Bristol Live has joined forces with our brand new sister site, TeamDogs, and the fabulous Pooch & Mutt food for dogs company, to find out which dog breed really is the nation’s favourite.
Here, Amy Crowther champions Lhasa Apsos and explains exactly why they are the best breed.
If you agree – or disagree – we’ll give you the chance to vote in the search to find the UK’s favourite dog breed.
Head over toto find out who is at the top of the league table. Remember the rankings will keep changing so do cast your vote.
The breeds with the lowest number votes will end up in the Dog House. The 10 lowest ranking will be eliminated each week until we end up with our worthy winner!
The KLF might have described themselves as justified and ancient, but really it’s the Lhasa Apso that deserves that title. This breed has been around since at least 800AD, and their calm and wise faces are testament to all they’ve seen and done.
For centuries they lived in isolation with Tibetan Buddhist monks in the Himalayas (Lhasa is the capital of Tibet), but they’ve since made their homes around the world.
After all those centuries of practise they are the perfect companion dog. Wherever you wander in the home, glance down and your Lhasa will be looking up patiently. Their bark is short, sharp and to the point, and only made when they are seriously grumpy at something. They’re also not good with strangers, but after lockdown the same might be said of us all!
Lhasas are also credited with spiritual powers and considered to bring prosperity and fortune to the owner, so even though the cost of puppies has soared during the pandemic, they might prove lucky when you next pick your lottery numbers!
Talking of mysteries, Lhasa pups don’t usually end up staying the colour they are born. Our wee boy Monty was a deep chocolatey brown when he was whelped, but gradually grew out his hair to resemble the cloud of clotted cream on top of a scone – and twice as delicious. Just his beard and the tips of his ears retained a hint of his past as a brunette.
When it comes to grooming, Lhasa owners have the option to go for the classic look of long silky hair down to the paws, often with a fetching bow to lift their fringe. This leaves them gliding around the room looking like they’re levitating – but to be honest it can be a pain to maintain if you’re not devoted to your doggy comb. I prefer the more choppy short-hair look which allows me to run my fingers through his beautiful thick coat as he lies on my lap.
But most importantly, if you get a Lhasa Apso you really do have a friend for life. The legend has it that those Tibetan monks were reincarnated as monastery dogs if they’d maintained a truly devout and honorable existence, so it’s very likely that the puppy you’re bringing home will be a Zen master too.
Take a look at the and cast your vote. If your favourite isn’t there, just email us at email@example.com with 200 words telling us how brilliant the breed is and why it deserves to win and we’ll add it to the competition