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The Lhasa Apso originated in the Himalayan Mountains. There, they functioned as guard dogs in the homes of Tibetan royalty and Buddhist monks, and were especially prevalent near the sacred city of Lhasa, from whence they get their name. Lhasa Apsos came to the United States in 1933, when they were given to us as a gift by the 13th Dalai Lama.
Because of their history of guarding temples, Lhasas can be suspicious of strangers. Properly socialized Lhasas are gentle and affectionate, and are appropriate choices for adults or families with children. Training is recommended for all dogs, but the Lhasa’s independent streak makes it particularly important in this breed. Lhasas come in many different colors, but one thing that is consistent is their long, flowing hair coats. Their luxurious coat requires daily brushing and frequent grooming.
Although they can be cautious around strangers, Lhasas are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Lhasas are prone to includes eye problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) and cataracts; skin conditions such as atopy; respiratory issues such as brachycephalic syndrome; skeletal diseases such as intervertebral disc disease; and knee problems such as patellar luxation.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of your pet as standard. Which means if your little temple guardian inherits more than just a suspicious attitude around strangers, you’re covered.