This is a breed that originates from Tibet.
Lhasa apso is small, active, fearless dog with compact body, witch is longer than high. It is very selfconfident and bright. It is
dedicated to it's family, independent but never roving. For them it is very tipical distrust to the unknown people and even more to
uknown dogs. Lhasa apsos are mostly dogs with strong caracter, bright and ready to work, but not unconditionally obey. Lhasa
apso are best for indoor living, because outdoors in dog house they became unsustainable. More than long walks this breed
needs constant contact with people. Lhasa apsos live long healthy lifes and they mostly stay very lively till the old age of 15 or 16 years.
Head is medium sized and proudly caried. Scull is just slightly arched and litlle bit longer then muzzle witch must be strong and
straight. Nose is black.
Eyes are dark brown, oval, bright and overt. Droppyng ears are coverd with long coat. Tipical bite on Lhasa apso is reverse scissor bite. Scissor bite is not tipical!
Front legs are staight and strong in bones. Chest is medium strong, topline straight. Back legs are slightly angulated and strong. For lhasas strong cat-like paws are tipical.
Tail is highly set, very rich in coat and carried well over back
Mouving is excelent, harmonyous, with not so strong drive.
There are two tipical coats. Upper coat is long and straight or almoast straight, on feeling like goats. Uder coat is thin and
wooly, not to full. In their first home - Tibet - the falling out under coat is placed on upper coat, is "maded" so that protects dog
from sun, cold and bead weather. Tibets sometimes cut their dogs coat and use it for makeing their own cloats out of it. All
colores and combinations are alowed exept chocolate. Most common is golden-brown with black tips of a coat. Lhasa apsos
weight from 5 to 9 kg and they are arownd 25 cm high.
When feeding lhasa apso we must know special thing about Tibetan breeds. They musn't get to much meat in their food, so it is
very good to feed them with less then half of meat on a meal (if we cook) or we choose readly food that contains less proteins.
We musn't forget on the fats, that all (espec. long coated breeds) need.
Grooming lhasa apsos coat is very important and it starts with puppy. They must be used of grooming every day. Later, when the
dog has a long coat, grooming is not easy if he is not used to it. Coat of adoult lhasa need regulary brushing with brush of natural
bristles, and not only on top, but by the layers to skin. We must remove all the dead coat, so it not gets meaded. The comb (rare)
is used only at the end of brushing, for chek, if there are any maded places. Sometimes is good to give them a bath with good
dog or baby shampoo. While giving him a bath, the coat musn't be rubbed - it would be maded in second. Lhasa apso can be
interesting long coated family dog, but it can also be a show dog - for those, who don't mind carring his long coat in perfect condition.