Lhasa Apso

calm, content dogs...

Lhasa Apsos are small, long haired dogs originating in Tibet. They were bred to be watch dogs only and have no hunting instinct whatsoever. They do, however, have a keen sense of hearing and a deep bark and are always on the alert for strangers.

They are fiercely loyal to their loved ones, but are naturally wary of all strangers and can be very aggressive with people and animals they don't know. For this reason, they need lots of opportunities throughout their lives to socialise. They need consistent obedience training but these dogs are quite resistant to becoming compliant, so patience is required. Because they are very immature for at least the first 2 years of their lives, training may seem like it is taking forever, but it will come. They respond well to positive reinforcement. These dogs can live into their 20s, so the pay off for your hard work will be many years of enjoyment.

Lhasa Apsos prefer adult company. They are very good with older children but find toddlers and boisterous children frightening and will usually hide from them.

Despite being lap dog size, they do not feel the need to be your shadow. They like to sit somewhere that they can see the whole goings on in the house and they don't mind climbing onto the back of your lounge suite to do so. They are very affectionate dogs and will rub their head on you or nudge you to show it, but if you go out for the day, they won't fret. They are just as happy with their own company and will wait patiently until you come back. They will be delighted with a short daily walk but will largely exercise themselves around the house. Don't bother with swimming, they don't swim!

Grooming is easy. Despite their long hair, they don't shed much and only need their coat brushed once a week provided you keep it cut short. However, if you want them at show standard you will need to put in a daily effort and have them professionally groomed.

Health issues are almost non existent. This is a healthy breed with age related blindness the only common ailment. Both hip dysplasia and eye problems are now screened for by breeders.

<ul ><li>Very small, long haired dog</li><li>Keen watch dog</li><li>Good with older children</li><li>Wary of strangers and noisy children</li><li>Little exercise required</li><li>Long life span - up to 20 years</li></ul>