Lhasa Apso

Description:
This dog, despite its very long coat, is very small; its height is around twenty-five centimeters and the females are a little smaller. The coat of this dog is very lavish, long, straight and strong especially around its ears, paws and tail. Its undercoat is medium sized. The color of this dog varies anywhere from golden, sandy, honey color, dark grey, black, smoky, white and brown. The ears and the beard are often black at the tips. The muzzle is medium sized and should not look square; its skull is narrow, not rounded or smooth; the forehead is straight and somewhat long; the nose should be black, its eyes medium sized and only slightly pronounced, and its ears should hang. This dog's neck is long and well arched; its front legs should look straight and the hind legs should be well angled and parallel; the body is compact and well balanced. The length of its body from its shoulders to its hind region should be longer than its actual height. The tail should be well curled over the dogs back; it should have a straight angle.

Ideal owner:
Don't mistake this dog with a lap dog; it isn't one. This dog is very robust, small in size, and stands out due to its beauty and intelligence. Its elegance and beauty is very captivating and often allows it to get its way, it is also very sure of itself and independent. The owner of this dog should be careful not to spoil it too much; its small size often causes this to occur and can lead to behavior problems. Start its basic training at a young age, as this will make it into the perfect housedog that will love playing and having fun with the kids.

Growth:
This dogs weight at birth is around 170 grams. At eight weeks it should weigh around one and a half kilograms or a little more. This breed normally grows very slowly but in a very even way. It reaches its full maturity at over the age of three years, however it reaches its full height at the age of one year. The future owner will need to make sure to get a puppy that looks healthy, is kind, and extroverted, avoid getting one that looks weak, fragile or one that is too big. The temperament of this dog is very important since if picked correctly this dog can turn into the perfect companion. During its coat change it will be necessary to brush its coat every day. This dog can sometimes be very stubborn so it is important to train and socialize it consistently as this will limit this type of behavior.

General health:
This dog is a very charming fellow that needs and requires a lot of time from its owner or owners, ranging from the amount of time dedicated to it as well as the care it requires. It seems that the more time its owner spends with it the longer its life span is. Although it looks like a lap dog, this breed is actually very active and highly enjoys going on walks and other types of exercise. Make sure to be careful to not let it become overweight as this could cause it to have back problems. The amount of care its coat requires is considerable, it needs to get its coat brushed for several hours a week to avoid it from becoming knotted and to avoid skin irritations. Ocular problems such as dry conjunctivitis and ulcers in the cornea can be caused by hair on its short nose that scratch its eyes. If this dog is only intended to be used as a companion dog, the owner has the option of getting its coat cut so as to reduce the amount of work its coat requires. Lately this breed has been more affected by hip dysphasia and it is a concern for breeders, as well as ocular problems; due to this it is necessary the owner gets the eyes checked. Progressive retina atrophy is also common. Renal problems and renal failure sometimes occurs, although this problem seems to be attached to determined lineages rather than in the whole breed.

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