Lhasa Apso Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Lhasa Apso so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Tibet flag Tibet
Other Names
What other names does the Lhasa Apso have?
Lion Dog Lhasa
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Lhasa Apso Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Lhasa Apso puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Lhasa Apso, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Lhasa Apso for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Lhasa Apso gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Lhasa Apso?
Very frequent: The Lhasa Apso is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Lhasa Apso Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Lhasa Apso weigh? Lhasa Apso weight:
13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Lhasa Apso? Lhasa Apso average weight:
14 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Lhasa Apso? Lhasa Apso height:
10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Lhasa Apso average height:
10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Lhasa Apso Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Lhasa Apso have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Lhasa Apso's coat?
Red Yellow Brown White Black
Grooming
How to groom the Lhasa Apso and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Lhasa Apso requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Lhasa Apso is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Lhasa Apso dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Lion Dog?
Lhasa Apsos shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Lhasa Apso breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Lhasa Apso need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Lhasa Apso every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Lhasa Apso Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Lhasa Apso have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Spirited Assertive Friendly Lively Playful Steady
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Lhasa Apso? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Lhasa Apso obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Lhasa Apso dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Lhasa Apso sensitivity:
Sensitive: Lhasa Apsos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Lhasa Apsos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Lion Dog need? Lhasa Apso social needs:
Lhasa Apsos need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Lhasa Apso dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Lion Dog bark?
A lot: Lhasa Apso is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Lhasa Apso good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Lhasa Apso dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Lhasa Apso bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Lion Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Lhasa Apso? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Lhasa Apso has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Lhasa Apso has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Lhasa Apso bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Lhasa Apso do?
Lhasa Apsos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Lhasa Apsos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Lhasa Apso to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Lhasa Apso roam?
Lhasa Apsos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Lhasa Apso have high prey drive?
Lhasa Apsos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Lhasa Apsos are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Lhasa Apso good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Lhasa Apso breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Lhasa Apso Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Lhasa Apso temperament with other people:
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Lhasa Apso dogs get along with other pets? Are Lhasa Apso dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Lhasa Apso dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Lhasa Apso temperament with children:
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Lhasa Apso dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Lhasa Apso good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Lhasa Apso dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Lhasa Apso can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Lhasa Apso breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Lhasa Apsos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Lhasa Apsos good office dogs? Do Lhasa Apsos make good office friendly dogs? Can Lhasa Apsos be office dogs?
No
Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Lhasa Apso dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Lion Dog temperament with senior people? Are Lhasa Apso dogs good for elderly owners?
Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Lhasa Apso Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Lhasa Apso dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Lhasa Apsos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Lhasa Apso breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Lhasa Apso breed? Most common health risks of Lhasa Apso:
Allergies Cherry Eye Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Lhasa Apso breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Lhasa Apso see the vet?
Frequent
The Lhasa Apso should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Lhasa Apso dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Lhasa Apso be? What is the age limit of the Lhasa Apso? How many years can the oldest Lhasa Apso live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Lhasa Apso: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Lhasa Apso breed hypoallergenic?
No
Lhasa Apsos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Lhasa Apso have? What is the activity level of the Lhasa Apso?
Lhasa Apsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Lhasa Apso dogs require per day?
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Lhasa Apsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Lhasa Apso need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Lhasa Apso risk for obesity:
Average: The Lhasa Apso has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Lhasa Apso's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Lhasa Apso has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Lhasa Apso drool?
The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Lhasa Apso could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Lhasa Apso. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Lhasa Apso As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Lhasa Apso be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Lhasa Apso is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Lhasa Apso be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Lhasa Apso be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Lhasa Apso is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Lhasa Apso be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Lhasa Apso is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Lhasa Apso be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Lhasa Apso is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Lhasa Apso be a boat dog?

Not really

Lhasa Apso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Lhasa Apso be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Lhasa Apso is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Lhasa Apso dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Lhasa Apso Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Lhasa Apso: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Lhasa Apso have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Lhasa Apso Recognition

AKC Group
Is Lhasa Apso recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Lhasa Apso recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Lhasa Apso breed?
American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Australian National Kennel Council Canadian Canine Registry Canadian Kennel Club Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc.

Lhasa Apso Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Lhasa Apso breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Lhasa Apsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Lhasa Apsos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Lhasa Apsos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Lhasa Apsos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Lhasa Apsos shed above average.
  • Office Friendly: Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Lhasa Apso History

The Lhasa Apso is originated from the Tibet and evolved perfectly for the harsh climate of the Himalayas, around 800 B.C., which makes it one of the oldest recognized breeds in the world. Researchers have proven that the Lhasa is one of the breeds that is closely related to the ancestral wolf such as; Akita, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, and many others. The breed takes its name from the holy city of Lhasa and for thousands of years it was bred by nobility and monks and their task was to guard and protect the Buddhist monasteries therefore considered sacred. In their home country, they are also known as “Aspo Seng Kyi”, meaning “Bearded Lion Dog”. According to research, these little dogs were highly prized as people believed that the bodies of the dogs could be entered by the human soul, after death, while they awaited reincarnation into a new body. However, the only way to get a Lhasa back in the times was as a gift, and one could not buy one.

From the beginning of the Manchu Dynasty in the 16th century until as recently as 1908, the Dalai Lama sent Lhasas as gifts to the Emperor of China and members of the imperial family because they were thought to bring them good luck and prosperity.

The breed first entered the West in the early 20th century and was recognized as the ‘Lhasa Terrier’ by the Kennel Club in London in 1908 but the First World War had its effect on breeding. However, the ‘original’ American pair of Lhasas was actually a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, to C. Suydam Cutting, a known world traveler, and naturalist, who arrived in the United States in 1933. Mr. Cutting, later on, received another pair of Lhasas from the Tiber and their Hamilton Farms’ Lhasa Apsos were extremely important in establishing the breed in the United States. Two years later, in 1935, the American Kennel Club accepted the breed as the Lhasa Terrier but was re-named Lhasa Apso in 1944. Not much later in 1959, the breed was moved from the terrier group to the non-sporting group.

Today the breed has kind of lost its sentinel status to take its place as a popular show dog and household pet but the little Lhasas still retain the behavior traits that once made them trusted sentinels.

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Lhasa Apso Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • lhasa apso

    Mar 9, 2022, 11:32:15 AM:

    I had one named Koda for a first time owner they are so friendly with your family but wont stay quiet if a stranger enters. People think they can be left alone but no they cant. Plus they are super duper cute

  • dang

    Feb 7, 2022, 5:12:08 AM:

    Lhasa Apso is good for first time owners I tested

  • nia

    Jan 13, 2022, 4:43:12 AM:

    i had one named zoe she was amazing

  • Poppy

    Jan 13, 2022, 4:42:11 AM:

    they are the best