A diva in its own right, a Lhasa Apso is a dignified yet fun-loving dog. One of the oldest dog breeds, they were highly regarded by the Tibetans and were kept as watchdogs for palaces and monasteries in Tibet. Lhasa Apsos are excellent family companions and are extremely loyal in nature. They are highly independent dogs, natural born leaders and are amongst the best watch breeds in the world. They are full of energy, curiosity and love to play. With their deep-set eyes, pendant like ears and lustrous hair, they look absolutely adorable! Here’s more about this breed:
Renuka and family with their Lhasa Apso – Babloo!
“Babloo came into our lives when he was only 3 months old and was a pretty jolly fellow right from the beginning. He is a joy to be around and follows my mom everywhere she goes. We celebrated his 5th birthday recently (although my mom still thinks of him as a puppy). Babloo is a super friendly dog and seems to learn things on his own – which shows how intelligent he is. Ever since we welcomed him into our home, he’s been extremely well behaved and is somehow toilet trained all on his own! We’ve never had an incident where he pooped or peed inside the house or chewed furniture ever!
We love travelling with Babloo and he has truly been a no-fuss travel companion. He loves to play and enjoys playing a game of fetch with his ball. He is quite fussy about food though and would prefer people offering him a toy than a treat! Babloo is the most pampered dog in the world. My parents love him more than us! (their children) and we love him to the core!”
The Breed Purpose
Lhasa Apso’s were bred to be the royal watchdogs that guarded homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries near the sacred city of Lhasa. They were bred to have a sharp shrill voice to alert the residents of an intruder. Their long coat was designed to withstand heat as well as extreme harsh winter. Their ears are super sharp for a keen and acute hearing. Originally from Tibet, Lhasa Apsos are an ancient dog breed that is considered sacred by the Tibetans, who believe them to be the reincarnations of the Lamas. Their watchdog heritage makes them aloof to strangers. The Lhasa Apso name means ‘Bark Lion Sentinel Dog’, which is a reference to their watchdog nature and their lion like appearance.
Lhasa Apso Training
Lhasa Apsos needs training from a young age to control their independent streak and to be obedient. As they were bred to be watchdogs, they may at times get wary of strangers. Early socialisation, obedience training is highly important for a Lhasa Apso, to ensure a well-balanced temperament.
Games that you can play with your Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apsos love to play and any games to satisfy their curious nature stimulates them mentally. Hide and seek, fetch games, tug of war, etc. are all games that you can play with your Lhasa Apso to keep him active and healthy.
Lhasa Apso Health
Lhasa Apso is a healthy breed in general. Here are some of the diseases associated with the breed – Cherry Eye, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, and Sebaceous Adenitis.
Lhasa Apsos are small sized dogs with upto only 11 inches in height. Lhasa Apso males can weight anywhere between 6-8 kgs while the female weighs around 5-7 kgs.
Lhasa Apsos can live upto 12 to 15 years on an average and some even live upto 17 to 20 years.
Lhasa Apsos have a soft, smooth and shiny coat with long and lustrous hair. Their coats were designed to protect them from both heat and cold. Daily brushing and combing is absolutely necessary to keep the coat healthy and free from any tangles. This breed does not shed that much and is hence ideal for people who have allergies. Lhasa Apsos are most popularly found in coat colors of wheaten, golden or honey color with black markings on the tips of ears, tail and beard hair.
Lhasa Apso Fun Facts
- The oldest living Lhasa Apso lived for upto 29 years!
- The Dalai Lama gifts Lhasa Apsos to honoured guests as a sign of good luck and prosperity.
- Lhasa Apso is a 4000-year-old dog breed that makes them one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds.
- It is said that the only way someone could get a Lhasa Apso was as a gift as it was thought to bring health and good luck to the recipient.