The Lhasa Apso!

The Lhasa Apso is a handsome dog and is also known as the Lhasa Terrier. It is a small dog with a rich, long, straight, and silky fur that gives it a darling and graceful appearance. This double coat drapes over its entire body down the floor, and over its face including eyes thus giving it a truly charming shaggy appearance. Interestingly, this coat changes color as it ages. The colors range from gold, cream, and honey to smoke, dark grizzle, slate, and a combination of brown, white and black. The often concealed eyes are small, dark, and deep-set. Its nose is black; its ears hanging and heavily feathered.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
15-18 years

Energy Level:
Mild and laid back.

Living Conditions:
Very flexible. Apartment life is fine.

Can be above average.

Exercise Needs:
Daily walk or yard play.

Breed Group:


10 to 11 inches

13 to 15 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Gold, cream, and honey

National breed club:
The American Lhasa Apso Club

Lhasa Apso Skills

The name Lhasa was derived from a sacred city in Tibet. It is said that this breed guarded the monasteries 2,000 years ago. It was even believed that the Lhasas were reincarnations of their masters, the Dalai Lamas. This breed was introduced in Britain in the 1920s and in the US in the 1930s as a gift to visiting foreign diplomats. The Lhasa Apso is considered a sacred breed and a useful watchdog.

Lhasa Apso Personality

The Lhasa Apso is a lively dog with an assertive mind and lively disposition. It is a smart dog that knows how to respond well to motivational training. It is also a great watchdog, for it has a keen hearing sense and barks appropriately with its deep woof. It is protective and naturally suspicious of strangers. However, it is a generally friendly dog. To its human family, it is incredibly affectionate and loyal but demands a dominant owner for it can be very strong-willed. It also loves to be with its humans but can get irritated when startled and disturbed. As a sign of its intelligent judgement, it will not tolerate abusive children.

Exercise Needs

The Lhasa Apso does not require rigorous exercise. Just average leash-free run and play will do.

Living Conditions

The Lhasa Apso will live happily in an apartment. It is active and playful indoors and therefore does not require a yard even.

Grooming Requirements

The coat, especially for those acquiring full length, should be brushed and combed at least once a day. This will prevent it from getting tangled and matted. Professional grooming will greatly help in these tasks. Hence, most owners prefer shorter coats through regular trimming and cutting. The Lhasa Apso is considered an average shedder.

Health Issues

The Lhasa Apso is a generally hardy breed but can be prone to skin irritations from fleas and other parasites. Other minor health concerns include slight tendency to get hip dysplasia, kidney problems, eye problems, as well as bleeding ulcers.

If you liked this dog…

...for its crowning coat and petite looks, the Old English Sheepdog will also catch your interest. Its coat is fluffier than the Lhasa Apso, thus its look somewhat tousled effect.

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