The origins of Lhasa Apso could be traced back to centuries-old Tibet where it was used as a watchdog in temples and monasteries. The Lhasa Apso was believed to be a harbinger of good luck for its owner. Today, the Lhasa Apso has become a wonderful companion dog in many Western nations.
The pretty, little Lhasa Apso has long, heavy double coat drapes over its body, patterned in a multitude of colors; gold, cream, honey, smoke, dark-grizzle, slate and a rare combination of brown, white & black. The dog’s luxuriant hair falls in cascades from the head over its eyes. The Lhasa Apso has a dark beard and mustache, medium-length muzzle, small and dark deep-set eyes and heavy feathered ears. The dog’s neck and tail exhibits abundant hair and its tail is carried over its back. The average height of the breed ranges from 9 to11 inches and it weighs 13 to15 pounds.
solid golden, sandy, honey, red, dark grizzle, slate or smoke, black, parti color, white, brown, and combinations of these colors.
A companionable, confident, determined and intelligent dog, the Lhasa Apso is highly obedient to his master. An ideal watch dog, one of the major characteristics of the Lhasa Apso is its excellent auditory skill. The dog possesses an exceptional ability to adapt to different climatic conditions and lifestyles. However, the dog can become noisy and nervous in the company of children and strangers and might get involved in fight with other dogs.
The average life expectancy of Lhasa Apso is between 15 and 18 years. Some of the most common health problems that affect the Lhasa Apso are skin diseases, hip dysplasia, kidney problems, eye problems and bleeding ulcers.
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