Lhasa Apso Puppies for Sale in Scotland
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Charming and affectionate, the Lhasa Apso was once the chosen breed of Tibetan noble and holy men. The Lhasa Apso first came to the UK in the 1920’s, with the first breed club set up in 1933.
The Lhasa Apso’s kind, fun-loving nature now sees this popular dog as a firm favourite with families, couples and elderly people the world over.
If you’re looking for a Lhasa Apso puppy in Scotland, then this dog will make the perfect pet if you need a little homebody in your life! Loving and affectionate this little fellow will form a strong bond with his family. He’s perfect for cuddle-time and snooze-time on his owner’s lap, but he also loves to be able to watch out of a window to see what’s going on and makes a good little guard dog alerting his owners to any strangers approaching the home.
The Lhasa Apso was originally bred as a sentinel dog who guarded temples in Tibet and this inbred trait remains to this day. He is also a courageous little chap and sees himself more like a lion than a Lhasa Apso!
He can be a snooty wee fellow and suspicious of strangers until he sees that his family is welcoming them into their home.
The Lhasa Apso’s is an intelligent and trusted breed that is good with children, though as with any dog, interaction with children should always be supervised – the Lhasa Apso is a small dog and care needs to be taken to avoid boisterous play and rough handling.
Owners should be careful not to spoil the Lhasa Apso with his cutesy looks and comical ways, because he can be a bit stubborn and could become dominant with small dog syndrome if not kept in line.
Training and socialisation of the Lhasa Apso with as many pets and other human beings as possible at home and in the park should begin early to allow him to become a well-rounded, well mannered little dog.
He can be a bit of a sensitive soul and does not like to be around too much noise. He does love to be with his family at all times in the heart of the action and his very best, preferred kind of owner would be someone who spends most of their time at home.
Description of the Lhasa Apso
The Lhasa Apso is an attractive, compact little dog that boasts a double hair coat that can be worn long or short to owners’ preference. The name Lhasa Apso comes from ‘Lhasa’ being the capital city of Tibet and ‘Apso’ which means bearded, so the name actually means ‘long-haired Lhasa dog’!
The Lhasa Apso breed standard states that he should have dark brown eyes, but as deep and soulful as they can be, owners should keep a check on the dog’s eyes as the Lhasa Apso can be prone to eye conditions such as Cherry Eye and Keratoconjunctivitis. The Lhasa Apso should also have a black nose, a full beard and whiskers and feathered ears adding to his attractive appearance. He also has strong jaws and a reverse scissor bite, while his hindquarters are well developed and he has rather cat-like paws.
The texture of the Lhasa Apso’s coat is heavy, straight and very dense and if kept long takes a lot of care through brushing and combing, while his tail should be carried high over his back.
Acceptable Kennel Club breed standard colours for the Lhasa Apso coat include black white, golden, sandy dark grizzle, slate smoke, parti-colour shades.
Lhasa Apsos stand at a height of between 23cm-28cm and they weigh in at between 5-7kgs.
If you’re looking for a Lhasa Apso puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s worth knowing that this breed can live between 12-14 years but he will make for a charming little pet.
The Lhasa Apso is not such a high-energy dog, but he does needs at least a 30 minute-walk or two interesting twenty-minute walks per day. He has lots of stamina, likes to play and he’s a nosy little guy and likes to roam around a garden as often as possible.
Those considering buying a Lhasa Apso puppy in Scotland should know that grooming is an important to keep this little dog’s long haired coat and skin in peak condition. The Lhasa Apso has a beautiful long double coat – the top coat feels a bit like human hair with lots of separate strands. He also has a soft fine under coat that lays flat on his body and blends into the top coat.
Some owners will allow the Lhasa Apso’s hair to grow long and sleek down to the ground in the traditional style and put the hair that grows over the eyes into a ponytail. Hair like this will need to be groomed for around 30 minutes every day! Others may prefer to have their Lhasa Apso professionally groomed every couple of months to keep him short and easier to clean.
The Lhasa Apso will need groomed regularly – more so to clean any dirt and debris from the coat rather than excess hair – he is not a profuse shedder like other breeds and his coat will actually shed a lot more slowly, a bit like human hair. It’s for this reason that the Lhasa Apso also makes a good dog for allergy suffers as this form of shedding also produces less dander and allergens.
The Lhasa Apso also needs to have the inside of his ears trimmed regularly and get used to having his heavily feathered paws trimmed too.
The Lhasa Apso isn’t a known fussy eater and he’s best kept on two meals per day. Owners need to keep an eye on this little dog’s weight as Lhasa Apsos can develop back problems if the carry too much weight in later years. Owners should also be mindful that treats should make up only 20% of their dog’s diet. Like all dogs, drinking water should always be available to the Lhasa Apso.
Cost of Keeping a Lhasa Apso
Those looking for a Lhasa Apso puppy in Scotland, should know that the average price to buy a one ranges between £250 to £700 for a well-bred dog!
Owners should always do breeder research before entering into a contract to buy a puppy and always ask to see the puppy with its mother and in its place of birth.
It will costs on average between £60 to £90 per month to keep a Lhasa Apso in your life. This is inclusive of food, pet insurance, grooming, vaccinations and neutering.