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Dog Breed of the Week: Lhasa Apso

By February 6, 2013

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The Lhasa Apso often gets lumped in or confused with similar breeds like the Shih Tzu. Most people know it is a separate breed, but many cannot identify the differences off the tops of their heads. The truth is that the Lhasa is an original, developed by nature for life in the Himalayan mountains. The Shih-Tzu's ancestors may be related to Lhasas, but the Lhasas came first. I have not had the pleasure to know many Lhasas, but I admire their independence and whimsy. I also admire the owners who work so hard to train these headstrong little dogs. Lhasas are smart and they know it!

The Lhasa Apso is not the right breed for everyone, particularly households with small children, as it seems like Lhasas prefer adults. However, I do believe that any dog can adapt to just about any situation with proper handling. If you don't mind grooming, and you want a relatively small dog with a dynamic personality and moderate activity level, the Lhasa may be the right one. Before you choose, learn all about the Lhasa Apso, a unique and intriguing dog breed. Love the breed? Tell us about your Lhasa!

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February 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm
(1) Susan says:

I don’t have a Lhasa Apso but I just wanted to say thank you for all the great information you provide in this forum. Even though you may not get a lot of comments all the time, I am sure just like myself there are a lot of readers. I have learned a lot reading this information. Thanks again. Susan

February 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm
(2) Christa says:

I don’t have a Lhasa Apso but have owned other dog breeds, and I have met a few Lhasas over the years. They are great and learned a lot from reading what you have posted here. Thanks, Christa

February 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm
(3) Christa Madeline says:

I am not a Lhasa Apso owner; however, have had a Boston Terrier and Yorkie over the years and do have friends with them. I did learn a bit more reading your information here. Thanks, Christa

August 3, 2013 at 2:51 am
(4) kathy says:

I DO have a Lhasa Apso, Chloe, She is 4 years old and the smartest and best dog I’ve ever had. She is a natural clown, loves to please and very, very social. She picked me out when she was 4 months old, never whined once, the first night home, confined chewing to rawhide, and was basically housebroken within 3 days…She DOES let me know when it’s time to go outside. She is not a barker and she is not fond of those under 4 feet tall, tho she will tolerate them for my sake. She has been free of medical issues except for vaccinations. I couldn’t ask for a better companion dog and she has visited patients in our local hospital very successfully. Her command of the English language is exceptional and, there are times when it is necessary to spell in front of her! She has just been a Joy and I’d recommend the breed to anyone willing to spend time bonding with one.

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