The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who entered. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and apso is a word in the Tibetan language meaning “bearded”. So, Lhasa Apso simply means “long-haired Lhasa dog”. The Lhasa Apso originated in the area of Tibet over 4,000 years ago as a small breed of mountain wolf.
Lhasa Apsos are alert with a keen sense of hearing. The ideal Lhasa temperament is to be wary of strangers while being loyal to those closest to them. They can be very aggressive to strangers if they’re left untrained. Lhasa Apsos often show happiness by rubbing their head on their owners, running and rolling around, or sitting on their owner’s feet. A Lhasa Apso responds to exercise and discipline with a calm assertive energy. They require patience and may be slow to house train, but in return, they can be quite comical, entertaining and caring companions.
Between 25 and 28 cm / between 6 and 7 kg .
Heavy, straight, hard, neither woolly nor silky, and very dense.
Variety of colors including black, white, red and gold with various shadings.
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)