This is my first Lhasa to own. 13 years ago I had rescued a Maltese, a Shi Tzu and my husband had a boxer. All have passed since then. 4 years have passed and we decided to start a new puppy family.
My husband rescued a Boxer/Rot mix named Zeus. Love Him!!!! So, I started the long search for a small dog. Well, 3 months passed. After lots and lots of research and soul searching I decided a Lhasa was right for our family. I was right!!! I now have Sugar Bear!
I have a new Lhasa pupppy. I have only had him for 1 week. He is 15 weeks old, white with champagne ears. I am having a hard time finding information for Lhasas. All I find is general information. Crate training is going great. He sits, sits pretty, and knows to "GO TO BED"!
Now, that I have him, I would like to have another. I am even considering learning more about breeding them! This puppy is fabulous!! Best dog I have ever owned! So smart and lovable. He is extremely submissive to my husband and definitley knows his place in our family. He is Momma's baby. Are most Lhasas like this?
Where can I find information about breeding Lhasas? The closest breeder is 150 miles from me and it is a puppy mill!! BOOOOO!
The best thing to do when interested in any breed is to attend a show and find someone who can mentor you. It is often impossible to find someone close to you but thats just antoher cost of breeding:) congrats on the pup.
I don't know where to find info on breeding them besides the internet and Barnes & Noble.
I have a 9 month old Lhasa Apso. Unfortunately, not all are like your Sugar Bear. My Merphy started off like that, but then around 7 months of age, he began to get aggressive. I too wanted to breed him, but couldn't because of this. He's now fixed and getting better, but still hasn't lost all his testosterone. I love him to death, but he is a stubborn little guy, which I have heard a lot about Lhasas. Here he is:
I would only want to have 1 litter. After losing my boxer and maltese, which were dear family pets for 11 years, I regreted not having a puppy from either of them. I am not wanting to do this to try to make money.
I am actually in the process of having the woman that I bought Sugar Bear from investigated. I found out just TODAY from several other people of some of the horrible conditions in which she breeds her pups.
She lives way out in a rural area so I didn't think about it much when she asked if I wanted to meet her in town. The directions were so confusing, so I agreed.
I got him last Thursday. Monday, I took him to the vet and from what looked like a healthy puppy, I got a big suprise. He had 2 ear infections, one eye infection with an ingrown hair, nails were hooked, had worms, and the kicker...had an infection in his private area!!!
I have rescued dogs all of my adult life, both purebreds and mixes. A couple from puppy mills. So before you go bashing me on my motives, I just want to assure you that I am a responsible pet owner!!!
And referring to petfinder.org.....I searched on there for 2 months, every day, for any kind of small dog I could rescue up to 200 miles from my home, which is in a very rural area. All I got was a line of crap. IF they returned my phone calls, either I was too far out of the adoption area, or I did not have a fenced in yard, or I already had a pet, or I had young children, or I was too far for them to make a house visit and routine checks, or they wanted a minimum of $100 plus any outstanding vet bills, or the dog was 10 to 15 years old with a wealth of health problems, plus a letter of recommendation from our vet with past pet history, a list of family and friends to call, or the animals had aggression issues, or they could not be left alone, and finally had to sign a contract that if you ever decided that I could no longer care for the pet, I would have to give it back to them. A rescued dog was my first option!!! I TRIED!!!
So, that is why I have Sugar Bear!! Maybe if rescue organization would make it a little easier for people like me to adopt pets, there wouldn't be so many in shelters and foster care or even put down!
Hey calm down I was not bashing you. LOl Just because I dont agree with breeding doesnt mean I want you to agree.Its your dog and your choice.
Im sorry he wasnt a very healthy pup.Sad when breeders could give a darn.One thing I would do is too wait until two years old.Even if you dont get them genetic tested.They arent mature physically or mentally.When you dont get them neutered they have a 50% chance of getting cancer in those parts.The females also have a 50% chance of getting cancer in those parts if you dont get them spayed before the fisrt heat.Its even higher when she has pups.
All I can tell you is do alot of research on breeding as it is heartbreaking.
Also small dogs can have problems with birth.So get info on how to deal with that.
I personally would kill myself if I bred my beloved pet and she died trying ot give birth.It would also be evry sad to see a puppy die.that is my honest opinion.
I have neevr had a problem with rescues.I found 3 dogs on petfiner and adopted them.no problem.Yes it is harder to adopt small dogs.
We dont have a fence and we ahve a 4 year old.So I do understand where you are coming from and yes I get frustrated to.
Also if you do have a litter dont breed them until you have homes waiting.Just so you arent stuck with a litter of puppies.Its alot of work.LOl
Oh I think oyu really should report the "breeder"!! Not fair to the dogs.As you know.
Do you have any pictures of the boy?? he sounds really cute!!
I DO want you to know that I did NOT mean to offend you in my first post.That was NOT my intentions at all.The longer you are here you will see how many people come on here wanting to breed or somehting stupid and athey know ABSOLUETLY NOTHING about dogs or breeding.It gets very annoying. So plz accept my apologies.
Lacie cam from a Cocker rescue.Bear came from a shelter.He is 9 years old and has a load of health problems.Caesar came form a rescue and he is a year old.He was neglected,abused,and never socialized. I found all of them on Petfinder.
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It's o.k. I understand. I have seen the torture and devistation in backyard breeders and puppy mills. my first rescue was a female maltese. She was 12 years old just been fixed because she had to have a c section with her last litter. She had mammary cancer, had severe epilepsy, and she would get lot 2 feet off of the porch. But, she was so loving. We only had her for a year before she passed.
I take Sugar Bear with me everywhere! He is actually sleeping in a basket beside my feet now. Everyone asks what kind of dog he is. When I tell him a Lhasa, they have no idea what it is.
My vet checked him by Lhasa standards, he breeds pursians and collies. He did his first puppy check with diagrams, measurements, eyes, ears, nose, throat (tonsils), feet, pads, nails, bones, eye shape, teeth and bite, watched him walk, sit, stand, he even checked his hearing. I have never seen a more thorough puppy check. He said he was a great specimen. I guess that's good. I know you have to breed for body standards, but if temperment is a factor, Sugar Bear has it licked.
You have a good vet.Most only check ears,eyes,and body.If he does fit the breed standard you may want to think about showing him.Since he has a great temperment he would exel in the ring.A puppy check is not all that he needs done.When they are 2 years old theya re full grown.Then you can aske your vet about getting Genetic testing done.Your vet can explain that to you.I urge you to wait and then get it done.If you show your bitch and your male and get genetic testing done.You could breed them if all goes well with the first litter.He sounds like he would be a great attribute to the breed and would exel in the show ring.