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Louie’s Breed – The Lhasa Apso

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The Lhasa Apso is a most intriguing dog breed in terms of temperament. They are playful, happy, and clown-like, while remaining dignified, regal, and at times, reserved. The face of a Lhasa is very expressive and human-like. Some owners feel as if the dogs talk with their eyes. Lhasa Apsos have unique personalities and it is rare to see two Lhasas act exactly the same. Ask a Lhasa a question and they will think through their response. They tend to be independent, have a great ability to reason, and they are very smart! It is easy for them to learn and understand a large vocabulary of up to 100 words.

These adorable and ideal pets stand 10-12 inches tall, weigh between 12-18 pounds, and have a lifespan of 12-15 years. Don’t be fooled by their size. Despite their small statue, these little dogs are excellent guard dogs. Originally breed as palace guards dogs in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso warned their masters when intruders were able to get past the outside sentinels, the Tibetan Mastiffs. Their keen sense of hearing and ability to detect danger kept the palaces well protected. The breed is very sensitive to human feelings and emotions and will attempt to reassure or comfort their family when they feel it is needed. For that reason, they are very good as therapy dogs.

The Lhasa Apso first arrived in the United States of America in 1933, presented as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama to the explorer Charles Suydam Cutting (1889-1972). Mr. Cutting was the first Westerner to enter the Forbidden City in Lhasa, Tibet. Because of their friendship, the Dalai Lama actually sent Mr. Cutting 4 Lhasa Apsos. It was forbidden in Tibet for anyone to buy a Lhasa Apso. They were owned by Tibetan royalty and monks and could only be given as gifts.

Although they are considered a non-sporting breed, if trained properly, they can excel in agility training and are very fast runners. However, a Lhasa is happy with or without lots of exercise and is happy to live in the biggest or smallest of spaces. Grooming is important for this breed. The do not have fur, but hair just like a human with hair follicles. Just as a human goes to a beauty shop or barber, Lhasa Apsos must be groomed regularly. Their hair will grow long and thick and has an automatic part down the middle of their back. Most families keep their hair short and trimmed to avoid the required daily brushing a long coat requires.

The Lhasa Apso is a great family dog that is happy with adults and children alike. They mix well with other dogs, if trained properly, and enjoy walking and meeting dog friends at parks and around the neighborhood. Training can and should be started as young as 10 weeks old. They are a keen breed able to soak up everything you teach them very quickly. It is best to start their training early, which ensures they don’t start any bad habits.

Lhasa Apsos are fantastic creatures that will entertain you and amaze you, but best of all will always be your loyal friend and constant companion.

2 Comments
  1. Thank you Latrina. I hope you enjoy the book.
    All the best,
    Jeanne

  2. You inspire me!!! Will definitely make this part of my child book collection.

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