Get to know the Lhasa Apso
All you need to know about the breed
Lhasa Apsos were originally developed as watchdogs more than a thousand years ago – a role that seems all the more impressive when you consider that this is a dog whose thick curtain of hair often looks as though it must be obstructing their vision entirely (did we mention they need a lot of grooming?)
It’s true that the Lhasa Apso’s extraordinary coat is their most recognisable feature, but these charming and confident dogs have much more to offer besides. Lhasa Apsos are robust little dogs with an independent nature. They can be wary of strangers (that guard dog conditioning runs deep) and they need early socialisation and consistent training to make sure they are at ease in everyday situations.
Once trained, Lhasa Apsos are affectionate with their human families, curious and mischievous – a furry little bundle of fun. They are not known to be aggressive but these small dogs are not the best choice for families with small children as they may be impatient with the normal rough-and-tumble of life with toddlers. Their small size means Lhasa Apsos are well suited to living in an apartment, as long as they get regular walks and chances to play.
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Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Lhasa Apso