Colour: Any color
Lifespan: 12 to 14 years
The Lhasa Apso confident, aloof with strangers and stubborn.
Lhasa Apsos originated in Tibet and are alert and reserved with strangers. They make good watchdogs, but their tendency to bark needs to be controlled. Their coat needs daily care and early handling is advisable as their tolerance for interference is low. Early socialization is needed for them to be tolerant of other dogs.
Originally bred: to be companions for monks.
The Lhasa Apso is an alert and vocal dog.
Medium. Will cheerfully walk long distances.
Owners: affectionate, loyal
Children: good if raised with them
Other pets: good if raised with them
Strangers: aloof, reserved
Unfamiliar dogs: can be problematic
Experienced, tolerant owner who has time for grooming and continued socialization and training with their pet.
Tends to bark excessively. May be aggressive with gentle owners to get its own way.
The long coat needs daily brushing to prevent mats from forming. Owners may prefer to have the coat clipped regularly.
The hair needs to be trimmed or tied up out of the eyes so that the dog can see clearly.
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