Dog LogoPhotosBooks
TalesNewsDog Mall


Dog Breeds

"To err is human, to forgive, canine."

Author Unknown


Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso (lha-saw op-so) is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred originally to guard monasteries by alerting monks to any intruders who entered.

Lhasas are about 10 to 11 inches at the withers and weigh about 14-18 pounds. The females are slightly smaller, and weigh between 12-14 pounds. The breed standard requires dark brown eyes and a black nose. Texture of the coat is heavy, straight, hard, neither woolly nor silky, and very dense. A Lhasa's coat should be of good length. All colors are equally acceptable, with or without dark tips to ears and beard. The tail should be carried in a tight screw over the back. The breed standard currently used by the American Kennel Club was approved July 11, 1978. You can find lots of different colour Lhasa Apso's as puppies. Some start off with a dark brown coat with tan and white splotchs, but when their hair is cut their colour can turn much lighter; sometimes even white.


Lhasa Apso
Other names: Lhassa Terrier
Nicknames: Lhasa
Country of origin: Tibet

Having been bred to be sentinel or watch dogs, Lhasa Apsos tend to be alert and have a keen sense of hearing with a rich, sonorous bark that belies their size (some are known as "singers").

Lhasa Apsos, although small, can exhibit brief periods of explosive energy.[citation needed] Unique personality characteristics of Lhasa Apsos have gained them a reputation in some circles as being a very emotive breed that in some cases prove themselves to be completely fearless.

If properly raised it will come to appreciate bathing, hair combing and cutting. The Lhasa Apso is a long-lived breed, with some living in good health into their early 20s.