A Lhasa Apso with a huge personality and lots of fur!
The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet, where they served to alert the Buddhist monks to any intruders entering the monasteries. Nowadays their popularity has spread across the globe. We chose this breed because we thought that their independent nature, size and needs would suit our lifestyle very well. They are also said to bring luck to their owners.
The Story Behind Her Name
Elsa was born in 2014, around the same time a certain Disney movie’s popularity was really snowballing… most people think that we named her after the character in Frozen but the truth is that her namesake is the heroine of another, true story dating back to the 1950’s.
When we were researching dog breeds, we learnt that Lhasa's are referred to as 'Apso Seng Kyi' which can be translated as "Bearded Lion Dog". As a child, I was given a copy of the book Born Free; the story of Elsa the lioness, who is adopted and raised by Joy and George Adamson. I found the story to be quite endearing and it’s always been one of my favourite books. As soon as a connection to lions was made I knew that ‘Elsa’ was going to be the perfect name.
Of course, if you look at the true origin of the name ‘Elsa’ it’s simply a short form of ‘Elisabeth’. However it came about, we couldn’t imagine her with any other name. 'Elsa the Lhasa' just fits!
Elsa may look genteel but under those luscious locks she is a real tomboy at heart. She has a young spirit and loves to explore and get involved with everything going on around her. Elsa loves people, but not as much as she loves other dogs. She is very precious about her food but will very cheekily try and steal other dogs treats! She is very stubborn and knows her own mind but she is also playful and very affectionate.
Elsa has completely changed our lives by introducing us to new people and places that we would have never experienced without her and it's because of her that Paws across Britain exists.