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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso


The Lhasa Apso is originally from Tibet, bred exclusively by nobility and monks in monasteries to be their guard and protector. Hence, this dog was considered sacred and it is believed that he brings good luck to the owner. This is a very intelligent breed with sharpened instincts and a keen sense of sight. Lhasa Apsos were not allowed to leave the country except when given as gifts by the Dalai Lama.

Height: 9-11 inches  Weight: 13-15 pounds  Lifespan: 12-18 years


The Lhasa Apso is a hardy and energetic dog, behaving cautiously and suspiciously toward strangers. This breed’s appearance exudes dignity and royalty. The Lhasa Apso is one of the most affectionate breeds, which makes him a wonderful family companion. Comparable Breed: Shih Tzu, Tibetan Terrier.


The Lhasa Apso is very fond of expressing his love and devotion. However, this dog is quite independent and will try to seize dominance. Lhasa Apsos are not recommended for families with small children because they do not know how to behave around these animals. Since the Lhasa Apso has especially keen hearing, he is an excellent watchdog. This is a very jealous dog which believes that it should be the only pet and enjoy all the benefits of human attention. If left neglected, the Lhasa Apso will behave destructively. Hence, this dog is not suited for those people who are too busy with their career. If surprised by something or if something annoys the Lhasa Apso, he may bite.

Coat / Care:

The Lhasa Apso is covered with a heavy, luxurious double coat which is close-fitting to the dog’s body. The coat is an excellent isolation, keeping him warm in the winter and protecting him in the summer. The hair falls freely to the floor and it comes in many colors, including honey, black, white, golden, sandy-yellow, brown or silver. The structure of the coat is not soft nor silky. Shedding is of medium intensity. In order to tangling, the Lhasa Apso requires daily brushing and combing. If you want to grow a beautiful coat, your pet will need professional grooming. Bathing can be both regular and occasional. The same applies to the use of dry shampoo. It is important to regularly check and clean the dog’s ears and eyes, as they are generally prone to infection.

Health Problems:

The Lhasa Apso is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Cherry Eye, Allergies, Patellar Luxation, Sebaceous Adenitis (SA), Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia. The Lhasa Apso has a life expectancy of 12 to 18 years.

Weight / Height:

The male Lhasa Apso dog breed’s height is around 9 – 11 inches and weighs around 13 and 15 pounds. Female Lhasa Apso dogs can reach a size from 9 – 11 inches and weighs between 13 and 15 pounds.


The Lhasa Apso typically demonstrates arrogance and stubbornness. Like all small dogs, the Lhasa can find it difficult to submit to the rules regarding cleanliness in the house. Therefore, it is recommended to keep your pet in a special box for a while. It is absolutely necessary to carry out an intensive socialization and obedience training at very young age. Education should be consistent, based on positive reinforcement and the teacher should be tenacious and patient. The Lhasa Apso will be your leader if you allow him to. For this reason, make sure to show him who is the boss.


The Lhasa Apso loves to play all sorts of games indoors. However, everyday brief walks will only benefit. The Lhasa is not suitable for living outdoors, this a small, sturdy lapdog, well suited for keeping in an apartment or condominium.

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