Double coat - a heavy, straight, hard and dense outercoat and a moderate undercoat.
All colors including: golden, sandy, honey, grizzle, slate, smoke, particolor, black, white and brown.
Today's Lhasa Apso is true to his long and distinguished past of serving as a spirited and highly regarded companion. In his heart, he believes that he is the special one in the household, the one to whom others should respect and even defer. He is friendly and assertive, with a unique ability to distinguish friend from foe and to let those he loves know when someone is bothering him. Properly socialized, he can make a wonderful companion and an affectionate and self-possessed ruler of the roost.
Because of their smaller size and the fact that they don't need a great deal of exercise, Lhasas make great apartment dogs. They can be rambunctious inside the home. Their independent nature means that they can be left alone for short periods without resorting to destructive behavior. They make good sentinels at home - with their watchdog instincts and excellent hearing, Lhasas will bark at the approach of strangers. A fenced-in yard is always appreciated by fun-loving Lhasas who enjoy the space for some clowning around.
The Lhasa Apso likes to play games inside and outside the home, including fetch and performing tricks. Showing, canine freestyle and rally can also be fun activities to do with a Lhasa.
The Lhasa is small but not too small and will gladly accompany his family on regular outings - even extended walks. He is playful and commanding indoors and will exercise himself following people around and insisting on being part of the action.
When it comes to feeding a Lhasa Apso, it's helpful to remember that he was once an extremely pampered pet. This attitude often carries over to the dog bowl, and it can be challenging to satisfy a Lhasa with food that's best for him. Feed small amounts of a high-quality, age-appropriate food, and if you must, supplement with very small amounts of things that are good for him, like steamed brown rice or lean meats that have been thoroughly cooked.
Lhasas are used to being spoiled - they have been for many centuries! This doesn't mean that they won't do what you ask, but they are inclined to do things when they are ready, not necessarily when you are. Fortunately, they are devoted companions, and when trained with rewards that motivate them, they are quick and able learners. Housetraining may take some extra time and patience. Socialization is critical for this breed.
Lhasas are wary of strangers and aren't always tolerant of children who are too rough around them. Lhasas can be somewhat territorial with other dogs and pets.
The average life span of the long-lived Lhasa Apso is up to 18 years - and sometimes longer. Breed health concerns are relatively few: an undershot jaw is typical because the Lhasa is a brachycephalic breed, and they can suffer from eye problems.
Lhasa Apsos who compete in the show ring need daily attention to their coats to keep them dirt- and matte-free. People who don't show their Lhasas typically keep the coat clipped for ease of grooming. All Lhasas should be brushed regularly to keep the fur from tangling. Extra care should be taken to keep the area around the eyes clean, as Lhasas tend to tear.
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