At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 13 - 15 lbs.

Height: 10" - 11"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Lhasa Apso

Also know as: Apso Seng Kyi

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Japan (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The Lhasa Apso originated hundreds of years ago in the isolated reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. It functioned primarily as a household sentinel, guarding homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa. In 1933, C. Suydam Cutting introduced the first Lhasas to the U.S. gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama.

Temperament / Behavior
The Lhasa Apso is very devoted and friendly to other people and animals. This breed loves to play games or nap in your lap. Many refer to the breed as "cat like" because it loves to climb into cozy places and uses its paws for various activities.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Patellar luxation; entropion; distichiasis; PRA (progressive retinal atrophy); bleeding ulcers

Special Needs
Exercise: The Lhasa Apso needs a short walk, romp, or play session each day. This dog does not do well in humid weather.

Grooming: The Lhasa Apso has a long coat that needs combing twice weekly.


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