Friday, August 5, 2011

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is an attractive, amazing, long-haired breed. This breed looks a lot like another dog we all know as the Shih Tzu. How do you tell the difference? Well, Lhasa Apsos are alightly larger than Shih Tzus are, and throughout history, the Lhasa Apso came before the Shih Tzu. In fact, when the Lhasa Apso is crossed with the Pekingese, you get a Shih Tzu.

This breed has a long double coat that protects it from harsh climates such as the ones in Tibet, where the breed originated. The Lhasa Apso has a short muzzle, but isn't brachycephalic. Brachycephalic breeds are dogs with nearly flat faces, such as Pekingese, English Bulldogs, Pugs, and French Bulldogs. The tail is carried over the back and is well feathered.

Lhasa Apsos can trace their origins back to Tibet. It was used to warn their owners of intruders if they could get past the Tibetan Mastiffs that were usually outside estates. They would only give a warning bark to alert their masters, though. The breed was even known as "Abso Seng Kyi", meaning "bark sentinel lion dog". Traders also used them for the same purpose, but to guard goods.

The breed is generally healthy, but can suffer some eye problems, but they are easy to take care of and less serious than other health issues. Kidney problems have also been found in the breed. They can be stubborn at times, so early training is the best way to go for this pooch. The breed is high maintenance when it comes to grooming. However, you can keep it in a puppy cut to make grooming more minimal, but you'll be spending lots of time grooming a Lhasa Apso if you're using one for show. Also brush it regularly to prevent matting and tangling in the coat. Also bathe it once every week or so. The Lhasa Apso may not be good in exteme heat. It may have a hard time breathing; the breed has a face flatter than most others. Always keep it in air conditioning in hot climates. Exercising the breed isn't too bad. A daily walk or romp in the yard will do. In fact, if you exercise it, he can be a good apartment dog. It can be good in families, but can be dominant with other pets about space at times.

In general, always remember that the Lhasa Apso is a great dog breed and that once you get a Lhasa Apso, you'll never regret doing it.

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