Finding that right puppy for you!
Now that you have chosen a breed, the first step to success is buying a puppy from a reputable breeder who will consider your lifestyle needs and match you with the right puppy personality. Do not be insulted by a breeder who feels they do not have a puppy to fit your needs the minute you want one. A good breeder is as interested in the success of this match-up as you are and will ask many questions and be available to answer your questions and guide you through the perils of puppyhood. (Feeding, training, veterinary needs, grooming or anything else.)

Good Breeders only have a limited number of litters from each mother dog and at a time that is optimum for the mom, not the market place. Conscientious breeding insures that the resulting puppies are getting the best start in life. A healthy, sturdy baby is less likely to need Veterinary attention  as time goes on than one who has been deprived of the basics from birth. You may pay a little more for a well bred and raised puppy from a reputable breeder than you would from a commercial enterprise. This cost is offset by the knowledge that your family will have the breeder's years of experience at your disposal. You have a "Specialist" on your team. Your puppy will be the result of a well-planned breeding of the best, not a Spring encounter with a cousin's "it looks like a Lhasa" or the misery of an abused and neglected profit-making animal. Be prepared to wait for your "right" puppy. This dog will be part of your family for many years. The life expectancy of a pet Lhasa now can exceed 14 years.

How do you find a reputable breeder? Contact the national Kennel Club in your country (i.e. Canadian Kennel Club) and ask for Lhasa Apso Breed Club(s) contacts- usually Club Secretaries or those in charge of puppy referrals. Many countries have online sites for breed clubs. Once you have referrals, speak to more than one breeder and make appointments to visit with the resident adult dogs at a mutually convenient time. In honesty, a good breeder wants to meet you in person before allowing one of her/his babies to go home with you. Ask questions about sales contracts, registration papers**, and guarantees. Go home and think about all you have heard before making a final decision. Were the dogs clean and happy? Did you like the adults? It is very nearly impossible not to love a fuzzy, sweet puppy, but remember that babies grow up quickly and become adults!

There are a variety of colours and some size variation in Lhasas and, although breeders rarely breed for a specific colour, it may be that certain colours would not appeal to you. It may surprise you to know that your puppy's colour is not the colour it will be in adulthood in many cases. Breeders will tell you these things and send you to another member of the breeding community should you have a specific request that another bloodline (family of dogs) would be better suited to. Would a male or female be to your liking? There are slight differences in temperament and you may be surprised to discover that your ideal puppy is actually the other gender. What puppy personality would mesh with your family situation? The quiet retiring puppy would love to snuggle with Mom on the couch- but may quickly become fearfull of your 3 busy children. The high energy, play until you drop puppy would become "too much" in short order for some people, but be just right for the person who is "always on the go".

Do not be in a hurry to take your puppy from it's mother. The ideal time is at about 11 or 12 weeks of age. Eight-week-old Lhasa pups have not learned the lessons Mom needs to teach them to be well-adjusted adults. Bonding is not an issue here.

** In Canada a dog can only be represented as
purebred if it has "Papers". Those "Registration Papers" must be provided to the purchaser at NO EXTRA CHARGE. This does not mean the dog is to be shown or bred, just that you have a guarantee of authenticity. This is the law! When puppies go home (around 12 weeks), the litter has been registered and the individual "papers" will be forwarded to you as soon as the puppy's official name has been decided on and the registering body  (Canadian Kennel Club) processes the certificate.

Acquiring an Adult

It may be that you would like a pet Lhasa, but you have decided that you are not able to cope with the demands of a puppy. From time to time there are adult Lhasa Apsos available from reputable breeders. Breeders occasionally keep a puppy to maturity and then decide not to breed that dog for various reasons. Sometimes a Lhasa requires a new home due to tragic events involving the owners. (Health and lifestyle changes) Now and then we retire a dog from breeding and feel that a particular dog would benefit from the special one-to-one relationship that only a pet home could offer. A Lhasa knows who loves them at any age. There are many benefits to adopting an older Lhasa in the prime of it's life that has already passed the puppy and adolescent stages. Contact a Lhasa Club in your area, a Breeder (confirm credentials with Clubs), or the national (Canadian) Kennel Club for referrals.
Links to start a puppy search in Canada
There are currently puppies available from reputable Breeders!
serious inquiries can email for contact info
Lhasa Apso Canada
Dogs In Canada
Be an informed consumer. Understand your rights and the Canadian Kennel Club
the Canadian Kennel Club
A great site geared to children learning about dogs and  responsible pet ownership.
Feeding a puppy, adult or senior dog.
What do they need? and what does that Label mean on the package?
Earle Wolfe has compiled everything you want and need to know!
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