|Though small in size, Lhasa Apsos were originally bred as sentinel dogs;
soldiers posted to guard and watch over something and to sound a
warning when strangers approached. Lhasas are loyal to family and
tolerant of friends, but tend to be reserved or suspicious with
strangers. Their long heritage in Tibet as sentinels has made them
discriminating and very sensitive to situations that might conceivably
pose a threat.
Like other guard breeds, Lhasa Apsos can be serious-minded, watchful
and protective, They form their own opinions and may act on them
without waiting for orders. Lhasas don’t appreciate yelling, arguing or
even rough play between family members, and may step in to stop it.
“Each one of my Lhasas has ‘come to my rescue’ when playing around
gets rough enough it’s no longer clear to them it’s only play,” They will
protect and they will bite!
The Lhasa Apso has a reputation for being an alpha dog, trying to
increase its own power and be everyone’s boss, including you, but this
isn’t always the case.
Lhasas enjoy rewards and will work hard to earn them, but they’ll shut
down or become uncooperative if treated roughly. It is recommended
that physical punishment be avoided, using time-outs as a means of
correction works best for the Lhasa Apso. Being placed alone in its
crate or dog-safe room for five (5) to ten (10) minutes will interrupt
your Lhasa's inappropriate behavior and give it time to calm down.
Once the time-out ends, calmly and pleasantly ask your dog to do
something you’ve taught it and reward it for that. Rebelliousness will
evaporate when your Lhasa learns it can make rewards happen by
behaving in approved ways.
Positive training is a great way to motivate Lhasa Apsos, because they
resent being forced but enjoy earning rewards. Learning to earn
rewards teaches your Lhasa that good things happen when it does as
|The best way to have a well-behaved Lhasa Apso is to be proactive. Start teaching good
manners as soon as it joins your family, and as much as possible, arrange the environment to
prevent misbehavior. Put out of reach any precious items it might be tempted to chew. Reward
appropriate actions, so your Lhasa understands what’s acceptable and what is not. Keep rules
consistent and training positive and gentle.
Don’t wait for unpleasant behaviors to harden into habits. When your dog does something
wrong, guide it into more appropriate behavior, then reward it. Your guidance is vital to your
Other Names: Tibetan Apso
Height: (Approx.) 9-11 In.
Group: Herding (Non-sporting)
Weight: (Approx.) 13-15 Lbs. (Standard Weight: 17 - 27 Lbs.)
Coat: Heavy, Hard, Thick, And Straight (double-coated: soft undercoat)
Color: Sand, Honey, Black, Brown, Smoke, Slate, Grizzle, White, Brindle Or Party-color
**The Lhasa Apso are known for their longevity.
Many live to be 18 years or older, and the oldest on record
lived to be 29 years
To Research the History Of these wonderful companions,
go to some of these sites.
Origins of Lhasa Apsos
American Kennel Club
The Lhasa Apso Information Source
The History of the Lhasa Apso
The History of Lhasa Apso Standards
**Dog Breeds - Continental Kennel Club
|In the early 1900s, when Lhasa
Apsos were first introduced to the
USA, the American Kennel Club
(AKC) mistook them as 'large
Unlike the Lhasa Apso who came
from Tibet and the Himalayan
Mountains, the Shih-Tzu originated
Due to the similarities, for many
years, the Lhasa Apso and Shih-tzu
breeds were mixed creating a
smaller Lhasa Apso and a larger
Shih-Tzu. For a while this mixed
breeding confused AKC Standards
for the Lhasa Apso breed.
The Lhasa was the first admitted to
AKC registration - in 1935. It was
originally shown in the Terrier
Group, then reassigned to the
Non-Sporting in 1959.