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Lhasa Apso - A Big Dog?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by petsrkool, Apr 14, 2011.


  1. petsrkool

    petsrkool PetForums Newbie

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    Our Lhasa Apso acts like she's tough as a Doberman or Rottweiler at times, especially around other dogs or animals she's not quite familiar with. We have had quite a few dogs over the years and a great many of them seemed open to making new animal friends. Not this little one though. She will eventually settle down but her first instinct is to fight. This is the first Lhasa Apso we've had is this normal behavior?:blink:
     
  2. Ditsy42

    Ditsy42 PetForums VIP

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    Not owned the breed myself, but I can tell ya my Rotti boy aint tough lol, he's the biggest wimp going :)
     
  3. pinklady

    pinklady PetForums Member

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    I had two Lhapsa Apso going nuts at my Akitas this morning, lucking mine are friendly and just ignored them, the owner said "they are big dogs in disguise!!" i think alot of smaller breeds do this. Most of the small dogs we meet are just yappy and not nasty so that is good :eek:)
     
  4. rottiemum

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    Ah, small dog syndrome! LOL

    I once had 4 dogs that lived in the house together, the small one was the Alpha dog! He was a 20lb terrier mix and he was the boss. :rolleyes:
    It is typical of small dogs. My big dogs never acted tough and let him be the leader.

    I find big dogs are the more laid back :cool:
     
  5. DaisytheTT

    DaisytheTT PetForums Senior

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    I'm not sure. Daisy is a tibetan terrier so similar to a Lhapsa but abit bigger.

    Daisy has no size awareness at all. She takes them all on! :eek: :D
     
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    Jobeth PetForums VIP

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    Mine is a Lhasa cross and on one of the Lhasa websites it says that when they look in the mirror they see a lion! Mine is confident and just wants to play with every dog that he sees.
     
  7. niki

    niki PetForums Senior

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    My shih tzu is exactly like that... Only thing is if the other dog takes an interest in her she hides behind my legs!! X
     
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    new westie owner PetForums VIP

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    A neighbour of mine has 4 bark day and night Bobby just ignores them now :D
     
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    it shouldn't be acceptable. if a large dog was doing this behaviour to others, it wouldn't be seen as funny. small dogs get away with such behaviour because it is seen as cute and its funny that a small dog is trying to take on a big dog. but small dogs should be just as sociable with all breeds and sizes of dogs as any dog. I would address this issue now with a trainer before it becomes too ingrained.
     
  10. EmzieAngel

    EmzieAngel PetForums VIP

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    My auntie has a Lhasa Apso and he is the most laid back dog I know.
    He's not bothered by other dogs whatsoever, he just carries on and doesn't even give them a second glance. He's not even yappy.
     
  11. rcmadd

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    lhasa's and shittys were bred as indoor guard dogs by the tibetian monks many years ago.. hence the "big dog" attitude.
     
  12. shazalhasa

    shazalhasa PetForums VIP

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    I've got lhasas and none of them are confrontational with other dogs, they do bark when someone comes to the house but are never nasty, they just want to have a sniff and will then wander off.
     
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