Welcome to our guide to the Lhasa Apso.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Lhasa Apso breed of dog.
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Why Choose a Lhasa Apso?
What type of owners buy a Lhasa Apso?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Lhasa Apso breed?
Why do you think the Lhasa Apso is special?
What are your favourite things about the Lhasa Apso?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Lhasa Apso and not another breed?
How would you describe the Lhasa Apso temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Lhasa Apso over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Lhasa Apso?
About The Breed
What colors of Lhasa Apso are most popular?
What does the Lhasa Apso look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Lhasa Apso breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Lhasa Apso and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Lhasa Apso have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Lhasa Apso?
What is the breed standard/description for the Lhasa Apso?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Lhasa Apso that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Lhasa Apso breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Lhasa Apso?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Lhasa Apso breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Lhasa Apso match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Lhasa Apso – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Lhasa Apso puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Lhasa Apso home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Lhasa Apso, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Lhasa Apso weigh?
When the Lhasa Apso is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Lhasa Apso ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Lhasa Apso smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Lhasa Apso growth chart?
What breed group does the Lhasa Apso come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Lhasa Apso is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Lhasa Apso with children?
Do you think the Lhasa Apso is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Lhasa Apso get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Lhasa Apso owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Lhasa Apso or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Lhasa Apso be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Lhasa Apso during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Lhasa Apso?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Lhasa Apso breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Lhasa Apso puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Lhasa Apso?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Lhasa Apso cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Lhasa Apso and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Lhasa Apso owners?
What types of people are buying the Lhasa Apso and why?
Where can I buy Lhasa Apso rescue dogs or find a Lhasa Apso for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Lhasa Apso can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Lhasa Apso puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Lhasa Apso?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Lhasa Apso?
As a Lhasa Apso breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Lhasa Apso?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Lhasa Apso’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Lhasa Apso puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Lhasa Apso have popular names?
If my Lhasa Apso is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Lhasa Apso be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Lhasa Apso biting?
How do you prevent a Lhasa Apso chewing?
How do you stop a Lhasa Apso jumping up?
Does the Lhasa Apso have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Lhasa Apso keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Lhasa Apso dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Lhasa Apso and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Lhasa Apso owners?
As a breeder of the Lhasa Apso , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Lhasa Apso breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Lhasa Apso owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Lhasa Apso?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Lhasa Apso compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Lhasa Apso owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Lhasa Apso?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Lhasa Apso shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Lhasa Apso a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Lhasa Apso?
Can you offer new Lhasa Apso owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Lhasa Apso?
What started your interest in showing the Lhasa Apso?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Lhasa Apso – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Lhasa Apso and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Lhasa Apso?
What official organisations are there for the new Lhasa Apso owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Lhasa Apso, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remains the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Lhasa Apso out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Lhasa Apso special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Lhasa Apso and do you have any tips or advice for new Lhasa Apso owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Lhasa Apso home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Lhasa Apso to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Lhasa Apso sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Lhasa Apso owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Lhasa Apso?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Lhasa Apso have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Lhasa Apso have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Lhasa Apso vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Lhasa Apso for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Lhasa Apso be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Lhasa Apso spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Lhasa Apso is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Lhasa Apso not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Lhasa Apso?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Lhasa Apso dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Lhasa Apso?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Lhasa Apso?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Lhasa Apso – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Lhasa Apso dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Lhasa Apso or tips you can pass on?
Here is an interesting video on the Lhasa Apso.