The Lhasa Apso is a unique little dog with an interesting background and some special needs in terms of daily care. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this breed.
What is the Lhasa Apso’s temperament like?
Generally speaking, the Lhasa Apso can be a bit of an enigma,with many different sides to its personality. This is what makes them such interesting pets! Firstly, these dogs can be quite independent; despite their furry, toy-like appearances, they aren’t typical lapdogs and have their own ideas about what they want to do with themselves. They are intelligent and can be a bit rebellious if they sense they can get away with it. They also make good little watchdogs, as they have a long history of being used for this purpose. So, they can bark quite a bit, if they have inherited those instincts from their bloodline. Lastly, they can be quite fun to have around because of their happy, clownish natures and many Lhasa owners say that their little dogs provide wonderful companions as a result.
How much exercise do Lhasa Apsos need?
Lhasas don’t need as much exercise as some breeds, and are quite calm around the house. This makes them good candidates for city living and for owners who live in apartments. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need walking! These intelligent little dogs will relish the chance to be out in the park sniffing out new scents and meeting other dogs. So, even though they are a small breed and they aren’t terribly athletic, they still need daily walks to keep them happy and stimulated, both physically and mentally.
How much grooming do Lhasa Apsos need?
Perhaps one of the main things which sets this breed apart is its long coat. Without regular grooming, the coat will grow to floor length and will get dirty, matted and unhealthy. Lhasa Apso owners need to get used to the idea of daily grooming sessions if they are going to keep the coat at a medium to long length. The only alternative to this is to keep the coat clipped to a very short length so that it cannot get matted. If you choose this option, regular trimming is a must.
How much do Lhasa Apsos bark?
It’s true that these little dogs were used as watchdogs for centuries in their Tibetan homes. However, they are also very intelligent and as they grow older they learn to distinguish normal noise from noise that is out of the ordinary. The result is that they really only bark when they feel something is genuinely suspicious, rather than barking at every little thing. Of course, this is also dependent on how well they have been socialised and trained as puppies.
Are Lhasa Apsos a healthy breed?
In general the Lhasa Apso is a healthy breed, and does not carry the same number of health risks as a lot of other breeds out there. However, it’s important to remember that your Lhasa pup is only going to be as healthy as its parents, and this depends heavily on what kind of a breeder he has come from. So, choose a responsible, knowledgable breeder. Watch out for eye problems, and kidney disease in the pup’s family history as these are two of the few diseases a Lhasa can inherit.