Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Information


Lhasa Apso Quick Facts
Lhasa Apso
Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Origen: Tibet
Nickname: Lhasa
Weight: 13-15 lbs
Height: 10-11 inches
Color(s): black, white, brown, gray, cream or particolor


Lhasa Apso Appearance

The Lhasa Apso is one of the three companion breed originated in Tibet and were considered sacred and good luck to their owners. The Lhasa Apso have a very sweet and innocent expression. They are small but hardy dog, longer than it is tall. It has a medium-length muzzle that is about one-third the length of the head.

The eyes are dark brown and the nose is black. The ears are pendant and the feet are round, catlike with an abundance of hair. The tail is carried over its back and has a kink at the end. The coat is heavy, with straight and long hair that is parted down the middle from the nose to the tail. The color of the Lhasa Apso can vary, and the most popular are ring, Gold, cream, and honey. They are generally 10 to 11 inches and weigh between 15 and 20 lbs.

Lhasa Apso Temperament

The Lhasa Apso is intelligent, energetic and friendly. Despite its lapdog appearance, the Lhapsa Apso is a tough character. It is independent, stubborn can be manipulative, obstinate, and dominant. Although it is eager for a romp or game, it will be happy as long as it is given exercise. This breed responds well to motivational training.

They have intense sense of hearing, and make good watch dogs and make an excellent companion. These dogs require socialization with dogs and other people when puppies and throughout their lives. Is not proper socialized they will become nervous and untrustworthy with strangers and children, and inclined to fight with other dogs.

Is Lhasa Apso the Right Dog Breed for You?

These dogs are good for apartment living. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Lhasa Apso need a daily walk. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard.  They enjoy living with adults or families with older children.

Lhasa Apso Life Expentancy

The life expectancy of the Lhasa Apso is around 12-14 years.

Lhasa Apso Health problems

The Lhasa Apso is generally a very healthy dog. Major concerns is patellar luxation. Some other concerns are entropion, distichiasis, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), renal cortical hypoplasia and urinary stones.

Lhasa Apso Care and Grooming

The Lhasa Apso's is an active dog, but his relatively small size makes it possible to meet its energy needs eighter with short walks or vigorous play sections in the yard, or even inside the home. It makes a good apartment dog. It is not suited for outdoor living. The Lhapsa Apso long coat needs brushing and combing every other day to prevent tangles and mats.

Grooming requirements can be very demanding in order to keep his long coat in good condition. Dry shampoo as needed and bathe only when necessary. They are very prone to ear infections and eye problems, so check-ups and regular cleaning are important.

Lhasa Apso Shedding

The Lhasa Apso is an shed their undercoat twice a year, but the rest of the time shedding is minimal if the dog receives good grooming care.