The Lhasa Apso is lively, assertive, friendly and hardy. Originally from Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was a watchdog in palaces and monasteries. Though no longer a palace guard, they still carry their guard-dog traits today.
A small dog with a big dog personality, the Lhasa Apso is protective in nature. They have a loud, persistent bark and sound bigger than they really are, making them good watchdogs. Though not usually aggressive, they are naturally suspicious of strangers and takes their protector job seriously.
The Lhasa Apso is independent and intelligent. Early training and socialization is necessary to ensure they are a successful family member. Their independent nature makes them a bit difficult to train as they like to do their own thing. They can be willful, and respond best to motivational training. If you do not establish yourself as the leader, the Lhasa Apso will take it upon themselves to be one. Training is worth it, though, as they make joyful, loyal companions.
Because of their protective nature, they do not do well with small children. They tend to bond more with adults and older children – young children can be too rough, probing them to nip. They are also happiest being the only dog in the house. Lhasa Apsos also mature slowly, holding on to puppy-like behavior into adulthood.
Major Health Concerns: The Lhasa Apso is generally a healthy breed. Their coat needs to be kept free of parasites to avoid skin problems. They may have kidney problems and bleeding ulcers.
Interesting Fact: The Lhasa Apso originated in the area of Tibet over 4000 years ago as a small breed of mountain wolf. They are considered one of the oldest breed of domestic dogs.
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