These lovable Tibetan creatures are a firm favourite with those who have chosen them as their canine companions. If you’re thinking of getting your own Lhasa Apso, there are a few common myths to be aware of. Here they are.
MYTH: Lhasa Apsos are hypo-allergenic
TRUTH: Whilst it’s true that the Lhasa Apso’s beautiful long coat actually sheds less than other dog breeds, this doesn’t actually make them any safer for people who have dog allergies. This is because it’s the dander (flakes of skin) that fall from the dog which actually cause the allergic reaction, not the fur itself. So, be aware of this before you purchase your Lhasa pup, and you will avoid disappointment further down the line.
MYTH: Lhasa Apsos can be left alone for hours
TRUTH: A lot of dog breeders say that this breed is ideal for people who are out at work all day, because they aren’t prone to separation anxiety. However, the Lhasa Apso, like all dogs, is a pack animal and although he might not be vocal about being left alone, he will certainly not find it pleasant! These little dogs are independent and sometimes aloof, but they aren’t designed to be left alone for long periods. As a general rule, anyone who is out of the hours for eight hours a day should not be considering getting a dog.
MYTH: The Lhasa Apso is a lapdog
TRUTH: These furry, cute looking dogs are not a typical lapdog! Whilst they have been bred as companion dogs, they are actually quite independent and free spirited. This means they will quickly get bored of being petted and will look around for their own entertainment if left to their own devices. Plenty of walks, toys and new experiences are important to this breed.
MYTH: Lhasa Apsos don’t need exercise
TRUTH: Lots of breeders are fond of telling prospective buyers that these little dogs do fine without too much exercise. Whilst the Lhasa Apso isn’t as active or athletic as other breeds, they will still certainly need to be exercised daily. Exercise stops these little dogs from developing health conditions, and it also keeps them happy and relaxed. So. your Lhasa Apso might not have the physical stamina of a German Shepherd, but his enjoyment levels will be the same! He will love being out and about exploring the world on a regular basis.