Lhasa Apso

By | October 5, 2013
     

Intro

The Lhasa Apso is a small and hardy dog that has its length being longer than its height. This is from the short feet that the dog has. This dog has a round head and a long muzzle that slopes gradually from the level of the eyes. The eyes are deep set and the ears are p[right and slightly feathered by hair.

The front legs of the dog are straight while the back legs are slightly arched. This dog has a level top line which is an indication that both the back and front legs are equal. Hair on the back legs is immense and requires regular grooming for the dog to look presentable. The teeth meet inb a scissor bite and this bite is seen to be undershot.
Appearance

This dog is quite an amazing one, especially with the color coat as it has very long hair which is very dense. As with most long haired dogs, the Lhasa Apso has a double coat with an undercoat that is dense and low lying whereas the top coat is long and covers most parts of the body. The most common color coats of the dog include cream, honey and gold. Multicolored dogs are also common with a combination of white, black and brown being seen. The height of the dog is averaged at 10 – 11 inches and the weight average ranges in between 13 – 15 pounds.

Temperament

The Lhasa Apso is a friendly and very lively dog that transforms the ambience of the houses they live in. This is a very loving and devoted dog and they love being in the company of their masters. Training is made considerably easier with the consideration that the dog is intelligent and loves to please it master. As the Apso has very good hearing abilities, it can double up as a very good watchdog, only barking when necessary. It is also a very good dog to travel with and it responds very well to motivational training.

One challenge that the owners of the Lhasa Apso face is Small Dog Syndrome where the dog tends to try and assert its leadership in light of poor leadership from its owner and tends to behave as the pack leader. It is important that you must be ready to deal with the behavior problems as they occur. Daily exercise can help cut on the behavior problems.

Health Problems

The most common health problem in the Lhasa Apso is the skin coat which can tend to be irritated when external parasites infest it. A lot of fur falls on the ground.

Mortality

The lifespan of the dog is about 15 years and no grave concerns have been seen to affect the mortality. Grooming

Daily grooming of the long coat of the Lhasa Apso is recommended. When washing, dog shampoo should be used to ensure the coat is well oiled.

Origin

The origin of the Lhasa can be traced back from the Himalayan Mountains and the name is actually borrowed from the city of Lhasa. This dog was bred for nobles in Tibet but has with time been bred widely. IT was registered by the AKC in 1935.