Lhasa Apso (AKC, UKC)
The Lhasa Apso has been based in Tibetan monasteries as an indoor sentinel for more than 2,000 years. Very wary of strangers, his job was to raise the alarm if any intruders managed to slip past the watchful eye of the Tibetan Mastiff on guard outside.
He was well equipped for the job of special indoors guardian being extremely intelligent, blessed with acute hearing, plus a finely tuned instinct for differentiating between friend and foe.
These qualities are still very evident today, for he has never lost his keen watchfulness and hardy nature. Independent, strong-willed and assertive, with a gay forceful personality, the Lhasa is a real little character.
He constantly gives the impression that inside his small frame is a big dog trying to get out.
He is very alert and lively. He needs a good deal of exercise, which he usually manages to get via the endless games he will play with anything or anyone.
He also requires considerable grooming to maintain his luxuriant coat in good order. He is more suitable for adult homes or those with older children.