The Lhasa Apso is a “bark lion.” It is brave, bold, and very protective of its home. Despite its small size, it makes up for it with an attitude that seems larger than life. Because of this, the Lhasa Apso makes an excellent watchdog–although it may be too alert for some. It can be a great family pet, although it has a tendency to become overprotective of its master and therefore may not be the best choice for families with very young children.

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Description: The Lhasa Apso is a sturdy little dog with well-developed muscles. It has an abundant double coat that is long, straight, and harsh in texture. Even though its body is square, it has a curvy outline because of its profuse coat when viewed from the side. It has small eyes dark in color and deep-set in the skull, adding to its dignified expression. The ears are pendant-shaped with rounded tips. This breed has a substantial muzzle almost equal in length to the head and a distinct stop. The tail is carried over its back while standing or moving, never tucked between its legs or curved upwards. Although some Lhasas have been born with long tails, most of them are born with concise ones, which they usually shed by the time they are a year old. The front legs of this breed are straight and strong, while its feet are small and compact with well-arched toes. The pads of its feet are black or dark brown.

Dog Breed History: The Lhasa Apso is not only one of the most ancient breeds in the world, but it is also one of the most mysterious. It has been said that Lord Buddha himself discovered this breed and that it belonged to him.

It is believed that this dog breed began in Tibet (which explains its name) thousands of years ago. It has been bred by Buddhist monks specifically for watching over temples in Tibet. The Tibetan monks have always believed that the Lhasa Apso is a holy dog, and they have kept it separate from other breeds to preserve its purity. It was not until the twentieth century that this breed finally began appearing in other countries.

Dog Breed Color: This breed has rich colors ranging from blue-gray to deep reddish-brown. It also comes in white, black, silver, and shades of gold.

Dog Breed Temperament: Although it has been bred as a watchdog for thousands of years, the Lhasa Apso is not aggressive towards people or other dogs. It is quite the opposite–this breed loves to be around people. It also likes being with other dogs and will treat them as friends rather than enemies. However, this little dog can sometimes become aggressive towards strange animals, especially cats. A Lhasa Apso is brilliant and tends to listen to its master more than most other breeds. This dog is playful as a puppy but grows to become very cheerful and lively. Even though it doesn’t need a lot of exercises, the Lhasa Apso makes up for its lack of energy with its sense of humor and affectionate behavior. This breed makes an excellent indoor companion because it is quiet and does not need a lot of attention. It is very human-oriented and loves attention from its master.

Dog Breed Health: This breed has a maximum life expectancy of about 15 years, the average for dogs of its size. It does not have any significant health issues and makes a great family pet if it is well cared for. However, it tends to gain weight quickly, so it must be fed in moderation.

Dog Breed Food and Diet: A Lhasa Apso typically weighs between 15 and 18 pounds. However, females tend to weigh slightly less than males. It requires an average amount of food for its size–about 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry dog food per day. The Lhasa Apso is one of the easiest breeds to feed because it does not have any special requirements or dietary needs. It can also tolerate cold weather very well, so there are no concerns about leaving it outside in the winter months.

Dog Breed Training: It is essential to train this breed properly while still a puppy. It must be prepared to obey commands, wildly not to bark too much because its voice can get quite loud. The Lhasa Apso tends to like running around the house and may become destructive if not enough exercise. However, this dog will settle down when it is in the presence of its master.

Training Tip: The Lhasa Apso will become bored if it does not receive enough exercise. Keep this in mind when trying to train it because tired dogs tend to have more trouble listening.

Breed Grooming: This breed has long hair that usually grows to its tail. It will require frequent brushing if it is kept in top condition. The Lhasa Apso needs regular baths, so its fur stays clean and its skin healthy.

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed History: This breed has been around for centuries, but no one knows precisely when or where it originated. Some people believe that the Lhasa Apso is related to the Pekingese dog, but there is no scientific evidence to back up this claim. It has been said that Buddhist monks in Tibet created it by selectively breeding small dogs over several hundred years, which would explain why it appears so similar to some Asian breeds.

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Color: This breed has rich colors ranging from blue-gray to deep reddish-brown. It also comes in white, black, silver, and shades of gold.

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