The Lhasa Apso originated in the isolated reaches of the Himalayan Mountains in Tibet, his primary function was that of guardian inside Buddhist Monasteries and in the homes of Tibetan nobility, where his intelligence, acute hearing and natural instinct for being able to identify friend from foe made him well suited for this role. These sturdy little dogs have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
The Lhasa Apso temperament is unique, their rather independant and stubbon nature requires patient understanding, they resist harsh or strict discipline, they are fastidious by nature and extremely devoted to family and do not change loyalties easily, they are calm and deliberate but suspicious of strangers, this is a direct reflection of his Tibetan heritage.
The Lhasa Apso is slow to mature and does not reach his prime until well into his third or fourth year, they age gracefully and keep a youthful appearance and attitude well into their teens.
They are not a "yard" dog, they are a "house" dog and a true companion prefering to be with you always, whatever you are doing.
"He is seldom a pet but rather a companion, often a clown, but never a fool".