Lhasa Apso (lha-saw op-so)

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The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet. It was bred originally to guard monasteries by alerting monks to any intruders who entered the monastary.

Recently, DNA Analysis has identified the Lhasa Apso as one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds.The breed has incredibly good hearing and this is why they were use in Tibet as ears for the old Tibeten monks who were hard of hearing so that the monks could be alerted by the dogs sharp high pitched bark if there was any intruders.