Lhasa Apso puppies are pint sized cuties. As soon as you look into their sweet eyes you’ll be instantly charmed and ready to bring one home to call your own. However, before you get any Lhasa puppy, you need to know exactly what you are brining home.
It is imperative that you obtain a healthy dog that will be a credit to his/her breed. In order to make sure the Lhasa pup you pick is ideal, you need to check his/her temperament and appearance.
Lhasa Apso puppies should be assertive and happy-go-lucky. They should be very friendly and not shy away when you approach and interact with them. Be very wary of a puppy that acts timid towards you.
As far as their appearance is concerned, the Lhasa Apso has a very sturdy stature and is well balanced. Their skull is moderately narrow and is not rounded or domed shaped. The front of their face is straight and features a medium stop. The button nose at the end of the muzzle should be black and the pup should have a complete scissor bite.
Lhasas have dark oval shaped eyes that are brown in color. They are medium in size, and are a perfect compliment to the nose and face. The eyes of Lhasa Apso puppies should convey an expression that is alert and intelligent.
The ears of a Lhasa hang close to the head and are well feathered and blend in perfectly with the rest of the coat, especially if the coat is long.
The body of a Lhasa is balanced and quite compact. The head is carried high and the neck is well arched. Their back is level and extends into their well feathered tail. The tail is carried high and over the back.
The legs of Lhasa apso puppies are also covered in plenty of hair. The front legs are straight and the back legs are well muscled and angled. The legs should not turn in or out, and should appear straight from the back. Their round feet should also be straight and covered in their feathery coat.
Although as a pup, the Lhasa may move more awkward than when he/she is fully grown, you need to make sure that their movement is free and high-spirited. The dog should not have a limp or favor any one of his/her paws over the others.
As a puppy, the Lhasa Aspo will not have a very long coat. However, their body will be covered in a heavy layer of hair from head to toe. If you take a look at the sire or dam of the litter, you will notice that the hair can grow long to the floor and even cover the dog’s facial features if not tied back.
Lhasas have two coats, their long feather top coat and the undercoat. The top coat is straight and long and the undercoat is of a moderate length. The coat is not woolly or silky; instead, it feels moderately soft to the touch, especially after being groomed.
The coat comes in different colors including: shades of gold, honey, sand, slate, smoke, black, brown, white and parti-colored.
You need to keep the breed standard in mind when you analyze Lhasa Apso puppies. After all, there is no point investing in a puppy based on his/her cuteness without knowing exactly what you are getting. Furthermore, if a breed standard isn’t important to you, you might as well purchase a mutt instead of a purebred.