Lhasa Apso Puppy
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Lhasa Apso Puppy

Lhasa Apso puppies

The peaceful, calming and serene beauty of Tibet finds a special place with some people because this is the birthplace of the Lhasa Apso. The Lhasa Apso puppy was originally bred and developed to be a guard dog. No wonder its name means Bark lion Sentinel Dog in Tibetan. Since the Tibetans had large mastiff-type dogs to protect the outside premises, the Lhasa Apso dogs were given the responsibility of protecting the insides of homes.

The harsh environmental conditions of the birthplace of Lhasa Apso puppy means that this dog has to have a hardy constitution with dense hair coat. Typically the dog is tan in color, though it appears in other solid colors too. The hair coat is distinctive of the Apso puppies and is straight, dense and long. The Lhasa Apso puppy grows up into a small dog with a curled up tail. The face is small with a medium length muzzle and flattened ears that are small and heavily feathered. The dog stands about 10-12 inches tall and typically weighs between 15-20 pounds.

The Lhasa Apso puppies have developed the strength and character of the climatic conditions and the work they were required to do. A hardy vigorous dog with an intelligence that is almost amazing. The dog seems to have a sixth sense in distinguishing between a stranger and a friend. Once he gets to know you, the Lhasa quickly becomes very friendly, but otherwise he is aloof and watchful. Since their main function is that of providing companionship, they are also very affectionate and highly endearing, sometimes even bordering on the comic in their behavior. The Lhasa Apso puppy has a will of its own and can be very obstinate when it wants to be. Therefore, the Lhasa is not recommended for families with small or boisterous children. Obedience training is a must in the Apso Lhasa puppy if he is to listen to the master at all.

The Apso Lhasa puppy needs lots of attention and is generally happy to be an only pet. They have a heightened sense of hearing that enables them to keep watch very effectively. They show a tendency to bite if surprised or angered, and they do not like to be ignored for long periods.

The Apso Lhasa puppies have a heavy double coat that is draped over their entire body. This coat was a necessity in the bitter cold of Tibet. The coat grows to the floor and even covers the eyes, which are protected by long lashes. This coat is neither soft nor silky. Obviously, the dog needs rigorous grooming and if ignored will tie up in knots within no time. The dog is very prone to ear and eye infections, so regular cleanups are very important. Get a doctor to regularly check the dog. Apso Lhasa puppies are also prone to skin infections and kidney diseases.

Since the Apso Lhasa shows an attitude that borders on obstinacy they are intensely difficult to housetrain. Crate training is often the best way to train these dogs. Obedience training and intense early socialization is an absolute must. These dogs respond to firm, affirmative commands and love to be praised and rewarded.

Being of sturdy stock, the Apso Lhasa puppy loves the outdoors. It is rambunctious and loves to run around a lot. This kind of enthusiasm generally takes care of all their exercise needs. However they do enjoy small walks and even need this kind of daily exercise. They are not at all suited for outdoor life since they are excellent apartment dwellers.

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