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The Bearded Lion Dog - Lhasa Apso

The History of Lhasa Apso
 
Originating in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed. While Lhasa is a sacred city of Tibet, Apso means “longhaired dog.”
 
The breed served as an indoor guard dog at palaces and Buddhist monasteries that were isolated high in the Himalayan Mountains. Lhasas have been associated with the Dalai Lama for centuries. These dogs were bred and given as gifts by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in the late 1940s, helping in establishing the breed in America. The mythical Snow Lion - the country’s protector, and Lhasas, the “bearded lion dogs,” are the Snow Lion’s representatives of the earth in Tibetan folklore.
 
Apso Seng Kye, the “Bark Lion Sentinel Dog” was the original name of the Lhasa. Suydam Cutting, a world traveler, and a naturalist is singularly responsible for the establishment and reputation of Lhasa in America.
 
They are confident, smart, and are a breed for motivated and creative people who enjoy a canine companion of like mind. Some Lhasas are certified as therapy dogs working in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and colleges.
 
 
Ideal Characteristics
 
Height
Males: 10 to 11 in 
Females: Around 10 in
 
Weight
5.5 to 8 kgs
 
Life Span
12-15 Years
 
Fur Coat
Low shedders with Long Coat
 
Temperament
Confident, Smart, Comical
 
Energy Levels
Moderate
 
Dietary Needs
Small Breed Formula diet

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