LHASA APSO DOG

Seeking ornamental affection to adorn its monastery: seek no more. Making a monk happy is no easy task: the Lhasa Apso in its thousands of years in existence it has made a million of lives happy. 
 
The Lhasa Apso with its long hair is a small dog that stands at 25 cm, the female somewhat shorter. The coat is profuse, straight and strong, long haired, especially at the head, ears, feet and tail. Medium under-coat. The color can be varied, as golden, sandy, honey, dark grey, chalkboard, smoke, particolor, black, white and brown; the ears and beard often black tips. The muzzle is medium length, and should not be square; the skull is narrow, not smooth or rounded; the forehead straight and quite lengthy; the nose black; the eyes medium sized and not prominent; the ears dropping. The neck long and well arched; straight forelegs; well angled and parallel hindquarters; the body is balanced and compact; the body balanced and compact, the length form the hindquarters to the shoulders is higher than the withers. The tail is carried curled well over the back (not in a straight angle), often folded at the tip.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR                
Prepared for the big day, the Lhasa Apso is a show dog by excellence. Due to the hair length, the “curls” keep the dog protected and provide it more liberty to move around the house
 
It shouldn’t be confused with a lapdog; the Lhasa Apso is a robust dog, medium sized, which shines for its beauty and intelligence. Its elegance has made it gain favors, and it is confident and independent. Pampering it and thinking it is portable, are the most common mistakes for behavior problems. Begin education early, and it will soon become a perfect house companion, who loves to play with children.
 
In all its hair, the Lhasa Apso’s adult coat reaches the ground (even when standing). 
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The Lhasa Apso puppy barely resembles its parents. Its hair is soft and plush, and its color is darker. 
The Lhasa weighs about 170 g at birth. The dewclaws are removed after a few days. After eight weeks, the Lhasa should weigh about 1.75 kg. This breed usually grows gradually and leveled, reaching complete maturity over the third year, although it reaches its maximum height after a year. The buyer should choose a healthy looking, kind and extrovert appearance, not fragile or too large. The temper is extremely important, since the Lhasa is the number one partner. During this hair change it should be brushed a lot more each day. The Lhasa Apso can sometimes be very stubborn, and consistent socialization and education can limit this tendency.
 
HEALTH
The Lhasa Apso should seem longer than tall and the tail should be carried over the back in a curl. Check that the puppy breathes easily.
Gain your Lhasa’s trust from the beginning. Reserved with strangers by nature, the Lhasa is respectful and obedient with its own; its devotion is revealed immediately, shown by its waiting tongue and wagging tail.
 
The Lhasa is a charming partner that needs plenty of time from its owner, in terms of company as well as care. There seems to be a positive correlation between the time devoted to its owners and longevity. Despite its couch dog appearance, the Lhasa is an active breed, and loves regular walks and other types of exercise. It is important to avoid obesity, since excess weight can cause back problems. Hair care is considerable, with several hours of brushing per week to keep the coat free of knotting and avoid the apparition of skin rashes. Eye problems, such as dry keratoconjunctivitis and corneal ulcers, can be the result of hairs on the brachycephalic muzzle that scratch the eye. The company specimen can be kept with short hair to reduce the work. Breeders are currently worried about hip dysplasia, which is having more incidence in the last years, as well as eye problems, for which every breeder should be checked – distichiasis and progressive retinal atrophy are common -. Kidney problems, even kidney failures, occur, although they seem more linked to determined breeding lines than generalized in the breed.