Adopt a Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso Puppies
I'm always searching for unusual dog breeds. Today, I stopped by Petland Naperville, where they can have up to 100 (or more!) different breeds of puppies for sale. This gives me a great place to observe many different breeds of dogs in one setting. Today I played a Lhasa Apso. This is an adorable, fluffy puppy. I absolutely fell in love with this little fur-ball! I decided to speak with a Pet Counselor about this puppy, and she told me all about a Lhasa Apso.
Right off the bat, I learned that the Lhasa Apso is from Tibet. "Lhasa Apso" means long-haired Lhasa dog (the capital of Tibet is Lhasa!), and adults can grow their hair down to the ground. The Lhasa Apso comes from a cold climate, and to compensate for the weather, they grow a double coat. Usually, you only see the top coat, but if you feel the Lhasa's hair, you can feel the undercoat. Because of their long outer hairs, Lhasa Apsos need to be brushed a couple times a week in order to prevent matting. If you don't have the time or patience, you can choose to get a "puppy cut" for your Lhasa Apso.
The Lhasa Apso is a small dog, weighing 12-18 pounds, with males being on the heavier side. They are a very healthy breed, too, and usually live 14-16 years. They have been known, however, to live into their 20s. They are extremely social animals, and are very close to their owner. This is really a good family dog. They are generally easy to train, but can be a challenge to housebreak. They will "guard" their home by barking at strangers.
Lhasa Apso are gentle dogs, and are usually friendly. They make great family pets for this reason. The Pet Counselor at Petland Naperville told me, however, that because they can get very attached to their owners, they can get aggressive toward strangers if they are not properly socialized as puppies. They love to be lap dogs, and love to play. They are also great dogs to take for walks. Just remember that even with all the energy that this breed has, the Lhasa Apso is still a toy breed, and you have to take shorter walks so that you do not overly exert your dog.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Lhasa Apso puppy. I love the fact that it is very interactive and good with people. Its coat was soft and fluffy, and I love that the adult Lhasa Apsos look beautiful with their hair grown out or cute with a puppy cut. I recommend the Lhasa Apso to anyone with a family, and I'm sure you can find beautiful examples of this breed at Petland Naperville.