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Lhasa Apso

Breed origin: Tibet
Original purpose: Primarily as a household sentinel, guarding homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa.

AKC recognized: 1935
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 12 to 18 lbs
Size: Height: 10 to 11 inches
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Color: Any color with or without dark tips to ears and beard.

Life span: 15 to 18 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Lhasa Apso is gay, assertive, alert, independent, and loyal. They can be suspicious of strangers and make good watchdogs. Early socialization is a must.

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Good with children? Yes with older children.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Grooming requirement: They are considered a low-shedding breed. Frequent brushing required to prevent mats. Some owners keep them in a short "puppy cut" to make grooming easier.

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Recommended books for further reading:

The Lhasa Apso (An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet)
By Carolyn Herbel
Published in 1998
160 pages

Lhasa Apsos (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Stephen Wehrmann and Sharon Vanderlip
Published in 2002
96 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Lhaso Apsos
By Nancy Plunkett
Published in 1999
160 pages

Lhasa Apso
By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2004
96 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Lhasa Apso Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Lhasa Apso Club Rescue

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