The Lhasa Apso is a lively, intelligent, and friendly breed. Originally bred in a by Tibetan Buddhist monks in a monastery, these dogs are alert and have excellent senses of hearing; due to a combination of these traits, they are good at barking to let their family know if an intruder is near. They love their owners, but will act wary around strangers. They make excellent companion dogs and family pets!
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Top 10 Facts:
- Lhasa refers to the capital city of Tibet and the word apso in the Tibetan language means “bearded.” These two words together roughly translate to “the long-haired dog of Lhasa.”
- Lhasa Apsos are also know to bring good luck, spawning the term “Lucky Lhasa.”
- Some famous PetParents to this breed are Gwen Stefani, Kurt Vonnegut, and Arturo Paz!
- Known for their silky locks, these dogs require LOTS of grooming. Be prepared to do a lot of work or to pay a professional groomer to do to the work for you.
- The Lhasa Apso is known in his homeland as Abso Seng Kye, which translates to “Bark Lion Sentinel Dog.”
- These dogs like to be around their people and may develop severe separation anxiety when left alone for too long.
- The Lhasa Apso is ranked as the 14th most ancient dog breed still in existence today!
- One trait this breed is known for is its “sonorous” bark.
- The Lhasa Apso is one of the longest lived breeds with an average lifespan of 14-15 years.
- These dogs are also pretty healthy, but may be prone to some health disorders like cherry eye and hip dysplasia.