The Lhasa Apso is an ancient and dignified breed originating from ‘the Forbidden City’ of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. For hundreds of years, they were bred by Tibetan monks to be companions and watchdogs at isolated monasteries. Their name translates to ‘bearded sentinel lion dog.’ They are highly effective watchdogs, with an incredible memory for knowing who is friend and family, and who is a stranger.
Lhasa Apsos are a small but sturdy breed that has a beautiful long, flowing coat that protects it from the biting cold in the Himalayan Mountain region. Their fur extends over their eyes to protect them from sun glare off the snow. They have a broad muzzle and comparatively large lungs to help them breathe in high altitudes where there is 40% less oxygen in the air.
Once threatened with extinction, the Lhasa Apso is now a popular family pet in many parts of the world. They are known for their intelligence and loyal nature. They make excellent companions for individuals or families in smaller living spaces, and can either be a lap dog or an amusing family companion for families with small children. While they are affectionate with their owners, they can be reserved around strangers. They are silent dogs for the majority of the time but will bark loudly if a stranger enters their property, which is why they have a reputation as such good watchdogs.
The independent nature of Lhasas means they may require patient training. They are often shy with unfamiliar people. They are known to be very still dogs, often sleeping for up to 18-20 hours a day. For this reason, they are suitable pets for working families, as they do not suffer from separation anxiety as other breeds can do.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.