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Looking like a shrunken version of the Old English Sheepdog, Lhasa Apso puppies have a wonderful temperament. With their tendency to live long lives (up to 18 years) and relatively few breed-specific health concerns, the Lhasa Apso typically provides dedicated companionship to his/her owners.
There is one caution. Selecting from Lhasa Apso puppies for sale is a wonderful choice assuming you do not allow your new addition to develop the dreaded “small dog syndrome.” This occurs when the owner or other family members fail to exhibit the pack leader role. The Lhasa Apso is particularly susceptible to this attitude. Should you allow this to occur, you might find that your Lhasa Apso becomes suspicious of strangers and most children.
They may become over-devoted to you at the exclusion of all others – humans and pets. This condition often generates other undesired behaviors, including separation anxiety, growling or snapping at children and strangers, and even becoming unnaturally aggressive with other dogs. This displays a combination of their pack leader status and belief that they must protect only you from all other living things.
The syndrome can be totally avoided if you maintain an alpha personality consistently when training your Lhasa Apso puppy. Concentrating on developing proper behavior and socialization should bring out the best of his/her temperament. In so doing, you'll have a Lhasa Apso that is a wonderful family member, including their interrelationship with children and families.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|