A Lhasa Apso with a huge personality and lots of fur!

The Lhasa Apso dog breed originated in Tibet where they acted as sentinel watchdogs and alerted the Buddhist monks to any intruders entering the monasteries. Over time this breed also developed to become loyal and affectionate pets and this has helped to spread their popularity across the globe. We chose this breed because we thought that the Lhasa's 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 reached it's peak… 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 Kye' which can be translated as "Bark Sentinel 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 ‘Elizabeth’.

However it came about, we couldn’t imagine her with any other name.

'Elsa the Lhasa' just fits!

Our Elsa

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.

She loves treats, drinking directly from the shower or garden hose and sitting on the windowsill, watching the world go by. Elsa loves people, but not as much as she loves other dogs. She is very stubborn and knows her own mind, but she is also playful and incredibly affectionate. 

Elsa has completely changed our lives by introducing us to new people and places that we would never have experienced without her and she is the reason that Paws across Britain exists!


Elsa's Resume


Elsa is a little dog with a BIG personality & lots of fur!

Loves to go out exploring new locations & particularly enjoys visiting the beach, meeting other dogs and is not afraid to get her paws dirty! Elsa’s best feature has to be her fur; Her coat is kept long but manageable & she can pull off a variety of different looks from being quite scruffy & dishevelled to perfectly sleek & coiffed.

Very intelligent & certainly knows her own mind. True to the characteristics of her breed, she can be quite stubborn. That being said, she is also quite engaging and, for the right reward, she can usually be persuaded to do most things within her physical capabilities!

Special Skills: sit, stay, stand, lie, roll over, place paw on an item, bark, jump, spin around on her back legs, hit a bell with her paw, ‘show walk’ to name but a few.

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March 2018 - Present | Powered by ORIJEN - Elsa is the official 'ambassadog' for her favourite brand!

The food that Elsa eats plays such a significant part in her life, keeping her fit and healthy so that we can go on lots of adventures together, so we are very grateful for the opportunity to support ORIJEN as brand ambassadors! Click here to read the Pet Gazette announcement.

Click here to read more about Elsa and ORIJEN

March 2018 - Present | Urban Paws - Could Elsa be the UK's next top dog model?

Our opinion may be biased, but we think that Elsa is a pretty gorgeous pooch!

She scrubs up quite well and is no stranger to the camera so we've signed her up with the UK's premier 'Animal Casting Agency' - Urban Paws!

Click here to view her full profile and watch her showreel


March 2015 - Present | Home-trained
Every day is a training day for Elsa! We use reward-based, positive reinforcement techniques with guidance from Zac George's Dog Training Revolution.

Feb 2015 | The Kennel Club GCDS Puppy Training | Dig It Dogs
At just 4 months old, Elsa was awarded a rosette and certificate following the successful completion of her Puppy Training course. This included an assessment that covered various different commands including: sit, down, stand, come when called, wait, walking on a loose lead, socialisation, being handled and food etiquette.

Charitable Contributions

Special Acheivements

Fun Dog Show Awards:

Rosettes available on request

Hobbies & Interests

Travelling | Fine Dining | Playing | Stretching | Walking | Sleeping | Begging for Treats | Socialising | Chasing Squirrels

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