So you have decided you want to buy a Lhasa apso?

Welcome to starting a whole new life with a wonderful little friend who can be everything and more you ever wished for, providing you do a little homework!

Ok so lets start thinking about where to start looking.

The big Nos are pet shops and multi breed kennels, dont go looking on the sites that sell every breed, people who advertise on these sites arent particularly worried where their puppies are going to end up! and youll probably end up with a puppy thats been born in a shed on a farm!

My best advice to you is firstly to contact the secretary of your local breed club, this is easy enough to find out either from the list on my links page or the kennel club, the secretaries of these clubs generally know of any litters available which have been bred by their members who have agreed to abide by the clubs code of ethics as decided by the breed council, you will find these secretaries incredibly helpful so please take the time to contact them.

The internet can also be a good place to start looking but dont be taken in by what you see, some fabulous websites can be a great front for some dreadful breeding.

Be prepared to pay a reasonable price for a well bred and reared puppy, there are no bargains to be had, its far better to pay an extra £100 and buy the best, than save your money and end up with a dog thats tall long and hardly resembles a Lhasa, and which may have been badly bred and reared and comes with all sorts of problems which may end up costing you thousand of pounds in vet bills!

Once you have contacted a breeder, ask questions, lots of them! and be prepared for the breeder to ask you lots of questions, this is the sign of a caring breeder who wants to know that their puppy is going to a responsible home, and is not just in it for the money! because believe me if a litter is reared correctly you will be lucky to break even!

If you like what you hear then make arrangements to go see the breeder and meet the dogs, what are the temperaments like? if they are nervous or shy then say thank you and walk away! the puppies will be no better!

What condition are their dogs in? are they clean, healthy looking and friendly? if so great you are doing well.

Be prepared to wait and if necessary put your name down with a breeder for a puppy, but if you decide to go elsewhere then please have the decency to just contact them and say thank you but we have found a puppy, then  someone else on the list can be moved up.

Most good breeders have a waiting list, but dont expect to walk in and take pick of the litter, someone who is breeding for the right reasons will have bred this litter to carry on their line and keep something themselves so they are not going to part with the puppy that they consider the best, but remember its better to take 3rd pick of a good litter than 1st pick of a bad litter!

When you go to see a litter ALWAYS ask to see mum, she may not be in the very best of coat but theres no excuse for her being dirty and smelly and covered in knots, she should have a nice outgoing temperament  and not be nervous or snappy.

If the father to the litter is there then ask to see him too, and any other relatives they may have, this will give you a wider indication as to what to expect when the puppies are grown.

The puppies themselves should be fat and shiny, with clean eyes ears noses and backsides, there is no excuse for dirty smelly thin puppies running with fleas, if you see that then get out quick! dont feel sorry for them because for every one you buy they will breed another 10 more!

What age to collect your puppy is another consideration, i will not let mine go until they have had both vaccinations and been vet checked on 2 seperate occasions, so we are normally looking at 12-13 weeks, this is plenty young enough for a small breed like this, and the advantage here is that you collect a puppy that is well on its way to being housetrained! this also enables me to wean my puppies naturally as i dont believe in just ripping them away from the mums at x amount of weeks, this makes for happier mums and puppies in my opinion.

Ensure that both parents are eye tested for PRA, take no excuses, its not good enough to say we have no problems in our line, no one knows unless they have their dogs examined regularly by a certified canine opthalmologist, ask to see proof if there is none then again walk away!

Hopefully having got this far you will be happy with what youve seen and heard, if you have any questions then ask the breeder, they will not think you are a nuisance and would rather someone took the time to ask questions than made a big mistake.

Lhasas can be wonderful with children IF your children are taught to treat them right, some children should never be let loose on dogs, my children and grandchildren have all been bought up round dogs and there is a mutual respect, this is the way to be.

Lhasas are very easy to housetrain and live with if they are reared right, but they can also be stubborn and will run circles round you given half a chance! they do not respond to harsh treatment and will just end up snappy and sour, but with love and understanding they are the most wonderful little people to be around.

Coat care varies depending on if you decide to keep the dog in full coat or not, keeping a full coat is not difficult IF you take ten minutes a day EVERY day to brush and comb them through, but leave it a couple of days and you have a problem on your hands!

Clipping is the other option this must be done every 8 weeks or so and the dog still needs brushing daily to keep the skin healthy, clipping is not cheap so allow for this when you are thinking of the costs involved.

And YES Lhasa do moult, anyone who tells you different is either lying through their teeth or their dogs never come in the house, maybe they dont moult as much as other breeds but yes they DO moult! and if you dont believe it i will gladly forward photos of my carpet before i hoover!

I hope this has been of help to you, any further questions please dont hesitate to contact me.







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