Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Lhasa Apso (Lhasa Terrier)
The Lhasa Apso breed (also called Lhasa Terrier) was developed over the last 2,000 years to guard Tibetan monasteries. Though still tending toward vigilance today, Lhasas are also quite friendly.
The Lhasa Apso's Behavior
Recommended for: pet
The Lhasa Apso dog breed, developed as a watchdog breed, today tends to have an acute sense of hearing and a deep bark. Though naturally guarded around strangers, Lhasa Apsos can be friendly, too.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Lhasa Apso's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Lhasa Apso breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: 10-11 inches
* Coat: heavy, straight, hard, very dense, long
* Color: any; ears and beard may have dark tips
* Eyes: dark
* Ears: hanging and heavily feathered
* Muzzle: medium-long
* Nose: black
* Tail: feathered, carried over back in a screw shape
The Lhasa Apso's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: Tibet
Original purpose: watchdog for monasteries
Name: also called Lhassa Terrier.
Historical notes: Lhassa Apsos have guarded Tibeten monasteries for 2,000 years. According to legend, the dogs are reincarnations of lions, and Golden Lhasas are reincarnations of the Dalai Lamas. The Lhassa Apso breed was introduced to the United States by the Dalai Lama, as a gift to C. Suydam Cutting, in the 1930s.