Lhasa Apso Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
A beautiful little dog – only 10″ at most – the Lhasa Apso is a dog who needs considerable attention to his coat if he is to look his best. His background is very exotic; at one time known as the Tibetan Apso he is an ancient breed, a native of Tibet, he was originally kept in the Tibetan monasteries and would give warning if intruders managed to evade the Tibetan Mastiffs tethered outside. He was also kept by wealthy traders and was believed to be a bringer of good fortune and was never sold but always a gift.
The Lhasa Apso was first seen in Britain in the 1920s – though some say that Lhasas had been imported in the middle of the 19th century – and made their first appearance in the showring shortly after. They were recognised by The Kennel Club in 1933, the same year the first Breed Club was established.
Although quite small, the Lhasa Apso is, nonetheless a sturdy little dog, weighing up to 8.5kg, which is quite a lot packed into 10″. His top coat is straight and hard and in golden colours, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown – all of which colours are equally acceptable. He is a happy dog, though can be quite bossy and stubborn with a natural distrust of strangers though to his friends he is very affectionate. Content as a housedog he is perfectly ready to take long walks with his family.
Not a dog who is indiscriminate in his affections, and one who needs a fair amount of coat care, if he suits your circumstances he is a very attractive and cheerful head-turner.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.