Are you a Lhasa Apso person?
Find out if this elegant breed is for you.
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You can be a fairly house-proud person and still own the breed, for the Lhasa Apsos coat sheds little, unlike that of many other breeds. This undoubtedly means that you will not find great quantities of dog hair around your home. However, you will always need to keep a washable mat by your door so that wet and sometimes muddy feet can dry off a little on their way inside.
You may have decided that you would like a beautiful dog to take into the show ring and, if so, the Lhasa Apso, with his elegant coat, will fill the bill perfectly. If this is the breed for you, you will adore grooming the coat to perfection. This is a time-consuming task, but it can provide a wonderful opportunity for you and your dog to spend time bonding together.
When your Apso has to be left alone for a while, it is always a good idea to let him listen to the radio, on a channel that has a combination of light music and chat, to keep him company in your absence. When grooming, you may like to listen to the radio together, for it can work miracles in taking your mind off your aching back!
You will not have to take your Lhasa Apso for a marathon walk each day. This is a small breed, but an active one, so an Apso is happy to have a good walk when the opportunity is given. However, you will need plenty of patience to carefully remove the burs that may have caught in the long coat. If allowed to remain, such debris will create knots and tangles. Of course, if your home has no suitable yard in which to provide free exercise, regular walks will be necessary.
A Lhasa Apso is a highly alert dog and notices everything that is happening around him. He will certainly pick up on sounds and is therefore likely to bark at anything strange, just as his ancestors did in the monasteries of Tibet. Although most Apsos will respond to your command to be quiet, after you have given reassurance that everything is in order, some feel it necessary to continue barking for a good while thereafter. Therefore, if you are someone who can be understanding and fairly diplomatic with your neighbors, that will increase your chances of being a suitable Apso person!
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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Lhasa Apso © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.Page 1 | 2
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