Lhasa ApsoCare

The full-length coat needs daily maintenance; shorter clips require less work.

Bred as indoor watchdogs for hundreds of years, Lhasas can be suspicious of strangers, so early socialization is critical. They thrive living with adults or families with older children, and enjoy regular walks. A long-coated breed, they also require frequent grooming. Many pet owners enjoy keeping their Lhasa in the shorter "puppy cut."

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Lhasa Apso is a small breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 14 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

Many pet owners enjoy keeping their Lhasa in the shorter "puppy cut." The breed's coat requires regular weekly grooming with a brush and comb as well as the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Long
grooming Weekly Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

While Lhasas can be trained successfully in obedience, the breed is not a naturally obedient one. The Lhasa resists harsh or strict discipline, responding best to positive reinforcement training. Most Lhasas will do just about anything for treats. Because they are smart, they are easily bored with rote obedience work. Training sessions should be kept short and exercises varied to maintain the Lhasa’s attention. Many Lhasas prefer the challenges of agility training to the routine of obedience training. Having keen intelligence and reasoning ability, Lhasas can be somewhat manipulative. Therefore, consistency is a crucial element in their training. If a Lhasa owner does not establish him/herself as the “leader of the pack,” then without a doubt, the Lhasa will assume that role! Bred as indoor watchdogs for hundreds of years, Lhasas can be suspicious of strangers, so early socialization is critical. They thrive living with adults or families with older children, and enjoy regular walks.

energy level Some Exercise

Lhasa Apso &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like KCS (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca or “dry eye”), cherry eye, luxating patellas, renal dysplasia, and allergies. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Lhasa Apsos are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Lhasa Apso can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.