Some individuals consider the Lhasa Apso is a “nasty” breed? Undoubtedly not in my expertise. So the place did the repute come from? I’ve some theories…
When the breed turned common again within the 70’s and 80’s, the pet mill breeders jumped shortly on the bandwagon, buying and breeding Lhasas with no different objective than to provide puppies, promote them shortly, and become profitable. There have been no considerate concerns concerning construction, well being, or temperament previous to a breeding. The flood of cute fluffy puppies into pet retailers, bought by individuals interested in their look with little data (as a result of, to be trustworthy, little or no details about the Lhasa had been printed “again then”) in regards to the breed itself, did certainly lead to Lhasas with fairly nasty inclinations. The breed’s repute has been struggling ever since.
Individuals who buy a Lhasa pet must know that Lhasas are good, impartial, (some would possibly say “cussed”) dignified, and simply offended. Their sense of proper and truthful play requires an strategy to coaching that avoids yelling and bodily punishment. By that I do not simply imply “do not hit;” clearly you shouldn’t hit any canine. I additionally imply issues like shaking the canine or jerking on his lead. Lhasas suppose extremely of themselves and most are desirous to please their individuals. They reply nicely to treats and reward and coaching video games which might be enjoyable, upbeat, and intellectually stimulating.
Grooming is a part of a Lhasa’s life, so a big a part of early coaching includes coaching the canine to be groomed. Though many individuals desire to maintain their Lhasas shaved or in a pet clip of some kind, early coaching continues to be wanted as a result of these Lhasas will probably be visiting the groomer and must know how you can behave so they are going to be welcomed on the grooming store. I truthfully consider that one cause the “nasty” adjective turned linked with the Lhasa is the fault of homeowners who “routinely” take their matted-to-the-hide Lhasas to the groomer possibly twice a yr. These canine do not behave nicely as a result of they haven’t been skilled to be groomed. The poor groomer has to face a unclean, matted, scared canine who associates being on the grooming store with getting harm. Growling and snapping does happen. I blame the house owners for ignoring the canine’ wants and placing them in a scenario for which they’re completely unprepared to manage.
And, sure, there are Lhasas which might be simply plain nasty to the core, similar to there are nasty people of another breed, and similar to there are nasty individuals of all ages from all walks of life and all ethnic teams. For my part, we must always not label a whole group as dangerous as a result of a few of its members are rotten. That goes for canine in addition to individuals!
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