Despite looking like a fragile and spoiled puppy, the Lhasa Apso is a bit of a genius!
Despite looking like a fragile and spoiled puppy, the Lhasa Apso is a bit of a genius! Raised in Tibet, these puppies were considered sacred and only those who owned them were Tibetan monks or nobles.
The breed carries a very mystical history, since it was believed that when the owner of a Lhasa Apso died, his soul was reincarnated in another dog of the same breed.
They were considered animals that brought luck and prosperity and could only leave the territory if given as gifts. In 1933 a couple of the breed was given by the 13th Dalai Lama to a researcher named Suydam Cutting who then started breeding the breed in the United States, which was only recognized by the Kennel Club in 1935.