The Lhasa Apso is a Tibetan breed developed by the Dalai Lamas that takes its name from the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. This is a small but sturdy dog, covered from head to tail with a long, dense, hard coat that protected him in that harsh Tibetan climate. He is a guardian by nature, having an acute sense of hearing to assist him in guarding the temples and alerting his masters of anything irregular. His nature is independent and he approaches life in a calm and deliberate manner. Seldom a pet, rather a companion-often a clown but never a fool!