The Majestic Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

Lhasa apso is a majestic and sensitive breed. Don’t let their short stature fool you; the Lhasa apso dog breed was initially bred as a watchdog. Over the centuries, Lhasa apsos have become beloved companions for many dog owners. Playful yet willful, a Lhasa apso can keep its humans on their toes.

Do Lhasa Apsos Bark a Lot?

A few factors determine lhasa apso temperament and personality: genetics, training, environment, breed traits, and overall health. So even breeds like the Lhasa apso, which is not traditionally a “barky” breed, bark for a variety of reasons — boredom, loneliness, and attention.

The Lhasa is quite a mix of personalities. They are strong, independent, happy, mischievous, and content spending time with their family. However, the Lhasa apsos’ natural tendency is to be wary of strangers, thanks to their astute senses and sharp observational skills. Your dog’s instinct is to bark to communicate (much like you use your voice to communicate), so it’s up to you to teach them when to stop.

How to stop Lhasa apsos from barking?

Because the Lhasa Apso is inherently a watchdog, it’s genetically designed to be on watch at all times. Think these little guys won’t take on a big dog? They can and will. If your pet has the opportunity to look out the door or window throughout the day, it might bark at everything from people to animals, vehicles, and the wind. Shutting the door and closing curtains can mask visual triggers. If your dog continues to alarm bark, regardless of your masking attempts, a combination of an ultrasonic training device and vocal commands like “quiet” can address this issue. 

In comparison to other breeds, the Lhasa apso is slow to mature. That’s right, your pet may remain somewhat puppyish well into adulthood. This long period of maturation could influence your dog’s barking habits. Early socialization and obedience training can prove beneficial, as can patience and consistency in your training. Establish yourself as top dog early on, as Lhasa apsos will quickly take over the role, leaving you with a stubborn bossy barker. 

Last, but certainly not least, exercise your Lhasa apso. You may find a walk two to three times a day can wear him out just enough to reduce any excessive barking. Remember, never yell or strike your dog in response to his barking. It’s his way of communicating with you and other humans and animals. Any punishment or harsh correction can lead to an increase in his barking and the development of other negative behaviors, like biting, which is a whole other issue. 

Facts About Lhasa Apsos

The aristocratic Tibetian breed Lhasa apso is known for its luscious floor-length locks (although some owners keep their apso’s hair short). These little beauties have been around for 1,000 plus years and continue to be a popular pet for families of all sizes. This breed is confident, elegant, very smart, and can be comedic. Don’t expect a Lhasa apso to be a couch potato. They are adept at self-exercise (aka zoomies) and can entertain themselves outside (in a fenced yard, please).

Size: Lhasa apsos range from 10 to 11 inches in height (slightly smaller for females) and 12-18 pounds.

Life expectancy: Lhasa apsos tend to live 12-15 years.

Coat: Lhasa apsos have a smooth, flat, floor-length coat that comes in various color combinations.

AKC group: Lhasa apsos belong to the non-sporting group.

Are Lhasa Apsos Easy to Train?

Lhasa apsos are very intelligent and eager to please. However, it’s crucial you make training sessions interesting because Lhasa apsos don’t take kindly to repetitive drills and may become stubborn. Reward-based positive reinforcement with praise and training treats is a must with this breed. Consistency, time, and patience are also essential elements for successful Lhasa apsos dog training. This breed is known to excel at scent work, herding, agility and is used as therapy dogs in many settings, including nursing homes and hospitals.

Does the Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Need Grooming?

You have a couple of options with the Lhasa apso coat; you can choose to keep it long or short, sometimes referred to as a “puppy cut.” While the preference is yours, both require routine grooming. Short cuts should be regularly brushed (two to three times a week) and bathed. Long hair Lhasa apsos, on the other hand, require daily brushing to remove debris, mats, and tangles. You should bathe long hair Lhasa apso at least every two weeks. Be sure to trim the hair on your pet’s feet, including under the paw and between the pads, weekly. Make sure hair is completely dry before brushing, as damp hair will mat if brushed.

What If My Breed Is a Lhasa Apso Mix?

The charismatic Lhasa apso is a popular breed for mixes. Depending on the combination, you can find Lhasa apso mixes in all shapes and sizes (and temperaments). Although deemed a robust, healthy dog, Lhasa apsos have a hereditary health issue known as renal dysplasia, or kidney dysfunction, which can be fatal. Unfortunately, there’s no reliable test to detect a carrier. Look for an experienced breeder with knowledge of this condition who has taken steps to eliminate affected dogs from their breeding program.

Here are some popular Lhasa apso mixes:

  • Chi Apso — Lhasa apso + Chihuahua
  • Dachsi Apso — Lhasa apso + dachshund
  • La Chon — Lhasa apso + bichon frise
  • La Pom — Lhasa apso+ Pomeranian
  • Lhasa Poo — Lhasa apso + poodle
  • Lhasa-Corgi — Lhasa apso + Welsh corgi
  • Lhasalier — Lhasa apso + Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Lhasanese — Lhasa apso + Pekingese
  • Lhatese — Lhasa apso + Maltese
  • Schapso — Lhasa apso + miniature schnauzer 
  • Shih Apso — Lhasa apso + shih tzu
  • Yorkie-Apso — Lhasa apso + Yorkshire terrier 

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