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Lhasa Apsos: the most honest dog breed review you'll ever find about Lhasa Apso temperament, personality, and behavior.What's Good About 'Em,What's Bad About 'Em Lhasa Apso Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Too many people buy a Lhasa Apso puppy based on his brash and comical antics, envisioning a cuddly lapdog.In truth, the adult Lhasa Apso is one of the hardiest, toughest, and strongest willed of all the small breeds. It is said that "when a Lhasa Apso looks in the mirror, he sees a lion."Though he can certainly be playful, the adult Lhasa carries himself with regal dignity. Rather calm and deliberate in nature, he makes a mannerly house dog IF you can establish a relationship of mutual respect -- i.e., admiring his independent character while consistently enforcing your rules so that he respects you as well.The AKC Standard, showing great restraint, calls the Lhasa Apso "chary with strangers." Indeed he is.
With his acute senses, keen observation skills, and distrust of anything new or different, Lhasas take their watchdog responsibilities seriously -- some individuals are not just "all bark" and may be very willing to bite if pushed. Lhasa Apsos need early socialization with people to ensure that they don't become too sharp.teacup yorkies for sale hampton roadsWith other animals, the Lhasa can be bossy and jealous.fawn kelpie pups for sale nswVery smart, but also dominant and manipulative, the Lhasa Apso is a challenge to train. chugs for sale spokane waThey cannot be forced to do anything, nor will they meekly accept harshness or teasing.
Training methods that emphasize food and praise will be met with much more cooperation. Housebreaking may take a while.Without careful socialization, Lhasa Apsos may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to biting. Lhasa Apsos have an independent mind of their own and are definitely not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative, and many are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. To teach your Lhasa Apso to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Lhasa Apso Training Page discusses the program you need. If you need to physically chastise a Lhasa Apso, and you go beyond what THEY believe is a fair correction, they are more likely than other breeds to growl or snap. As an obedience instructor, I'm always extra careful when putting my hands on any Lhasa for a correction. I do NOT recommend Lhasa Apsos for small children.
Many Lhasa will not tolerate any nonsense from little life forms whom they consider to be below themselves in importance. Many Lhasas are quick to react to teasing, and even to the normal clumsiness that comes with small children (accidental squeezing of their ears or pulling of hair or stepping on their paw). Many Lhasas are possessive of their food and toys and will defend these from all comers, including children. If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Lhasa Apso might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting ServiceOnce you have your Lhasa Apso home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
Please consider adopting an ADULT Lhasa Apso...When you're acquiring a Lhasa Apso PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Lhasa Apsos who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoyAdopting a Dog From a Dog Breed Rescue GroupAdopting a Dog From the Animal ShelterMORE OF MY ARTICLES YOU MIGHT ENJOY.....The Lhasa Apso is a small, hardy dog. The body length is longer than the height of the dog. The small, deep-set eyes are dark brown and the pendant ears are heavily feathered. The front legs are straight.
The back legs are heavily covered in hair. The muzzle is medium in length. The teeth should meet in a level or slightly undershot bite. The feet are round and catlike with an abundance of hair. The tail is set high, well feathered and carried over the back in a screw. Some tails have a kink at the end. The dense, double coat is straight and long over the entire body, including over the head and eyes, reaching to the floor. Any color is acceptable in the show ring. Gold, cream and honey are the most popular, but the coat also comes in dark-grizzle, slate, smoke and multi-colors of brown, white and black. Puppy coats often change colors as the puppy grows. Owners often cut the dogs’ hair short in a puppy cut to make them easier to care for.This is a hardy dog with a friendly, assertive manner. Intelligent and lively, it makes a good pet. Lhasa Apsos are spirited and devoted little dogs that are affectionate with their masters. They can be very obedient to their masters. This breed responds to motivational training.
They have a keen sense of hearing, and make good watchdogs. The Lhasa Apso travels well. Sadly, this little dog often falls into Small Dog Syndrome, a human induced behavior where the dog thinks he is pack leader to humans. This causes many varying degrees of negative behaviors to come out in the dog. They become suspicious of strangers, and may not tolerate children. They will become willful with a loud persistent bark, as they try and get THEIR humans to listen to them. They will become nervous and untrustworthy with strangers and children, and inclined to fight with other dogs. Often times they will develop separation anxiety, getting very upset when left alone. Followers are not allowed to leave the pack leader, however pack leaders can leave the followers. They can become can snappish if surprised or peeved, and begin to display guarding behaviors. These negative behaviors are NOT traits of the Lhasa Apso; they are human induced behaviors resulting from the dog not being treated like the canine species it is, and due to lack of leadership, rules and the lack of limits placed on the dog.
A mentally stable dog that gets enough mental and physical exercise will have a totally different personality. It is all up to the humans around the dog. As soon as the humans start being true pack leaders, the dog’s behavior will change for the better.Height: Males 10 - 11 inches (25 - 28 cm); a little less for FemalesWeight: Males 13 - 15 pounds (5.9 - 6.8 kg) OriginThe Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains hundreds of years ago. It's named after the sacred city of Lhasa. For years the breed remained solely bred in Tibet by holy men and nobles. It was used as a watchdog in temples and monasteries. The dog was considered sacred. The belief was that when its master died the master's soul entered the Lhasa Apso's body. The breed was not easy to come across and was hard to buy. The dogs were considered good luck to their owners. In 1933 the dogs spread to other parts of the world thanks to C. Suydam Cutting, who introduced the first Lhasas to the USA as gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama.
Tibet's ruler would present them to visiting foreign diplomats. The Lhasa Apso first appeared in Britain in the 1920s and in the USA in 1930. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1935.Makita the Lhasa Apso at about 2 years old—"Maki (short for Makita) was given to us by a friend when she was about 6 months old. When she first arrived, she stood aloof from all of us except with my sister Meg who gets to play with Maki whenever she visits our friend. But it was only for a short time, Maki easily got adjusted and became the "darling" of the house : ). She's very territorial and very persistent with her barking especially to strangers. But once she gets familiar with the person, she still barks but occasional. It was only recently that I have watched the program "Dog Whisperer" and I found it to be very helpful in understanding Maki. I now have just started taking my dog out for a walk-the right way : ) We're both still learning and I'm happy spending each moment with Maki knowing I'm doing the right thing -guided by what I learn from the show.
Such a nice feeling : )"____________________________________ Maximus the Lhasa Apso puppy at 5 months old—"This is Max right after his very first trim. We got him groomed so he could see. He was having a lot of trouble with our stairs!" Hachi the 4 month old male Lhasa Apso from India____________________________________ Photo courtesy of Spooner's Lhasa Babies____________________________________ This is SWE.CH BISS Whisborne Heatwave. Photo courtesy of Jenny Eriksson, Dream House____________________________________ Ditto at 6 years old____________________________________ This is 1-year-old Sadie.____________________________________ "This is Mido at 7 years old. He is a very calm, loving dog that was adopted from PetFinder. He sometimes acts like a cat!! When we adopted him he was 3 and as he gets older and we get to know him more, we think he was brought up with cats. He licks his paw and then cleans his face. He leaps up on the sofa, from the side, not the front like our other Lhasa Apso.
When we go to lift him up he rolls over. He really has some cat-type quirks!! He likes bacon and chicken (what dog doesn't?). He never played with toys for the first year then one day we saw him flicking a furry toy around, since then he loves his toys. Still won’t chase a tennis ball, though! Gets on okay with our other Lhasa Casey; she’s 12 this year. But he doesn't like her too near him, they sleep on the bed but at opposite ends, he doesn't like to be too close to him. I don’t know why?"We watch Cesar all the time; he is really good. Maybe he could explain why Mido and Casey don’t like being close together. They are okay on their walks or around the house but bedtime they like to be apart. I feel we have two well-balanced dogs. They go for a 20-min walk after breakfast and again after dinner. They have a fenced-in yard to run around. Mido is a happy, easy-going dog. From the photo you can see he doesn't mind if we put shades on him, he will sit there and look cute.