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11 Interesting Facts About the Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

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Have you ever heard of the Lhasa Apso dog breed? If not, you’re in for a treat, because these dogs are absolutely adorable. They’re also quite interesting, as evidenced by the following 11 facts. Keep reading to learn more about this intriguing breed!

1) The Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed of dog that originated in Tibet. The history of the Lhasa Apso can be traced to as far back as 800 B.C.

2) Many people are surprised to learn that the Lhasa Apso was named for the capital of Tibet, but the breed does not hail from this city. In fact, it was first bred not in Lhasa at all, but in the mountains surrounding the capital. Some experts believe the word “apso” comes from Tibetan word for goat, “rapso”, due to the rather goat-like-wolly fur on the dog.

3) The Lhasa Apso also goes by it’s Tibetan name “‘Abso Seng Kye”, which roughly translates to Bark Lion Sentinel Dog-because they were used to guard the inside of Tibetan structures.

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4)  According to the AKC, there are 13 recognized colors of Lhasa Apso, with 7 colors of markings. Because of this, they are sometimes called the jellybean dog!

5) Tibetan Buddhists believe the Lhasa Apso is the reincarnation of priests before they are reborn in human form.

6) The Lhasa Apso has paws that are rounder and more compact than regular dog feet. They also have a short third bone and their toes are slightly arched-similar to a cats paw. Other breeds, such as the Giant Schnauzer, Leonberger and Wirehaired Viszla also have feet that are described as “cat feet”.

7) The Lhasa Apso is a very low-shedding dog breed. They have a double coat that consists of a rough outer coat and a soft undercoat, which regulates their body temperature throughout the year.

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8) The Lhasa Apso were bred as guard dogs and are known the be aloof, stubborn and rather independent. While they may make good watch dogs, they can be difficult to train!

9) Lhasas came to the United States as gifts from the Dalai Lama. The Lhasa Apso was not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1935. However, this breed was being written about in books as early as the early 1900s, and was already quite popular in England by that time.

10) The Lhasa Apso is one of the oldest breeds of dogs known. The ancient breed has been used for centuries as a watchdog in Tibet. Because it can distinctly hear sounds that humans cannot detect, this breed is often kept to safeguard temples and monasteries.

11) The Lhasa Apso generally live extremely long lives. Their lifespain is said to be 12-15 years, buy many live into their late teens and early 20’s. The oldeset known Lhasa was 29 years old.

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