Featuring the black Lhasa Apso dog breed figurines, gifts and collectibles. The Lhasa Apso is of the non-sporting dog breed originating from Tibet. They are named after the capital city of Tibet which is Lhasa. Apso in the Tibetan language means "bearded." Therefore, the dogs are referred to as "long-haired Lhasa dogs." These dogs are very alert and have a keen sense of hearing and therefore, were bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries to alert the monks of intruders. They are loyal to their owners but can be aggressive toward strangers.