Beethoven the Lhasa Apso

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This adorable Lhasa apso is our friend Beethoven! He is two years old. 

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The Lhasa Apso is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, dating back to 800 B.C. The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet. They were named after the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. In Tibet, Apso means “bearded.” The breed was revered and never sold; they were given as gifts.

Lhasa Apso possess a keen sense of awareness and hearing. They were originally used in monasteries and by Tibetan royalty as a guard dogs. However, they didn’t perform any attack duties, they were responsible for alerting Tibetan Mastiffs. The Mastiffs took care of any need for intimidation or attack.

The Lhasa Apso was introduced to the United States in 1933, and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935. 

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It is the Tibetan belief that the Lhasa Apso is a symbol of good luck, and that they bring health, peace, and prosperity. The Lhasa Apso is a fairly uncommon breed in the United States, but Lhasa Apso owners love their unique style.

Singer Gwen Stefani had a beloved Lhasa Apso, named Lamb. Reality TV star Bethany Frankel’s Lhasa Apso, Cookie, is frequently seen in Bethany’s entourage. Actress and comedian Jane Lynch adopted Olivia, a sweet senior Lhasa Apso from a shelter.

Fun Fact: The Lhasa Apso has appeared on two episodes of animated television show The Simpsons

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The Lhasa Apso’s coat is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the Himalayas. In the Himalayas, the summers are short and very hot, the winters are long and bitterly cold. The breed has a double coat. The soft, fine undercoat helps to keep the dog insulated, the long, flat and smooth outer coat sheds very little.

Some owners prefer to keep their Lhasa Apso long and silky, others keep them clipped close. They should be brushed and bathed regularly; groomed typically every 6 to 8 weeks. Routine grooming helps to keep their beards clean, and their eyes free from debris. 


Treat your Lhasa Apso like the royalty they are! Book a groom with Darlene at 518-346-2030.


Our groomer Darlene Galli has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years. She has been our full-time groomer since we opened in 2010. River Road Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Niskayuna, NY. Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion and excellence. We treat dogs, cats, and small pocket pets. In addition to general medicine and surgery, our facility also offers a boarding kennel, doggie daycare, and grooming services.