Grooming Needs of a Lhasa Apso

Grooming, last updated 18th, Jul 2010, Lea Mullins

Grooming your Lhasa Apso need not be a challenging task when you start grooming them from a young age. This way they become accustomed to it as a part of their life. Although puppies dont need a lot of grooming but it is useful to incorporate it after their general training as they become tired and quiet.

Dog grooming is essential for this breed as their coat can become matted and tangled. You’ll need to brush their coat in layers and start from the stomach and work towards the inner front legs then back legs. Then moving to the outside of the legs and brushing the undercoat and working towards the top coat and back. Don't forget the chest, neck and ears, then finishing with the head and face.

There is a wide variety of tools you can use to groom your Lhasa Apso but the basics are scissors, toe clippers, latex elastic bands similar to ones use on braces, hair dryer, anti static solution, a detangler, pin brush and gentle slick brush, and a double sided comb with narrow and wide teeth. It is best to brush out any matting or tangles before bathing them as they may become difficult to remove.

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Most Lhasa Apsos have a thick eyefall that generally needs to be pulled away from their eyes. Latex bands can be used to pull eyefall into a topknot hairstyle which is popular with some males or the other option is to use barrettes. Coat oil, detangler or conditioner helps remove matting and tangles, making it easier to style or braid.

Every so often their ears become thick with hair and require it to be removed. This helps to keep their ears healthy and infection free.

Bathing your Lhasa Apso requires a simple technique of applying and squeezing shampoo through the coat in a downwards motion. Massaging in a circular motion as most of us do with our own hair can cause tangles. Use a towel to dry them off squeezing or blotting out the excess water, avoid rubbing the coat with the towel as this can also cause tangles. Once you have the majority of the moisture removed use a hair dryer at a comfortable temp and speed to dry the rest of the coat.

Grooming your Lhasa Apso is important to keep your pet looking healthy, clean and avoid unsightly matting and knots. It is also a great way to bond with them. So for a happy and healthy pet groom them regularly.