The dogs were never sold but presented as gifts. It was as a gift from the Dalai Lama
that the Lhasa Apso first came to North America. The Lhasa is believed to bring good luck
which may explain his popularity.
The heavily-coated Lhasa Apso stands no more
than 11 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. His coat is long, straight, dense, and hard, and
completely covers him. Daily grooming is necessary to prevent tangles and matting in the thick
undercoat. The coat comes in all colours although the golden shades are the most common. The
Lhasa carries his tail curled proudly up over his back.
An alert, watchful, and suspicious little dog, the Lhasa
continues today the work for which he was bred over 2,000 years ago - to alert his masters to
intruders. He is loyal, gentle, and loving with his family. With a happy and assertive nature,
he makes a good companion for children as he enjoys playing. His small size makes him suitable
for the smallest accommodation. Having a Lhasa involves a serious
commitment as the little dog typically lives 15 to 18 years.
Although he is a quick learner, the Lhasa can be
so his owner will need to exercise patience during training. He
requires a short amount of daily exercise to keep him in shape.