Getting to Know Your Lhasa Apso

The next breed we are going to learn about in our Getting to Know Your Dog Breed is the Lhasa Apso. This little bundle ranks 71st in the AKC Breed Popularity list and is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.

Life expectancy: Lhasas have a lifespan of 12 – 15 years.

Size: Lhasas are small, weighing in around 12 - 18lbs and standing 9 -11 inches tall. 

Color:  The Lhasa’s coloring may vary from white to beige, grey or darker and they may have black tips on the ears or beard. They are noted for their long flowing coat although many owners keep them trimmed to ease the grooming requirements.

Origins:  The Lhasa Apso hails from Tibet and was once tasked with guarding the palaces and Buddhists monasteries in the Himalayas. The Lhasa is one of the oldest recognized breeds dating back over 4,000 years when they made their first appearance in Tibet. 

Personality: Lhasa’s may be small, but they pack a big punch. They are not your average lap dog and can be feisty, especially with strangers. They are small, but strong and known for their climbing ability. They are smart and independent which means they can also be a challenge to train. A firm leader who respects their independence and lots of socialization make the best owners for Lhasas. They can be great with children given proper socialization at a young age.

Health Issues: Lhasas are a fairly healthy breed and prone only to some minor skin, ear and eye issues that can be easily kept in check with good grooming habits. They do have some susceptibility to genetic kidney issues so be sure and know the history of their mom and dad if possible.  If you have adopted or rescued yours, ask your vet about periodic testing of their kidney function.

Fitness/energy level: Being a smaller dog, the Lhasa doesn’t require a lot of exercise, but they do get bored easily so plenty of interaction and mental stimulation plus a couple of short walks a day should keep them in tip-top shape.

Native foods: Native foods for Lhasa Apsos are foods found in Tibet and would include yak, goat, deer, cabbage, turnips and carrots.

Good foods to feed your Lhasa Apso:

Based on the Lhasa Apso’s origin, here are a few foods that contain some of the key ingredients that the original Lhasa’s would have likely eaten. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather provide ‘food for thought’.

Acana™ Heritage Cobb Chicken & Greens

Grandma Lucy's™ Pureformance Goat

Wild Calling™ Rocky Mountain Medley Elk, Whitefish Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe

Fun facts about the Lhasa Apso:

  • He's known in his homeland as Abso Seng Kye, which translates as "Bark Lion Sentinel Dog."
  • According to Buddhists, the souls of lamas, or priests, are frequently reborn as Lhasa Apsos just before they are reborn as humans.
  • They are often given as gifts in Tibet and receiving a Lhasa as a gift is a sign of good fortune.

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