Lhasa Apsa Overview

Is this elegant breed for you?

1. A Lhasa Apso person is as unique as the breed itself!

2. An Apso person will devote much effort to his dogs socialization, allowing him sufficient time to warm up to new faces.

3. A Lhasa Apso will get along with well-behaved children who treat the dog with respect.

4. An Apso person is ready for a future filled with lots of grooming, although there are lower-maintenance options to the full-length coat.

5. A Lhasa Apso person is prepared for an alert dog that will use his voice, with some being more "talkative" than others.

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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Lhasa Apso © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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Selenia   Atlanta, GA

9/4/2010 5:37:31 AM

My Lhasa Apso Benji is essential part of my life for 11 years. He is very good Lapsa. I have his hair short because he is uncomfortable in long. Anyway,in winter I never grooming but I spent time to brush and tickle (ha). I love like my child if one day ( I know will be) he is not around my, I don't know I will do.

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Winn   Portland, OR

4/7/2010 10:55:48 AM

2 yrs ago I adopted Mitten, a Lasha Apso. She was dingy gray with head & tale meeting the ground. When I first saw her in the dog pound, she jumped and carvoted and made anxious noises. She also had an ear infection. During the first several months I learned that she was fully trained (potty, leash, car, house, etc.). She is a wonderful watch dog, however, people walking down the block are taken aback as she escorts them to the end of the block, barking the whole way. She admonishes me if I raise my voice at the cats (they get on the counter), and talks when she needs to go outside or for a walk. She is spoiled - begs for tummy rubs, loves to have her coat brushed, hates ear washing & medicine, loves the beach and is great with my 2 cats. One of which takes naps cuddled up with her and gets her face washed by Mitten. She quickly developed my daily schedule & enjoys an occasional day at the doggy day care. She is silver in color and when bathed simply glows & glistens like polished silver. She has brought a lot of love into my life & I can't believe how lucky I was to find this highly trained & loving dog.

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Sonny   Huntington Beach, CA

6/22/2009 12:07:21 PM

I picked up a 2 year old Lhasa from the shelter a few months ago for my mother. My mother named her Lucy and she is just the most adorable dog ever.

She stands up on her hind legs and begs when it's time to walk or when I am about to give her a treat. She was already potty trained. She loves people. When we bring her to the dog park, instead of going crazy with the other dogs, she goes up and says hi to all the owners. Sometimes she would just sit there next to them waiting for them to pet her.

She loves belly rubs, and I was able to train her to come, sit and lay down. She only chews on her toys and doesn't bark at all unless she is around big dogs. I think she has a Napoleon

She is very picky with her food though. Also she is not very fond of big dogs. She barks intensely when they are around.

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Tammy   Gary, IN

5/27/2009 5:03:01 PM

this article seems accurate. I find my lhasa Apso stubborn (stomps his foot when he wants me to do something for him). protective (warns us of anyone approaching the house), friendly to all of our friends and family (runs from abusive children: has never hurt a soul) only chews his own toys (took about a year and 1/2 to achieve that). speaks (says "out" when he wants to go outside, sighs and whines when he does not get his
lays on our sofa when we are not home (warm indentions on the sofa when we return). I think the breed is easily spoiled.

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