Having been bred as an indoor monastery sentinel dog by Tibetan Buddhist monks, Lhasa Apsos are alert with a keen sense of hearing, a rich, sonorous bark that belies their size. The ideal Lhasa temperament is to be wary of strangers while being loyal to those closest to them. Lhasa Apsos are independent as well as companion dogs who want to please their owners. They require patience but in return can be quite comical, entertaining and caring companions. They aim to please their owners and enjoy training.