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Lhassa Apso

Original Name: Lhasa apso
Originally from Tibet, the Lhassa Apso is known for their elegant look and faithful nature. They get very attached to their masters, making them ideal companions!
In the International Federation of Kennel Clubs category, the Lhasa Apso is in the group 9 (pet dogs), more specifically, the section 5 (Tibetan dogs), side by side with the Shih Tzu, the Tibetan Spaniel and the Tibetan Terrier. "Lhasa" is the name of the capital city of Tibet and "Apso" means "bearded" so Lhasa Apso means "bearded Tibetan dog". Apso is also a contraction of the word "rapso" which is the Tibetan name of a long-haired goat.

The Lhasa Apso, with its long coat, must always have a thick layer of hair which protects it from the sun in summer and the cold in winter.

There are 2 categories of Lhasa Apso, separating depending on the texture of the hair: silky hair versus woolen hair. This depends on the breeders taste. Wire hair is the only one that''s recognized.

Jigmé Taring, a Tibetan specialist on the Lhasa Apso breed, wrote in 1990: "With my experience and after seeing numbers of books on Lhasa Apsos, I have come to notice that there are two distinct types of Apsos in foreign countries. This might perhaps be due to the change in climate, food and better care they get than in their native land or could it be a hybrid of some sort is a mystery to myself. On the whole, I do appreciate and admire your work on Lhasa Apso, especially at the time when this breed is in danger of being diminished after the Chinese occupation of Tibet."

Tibetans nicknamed it the "Bearded Lion Dog" because of their rich, hoarse bark that goes against its size. Some people use these dogs in the crossing of the Himalayas. The famous sherpa Tensing Norgay confirmed that they can predict an avalanche. The Lhasa Apso makes an excellent guide: he can squeeze in anywhere and they make excellent warning dogs. They were at the same time sheepdogs and temple watchdogs.

Today, the original Lhasa Apso is threatened by the hybrid type. You can often see the dogs with silky hair, apple shaped head with a middle parting and a low hindquarters in the show rings. Luckily, some breeders reacted positively to this phenomenon by re selecting the ancient type of Lhasa.

One of the strays, Peg, appears in the Disney movie "Lady and the Tramp" is a Lhasa Apso. She is saved by the Tramp from a local dog catcher. Also, a number of stars have fallen for the Lhaso Apso''s charm, including singer Gwen Stefani.

The Lhasa Apso is a dog with a special personality. They are very protective of their master and won''t put up with anyone hurting him. They make excellent watchdogs for their bark and they will let people in but if the master isn''t there, then they won''t let them leave. This breed is well-known for being loyal and good tempered. They also have a tendency to get too attached and won''t be able to handle being left alone.

This little companion is made for many dog sports such as Agility .

The Lhasa Apso needs to be brushed twice a week, especially when they are young to get rid of their fluffy, puppy fur and you need to regularly clean their eyes and in-between their pads. You need to dry them well after washing them (once a month or more depending on their activeness), otherwise their hair will stay wet for several hours. The Lhasa Apso is a long-lived, rustic breed. They are food-lovers and you need to watch them to avoid obesity problems. Because the Lhasa Apso isn''t that flexible and not good at jumping, climbing up and down stairs could cause him problems in his hindquarters.
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Dog  - Lhassa Apso  (5 months)
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