The Lhasa Apso is one of the oldest dog breeds worldwide. It is also called the "Liondog" or "Lhasa Terrier".
It is a very popular dog, but not just because of its size. Allergy sufferer will not have any problems with their hair, because they are not loosing its fur. Also this breed is well-liked as a therapy dog, especially for children with autism or anxiety states.
According to the FCI it is a companion and toy dog, section 5, Tibetan breeds. It is closely related to the Shih Tzu and because of its look, it is a very popular dog for showings.
Origins of Breed
The Lhasa Apso got bred by the Vajrayanas in the monasteries of Tibet. It had the message of the "ambassador for peace and luck. They were holy dogs, because they protected the treasures of Buddha. Because of their look and their long hair, they were also called the "Liondogs". But their real name, Lhasa Apso, was a assembly of the Tibetan capital "Lhasa" and the word "Apso", which means long-haired, shaggy mointain goat.
In 1901 the first Lhasa Apsos came to Great Britain. In 1934 a breed standard got introduced. But in other European states, this dog breed came very late. For example in Germany. The first Lhasa Apsos came around 1970.
The Lhasa Apso is about 25...Read more about the Lhasa Apso description of breed...
Still no breeds are associated with this breed!