The Lhasa Apso dog breed is originally from Tibet, where he was a highly regarded watchdog in the palaces and monasteries of his mountainous homeland.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Lhasa Apso.
The Lhasa Apso has a long history in his country of origin, Tibet. They have existed at least since the year 800 A.D., and for centuries they lived in isolation with Tibetan Buddhists in the Himalayan Mountains.
Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and they believe that in the stages of reincarnation, a dog often comes right before a human. According to their religion, the souls of lamas, or priests, are frequently reborn as Lhasa Apsos just before they are reborn as humans.
3) Independent Mind
Lhasa Apsos have an independent mind of their own and are definitely not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative, and many are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss). You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
The Lhasa Apso is a moderately active breed. A daily walk will take care of the emotional and developmental needs of the dog. An occasional romp is an open area is good to release the extra energy of this breed in a safe manner.
Lhasa Apsos were often given as gifts in Tibet. If you received a Lhasa as a gift, you could consider it a sign of good fortune. The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, even gave Lhasa Apsos to the emperor of China many centuries ago (this is the predominant theory of how the Shih Tzu breed came about). Though they were often gifted, Lhasa Apsos were hardly ever sold.
Lhasa is actually the capital of Tibet. Why the word "apso" is included in the breed's name is less clear. It could just be a misspelling of the word "abso," which is part of the breed's original Tibetan name, "Abso Seng Kye." There is also a theory that "apso" is derived from the Tibetan word for goat, "rapso," so-named because the dog's coat is woolly and goat-like.
Some Lhasas are perfectly friendly toward everyone. But most are not, and without careful socialization, a Lhasa Apso may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to biting.
Although the average lifespan of a Lhasa Apso is 12-to-15 years old, many can live to their late teens, and some beyond 20. In fact, the oldest Lhasa Apso lived to be 29 years old.
Without frequent brushing and combing, the long hair becomes a matted mess. If you can't commit to the brushing, you have to commit to frequent trimming to keep the coat short and sanitary. Clipped Lhasas look great – like perpetual puppies!
The Lhasa Apso is a small dog breed with a low lying frame. It has a heavy head with hair falling by either side; medium sized eyes which are dark brown in color; pendant ears which are heavily feathered; black nose; a strong, square muzzle; taut lips which are black in color with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a high set tail which is heavily feathered. The tail is carried over the back with a strong curl. It has well proportioned legs with cat like feet. It has a double coat with a long, hard, heavy, straight and very dense outer coat, and a short and soft undercoat. Its coat can be of any color, most common colors are cream and golden.