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Lhasa Apso breed profile

Training and intelligence
Lhasa Apsos can be slow to housebreak. This is a breed that will not take at all kindly to being bullied. The trainer must be firm and consistent, and not overindulge the dog. They can have a tendency to be stubborn, and reward based training used with patience will get the best from this dog.

Temperament
One of the best words to describe a Lhasa Apso is regal. They are also calm and loyal, although they can be strong willed. Don't be misled by the cute exterior - this dog is a lion on the inside!

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
The Lhasa Apso is naturally suspicious of strangers, and so needs thorough socialisation. They have very good watch dog instincts, but care must be taken that this doesn't carry over into ianpropriate guarding behaviour.

Grooming and shedding
If you have the long coat clipped for ease of maintenance it will then need regular clipping. If you leave the coat long, it will need lots of grooming. The Lhasa Apso benfits from regular bathing too.

Exercise
Lhasa Apsos do not need exessive amounts of exercise, although a regular opportunity to use up some energy will keep him happy.

Need for company
Lhasa Apsos really don't enjoy being left alone.

General
Don't make the mistake of allowing this gorgeous looking dog to do as he pleases. If you put the effort into persuading him to behave as you find acceptable, the Lhasa Apso can be a great companion.

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