Lhasa Apsos Expert Advice

Lhasa enjoy rewards and will work hard to earn them, but they will shut down or become uncooperative if treated roughly. Avoid physical punishment and correction with Lhasa and use time outs instead. Being placed alone in its crate or dog-safe room for 5 or 10 minutes will interrupt your Lhasa’s inappropriate behavior and give it time to calm down. – Lyle Reed, co-owner with his wife Carol of Mind of Their Own Dog Training in Roseville, California (from Popular Dogs: Lhasa Apsos)

“[Renal Dysplasia] is a documented familial disease in the Lhasa Apso. Familial diseases occur in related animals at a higher rate than would be expected by chance. That is, it’s an in heritable disease.” – Seth N. Ghantous, D.V.M. (from Popular Dogs: Lhasa Apsos)

“The Lhasa was bred to be an interior watchdog in the palaces of Tibet. [Mastiffs took care of the outside.] They still take this job very seriously. They bark when a stranger comes to the door. They are not incessant barkers but do sound the alarm every time.” – Sue Guilmino breeder of show Lhasa Apsos in Martinsburg, West Virginia (from Popular Dogs: Lhasa Apsos)

The dogs are often described as looking like mops of hair running across the floor. Lhasa Apsos are one of several drop-coated breeds (Shih Tzu are another), which means that the hair continues to grow in length and drops over the body, legs and head. It will eventually reach the floor with proper care. -- Diana Mohler, former grooming shop owner of Lake Elsinore, California (from Popular Dogs: Lhasa Apsos)


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Wendy   Brora, AA

7/4/2010 2:02:03 PM

I adopted my 6mth old Lhasa yesterday. He is a smashing little fellow, he has settled amazingly well and seems very laid back, however he has began marking his teratory in the house - which I read is normal separation anxiety behaviour and a normal reaction to change. How do I make him feel better?? I feel terrible as I punished him with a very dominant NO the first time it happened, that wouldnt have helped him.

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Rick   Springfield, WV

2/6/2010 12:54:35 PM

We adopted our Lhasa one year ago this month. We wanted to rescue an older dog because we knew they are passed over for puppie. We are retired and wanted a dog that was already potty trained. Petey, as we named him, is a wonderful little dog. He is around 10-11 years old and very spry. He has a wonderful personality and lives with us with two cats and a Cocker Spaniel (all seniors like us). I would urge anyone to consider adopting this great little breed.

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kathy   little rock, AR

1/15/2010 6:38:40 PM

I have a rescue dog that is a Lhasa mix - he looks just like the dog on the Beneful dry dog food bag and he weighs about 40 pounds. I have to have him groomed every 6 weeks or so. Do lhasas get that big or is he perhaps another breed of dog?

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brandi   akron, OH

2/4/2009 6:39:59 PM

How do you tell the difference between a Lhasa Apso and a Shih tzu?

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