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Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

Named after the sacred city of Lhasa, the breed originated in Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains. For years it was solely bred by holy men and nobles, such that it was considered a sacred and lucky dog – the belief of the people was that when the dog’s master died the master’s soul goes into the dog’s body. It was finally brought to the other parts of the world first as gifts from the Dalai Lama and later on the ruler of Tibet. This small but hardy dog weighs between 13 to 15 pounds and has a height of 10 to 11 inches. It has small, dark and deep-set eyes that are dark brown. The ears are pendant and heavily feathered. Its teeth meet in a level or can come in a slightly undershot bite. It has a well-feathered tail that is set high and carried over the back. Its coat is dense, straight and long covering the entire body and reaches down to the floor. It comes in a variety of colours including gold, cream, honey, slate, smoke, grizzle as well as multi-colours of black, white and brown.

The Lhasa Apso was originally bred to stand as watch dogs for the Tibet temples and monasteries. Nowadays they make for good household pets with their friendly and lively disposition. They are spirited and affectionate dogs, very devoted to their owners and family. The breed responds well to training and is known to be very obedient to its owner. It is a fairly healthy breed provided the coat is groomed properly and kept free of parasites. They can live a long life of 15 or more years.

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