The Lhasa Apso come from the mountains of Tibet. The breed was named after the sacred city of Lhasa, where they watched over the palaces and monasteries. Recent DNA analysis suggests that the Lhasa Apso is one of the most ancient dog breeds. They are an intelligent, joyful and mischievous family companion. Most Lhasa Apsos weigh between to 12-15 pounds- though are small enough to be considered a lap dog, it is said that they view themselves as very large dogs, even lions. They are not fearful, and they like to study people and situations carefully before accepting them.
Common Health Conditions
- Bone, joint, and several different musculoskeletal problems have been reported in Lhasa Apsos.
- Liver disease can happen as a result of aging, genetics, or infection. Some diseases and medications can hurt your dog's liver. The liver is vital to your Lhasa Apso’s health. When functioning properly, it regulates blood sugar and filters toxic substances.
- Lhasa Apsos may sneeze and wheeze during certain times of the year due to pollen or ragweed. This can lead to symptoms of airborne allergies such as itchy watery eyes, rubbing of face and eyes, itchy ears, nasal discharge, and sneezing.