The Lhasa Apso, known to some as the Apso Seng Kyi, is a breed with a very cultured background.
In fact, they’re named after the sacred city of Lhasa, which is situated in the Chengguan District of Tibet. Considered lucky pets to own, they were only bred by noble and holy men.
The Lhasa Apso only moved over to other parts of the world in the 20th century, having first arrived in Britain during the 1920s.
Lhasa Apsos are a very small, intelligent and affectionate breed of dog, of medium length and covered in a double coat of hair, with a feathered tail.
They’re part of the Utility Breed group, which includes other non-sporting dogs such as the Dalmatian, Poodle and Bulldog.
Nowadays, they’re a very popular choice for UK pet owners and have many superb characteristics that make them ideal for families.
When your Lhasa Apso is pregnant, it’s up to you to ensure that their puppies are in check throughout. Read on to discover the other key facts regarding Lhasa Apso breeding and pregnancy:
How can you tell if your Lhasa Apso is pregnant?
The signs of telling if your Lhasa Apso is pregnant are very similar to other dog breeds.
During pregnancy, Lhasa Apsos around the three-week mark tend to become ill and will either display this in the form of vomiting or a poor appetite.
What’s a typical Lhasa Apso litter size?
The Lhasa Apso litter size can vary, with a mum-to-be carrying up to eight puppies. However, the average amount of Lhasa Apso puppies produced in one pregnancy is six.
To determine how large their litter size is going to be, it’s possible to take your pet for an X-ray after they’ve been pregnant for seven weeks. Around this period, the litter’s bones have developed such a significant amount that it’s clear how many puppies are in the womb.
One thing to consider however, is that X-Rays can have a negative impact on your pet and their litter due to the radiation.
An ultrasound would allow a vet to check Lhasa Apso puppies’ heart beats and key changes in the foetuses. Skull sizes can also be measured. But the disadvantage of this method is the cost and availability.
How long is a Lhasa Apso pregnant for?
Pregnancy for a Lhasa Apso is a fairly short period, in fact, it can last anywhere between eight to nine weeks, but this is dependent on how many puppies your pet is carrying.
The typical rule is the bigger the litter, the shorter the pregnancy. However, even a large litter should still carry a pregnancy of around seven weeks.
Things to monitor throughout pregnancy
Once you become aware that your Lhasa Apso is pregnant there are numerous things that you need to monitor to ensure your pet and their litter are in good health. When the pregnancy has been confirmed, ensure that your pet is eating well. If they’re given too much calcium, this can have a detrimental impact on the litter’s bone formation, as well as the mother’s health.
Once they’ve hit the eight-week mark, the mother’s temperature needs to be monitored carefully. If you notice that their temperature has dropped to around 36.5° C, this is a sign that birth is looming.
If you have any questions about Lhasa Apso breeding, or you’re concerned about how a pregnancy is progressing, get in touch with the experts at Animal Friends today, who can provide dog insurance to suit your pet.