in the garden with weekly short, gentle, social, sniffy walks are sufficient.
Lhasa Apsos can do well with respectful children, but they should be supervised at all times when interacting with children, and it’s best to carefully socialise them to children from puppyhood. Children should never be permitted to pull on the dog’s coat.
If owners choose to keep their Lhasa Apso’s coat’s long, then regular grooming will be necessary. A long coat will need at least one hour of brushing per week, and will need to be washed and conditioned often.
It currently costs approximately R400 per month to feed one Lhasa Apso, and owners will also need to budget for professional grooming, training, and veterinary care, as well as equipment such as leashes, collars, beds, etc. Taking on this long-lived breed will reward you with a loyal companion for 15 years or more!
Information Provided By:
Maria Heneke of Aryllmar Lhasa Apsos