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Nurturing Legacies, Breeding Excellence

Welcome to Treatsntrix, where our family-run breeding program is dedicated to the Lhasa Apso breed's excellence. Founded in 2002 by Teresa Waight and inspired by her beloved Trixie who was the first Lhasa Apso and the first breeded dame. Our commitment to quality breeding and ethical standards ensures that each Lhasa Apso puppy is a cherished addition to loving families. With a focus on health, temperament, and conformation, Treatsntrix prioritizes responsible breeding practices to produce exceptional Lhasa Apsos. Explore our website for valuable insights, from detailed breeding dog profiles to informative articles on Lhasa Apso care and training. Join us in honoring Trixie's legacy and welcoming the joy of a Treatsntrix Lhasa Apso into your home today.

Premium Breeding Program

Treatsntrix offers a meticulously curated breeding program focused on excellence in the Lhasa Apso breed. Through responsible breeding practices, the program prioritizes the health, temperament, and conformation of each dog. Prospective puppy owners can expect top-tier genetics and a commitment to producing Lhasa Apsos that embody the breed's exceptional standards.

Family-Centric Environment

At Treatsntrix, we pride ourselves on being a family-run establishment. Our dogs are not just breeding subjects; they are integral members of our family. This family-centric approach ensures that every Lhasa Apso is raised in a loving and nurturing environment, promoting well-socialized, happy, and healthy puppies. This unique aspect of our services guarantees that each dog carries the warmth and care typical of a family-oriented breeding setting.

Comprehensive Resources and Information

Treatsntrix aims to be a valuable resource for Lhasa Apso enthusiasts and prospective puppy owners alike. We provide comprehensive information on the breed's history, care, and training. Prospective owners can explore detailed profiles of our breeding dogs, gaining insights into their lineage and characteristics. We believe that informed owners make the best caregivers, and we strive to empower our community with knowledge.

Lifetime Support and Guidance

Choosing a Lhasa Apso from Treatsntrix is not just a transaction; it's the beginning of a lifelong journey. We offer unparalleled support and guidance to our puppy owners throughout their dog's life. Whether it's advice on training, health concerns, or general well-being, our commitment to our extended Treatsntrix family remains steadfast. This service ensures that every owner feels confident and supported in providing the best possible life for their beloved Lhasa Apso.

History of the Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, who alerted the monks to any intruders who entered. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and Apso is a word in the Tibetan language meaning "bearded," so Lhasa Apso simply means "long-haired Lhasa dog," although there are also some who claim that the word "Apso" is a corruption of the Tibetan word "rapso," meaning "goat-like", which would make the equivalent translation "wooly Lhasa dog."

The Lhasa Apso originated in the area of Tibet over 4,000 years ago as a small breed of mountain wolf. They were domesticated and actively bred perhaps as long ago as 800 BC, which makes it one of the oldest recognized breeds in the world. Recent research has shown the Lhasa as one of the breeds most closely related to the ancestral wolf. (Others are Akita, Shiba Inu, Shar-Pei, Chow, Basenji, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Saluki, Afghan, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Samoyed.)

Referred to in Tibet as Apso Seng Kyi, which can be translated as "Bearded Lion Dog", the Lhasa's primary function was that of a household sentinel, guarding the homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa. The large Tibetan Mastiffs guarded the monasteries' entrances, but the keen hearing and sharp bark of the Lhasa Apso served to warn residents by acting like a burglar alarm if an intruder happened to get past the exterior guards.

It was believed that the bodies of the Lhasa Apsos could be entered by souls of deceased lamas while they awaited reincarnation into a new body. Lhasas in Tibet were never sold. The only way a person could get one was as a gift.

In the early 1900s, a few of the breed were brought by military men returning from the Indian subcontinent to England, where the breed was referred to as "Lhasa Terriers".

The original American pair of Lhasas was a gift from Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama to C. Suydam Cutting, arriving in the United States in 1933. Mr. Cutting had traveled in Tibet and met the Dalai Lama there. At this time, there was only one Lhasa Apso registered in England. The breed was called first the Apso Lhasa Terrier, then the Lhasa Apso. The American Kennel Club officially accepted the breed in 1935 in the Terrier Group, and in 1959 transferred the breed to the Non-Sporting Group. In the UK, they are placed in the Utility Group.

Certain characteristics which are part of the breed type evolved as a result of geographical and climatic environment — the high altitudes, the dry windy climate, the dusty terrain, the short hot summer and the long bitterly cold winter of the Himalaya region. Among these are head features, the coat, eye-fall, the muscle and body structure, the general hardness and longevity of the breed.

DNA Analysis has identified the Lhasa Apso as one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds, verifying that lap dogs and companion dogs were among the first dogs bred by humans.

  • Temperament of the Lhasa Apso:

    Lhasa Apsos are renowned for their distinctive temperament, blending an air of regality with a playful and affectionate nature. While they may be small in stature, their personalities are anything but diminutive. Known for their keen sense of awareness and assertiveness, Lhasa Apsos make excellent watchdogs, alerting their owners to any potential threats.

    These dogs form strong bonds with their families and are known for their loyalty. While they can be reserved around strangers, Lhasa Apsos are generally friendly and sociable, particularly when raised in a well-socialized environment. Their independent nature is balanced by a deep affection for their human companions, making them ideal family pets.

    Intelligence is a hallmark of the Lhasa Apso breed, and they often demonstrate a discerning and perceptive demeanor. Training these dogs requires patience and consistency, but the reward is a well-mannered and responsive companion. Lhasa Apsos thrive on routine and enjoy mental stimulation, making them adaptable to various living situations, whether in a bustling city or a serene countryside.

    One charming aspect of the Lhasa Apso's temperament is their playful and mischievous side. Despite their dignified appearance, these dogs are known to engage in delightful antics, showcasing a sense of humor that endears them to their owners. This combination of regality, loyalty, and playfulness makes the Lhasa Apso a unique and cherished member of countless households worldwide.