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Lhasa Apso

Although small in stature, the Lhasa Apso is a hardy dog, has a fine sense of hearing, and makes an excellent watchdog. While the name “Lhasa” probably refers to the capital of Tibet “apso” may mean “goat-like” - a reference to this breed’s long, coarse coat. The luxuriant coat is its most distinctive feature. Hair falls well over its eyes, and it has a prominent beard and moustache.

History of Lhasa Apso

This is the most recent of the Tibetan breeds to have reached Europe. The giving of a Lhasa Apso was a traditional gift of the Dalai Lama.

Remark

The Lhasa Apso’s long, cascading coat needs plenty of grooming.

Identification keys of Lhasa Apso

  • long parting from back of head
  • feathered ears
  • straight forelegs

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