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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
Weight: 12 to 18 lbs
Size: Height: 10 to 11 inches
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Any color with or without dark tips to ears and beard.
15 to 18 years.
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.
Good with children?
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Yes with older children.
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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:
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By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2004
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
American Lhasa Apso Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Lhasa Apso Club Rescue
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018