Lhasa Apso Grooming

Lhasa Apso Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 6 – 8kg (14 – 18lbs).
Female – 5 – 7kg (12 – 15lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 25 – 28cm (10 – 11in).
Female – 23 – 25cm (9 – 10in).

Coat:
Double coat – straight dense outer coat and dense undercoat.

Average Life Span:
15 – 18 years.

Average Litter Size:
 4 – 6 puppies.

Lhasa Apso Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.

These loving pets are known for their abundance of hair which can make Lhasa Apso grooming a chore. This does depend on the amount of time you spend on it though – 10 minutes each day will mean it is quite easy and will look great, but it can be a problem if you leave it for two weeks.  However, once you have completed the task your dog will look fantastic. To keep the coat in the best condition possible, feeding a good quality food will help nourish it from the inside, something many owners do not realise. While many owners of Lhasa Apsos tend to pick the "puppy cut” for their dogs, a lot of grooming is required whatever Lhasa Apso grooming styles fit your lifestyle.

In order to have a good Lhasa Apso grooming experience, make sure you introduce a grooming routine when they are puppies. Whatever style you choose for your dog’s coat, it will require brushing on a daily basis. For those who don’t intend to show their dog, it is recommended that you clip your Lhasa Apsos coat short as it is much easier to manage. When brushing the coat, use something like a pin brush or Doggyman slicker which will move through the coat with ease, while removing mats and tangles, as well as any loose hairs. This step of the Lhasa Apso grooming process is absolutely vital.

As part of your Lhasa Apso grooming, you should bathe your dog every week when in full coat, using a specific dog shampoo, which will make the coat much more manageable, followed by a conditioner. You should remember to brush the coat before bathing as the water will make any tangles much more difficult to remove. After bathing you should gently pat the coat dry and then use a hand dryer on a gentle setting to ensure the coat is completely dry. Go through the coat with a combination comb to complete the look.  After grooming, it is advisable that show dogs have their top knot put in place using Cotton Bands so that your Lhasa Apso grooming is complete.


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