In the 1930's, Lhasas were given as a gift from the Dalai Lama to American C. Suydam Cutting, a world traveler and naturalist. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1935 as the Lhasa Terrier, but was re-named Lhasa Apso in 1944. In 1959, the breed was moved from the terrier group to the non-sporting group.
About the Breed:
Many owners choose to keep their Lhasa's hair trimmed in a short "puppy coat." Others, especially those in the the show world, prefer the natural long and heavy coat. Either way, a strict grooming routine is an absolute neccessity. The Lhasa's hair grows constantly, so haircuts will be needed. Thoise who keep the coat short will need to have the hair trimmed every 2-3 weeks and brush the hair every 7-10 days. If the hair is kept long, thorough brushing is vital every 1-2 days. Because it sheds very little (if at all), the Lhasa can be considered one of many hypoallergenic dog breeds.
The Lhasa has a mind of its own and a strong-willed nature. Because of this, obedience training is an absolute requirement. However, this breed is quite smart and can learn well with persistance Though the Lhasa does not need a tremendous amount of exercise, the breed thrives with a daily exercise routine - as with all dogs. Additionally, dog sports like agility will challenge and stimulate the Lhasa's mind and body.
The Lhasa's small size makes this breed ideal for apartments and small homes. This breed may not be an ideal first choice for households with children, but can get along with kinds if raised with them and well-trained/socialized. This is an intelligent and protective breed that will bond closely with its owner, but also a playful and mischievous dog. Lhasas are known for their sense of independence and ability to make wonderful companions.
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