Lhasa ApsoThe beautiful and dignified Lhasa Apso dog breed is playful and happy yet silly and entertaining. By nature, this is not an obedient breed and they are not so eager to please you like most dog breeds.

In fact, they were bred to be indoor guard dogs and they are protective of their home. Early socialization is necessary with this breed to help them be more friendly with strangers.


The Lhasa Apso is a native dog breed to Tibet and they were guard dogs in dwellings. They were admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1935.


They were part of the Terrier group until they were reassigned to the non-sporting group of the American Kennel Club in 1959.


The Lhasa Apso is a small dog with a height of 10 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder. They can weigh 12 to 18 pounds.


There are 8 standard colors according to the AKC. The colors are black, black and tan, cream, golden, grizzle, red, red gold, and white.

They can have 6 markings of a black mask with tips, black tips, brindle, parti-color, sable, white markings, and sable white markings.


The Lhasa Apso dog breed is joyful, dignified, independent and good with older children due to their small size. They are smart and confident dogs that enjoy clowning around with their family.


They will enjoy a nice walk outside each day along with play time inside to release their energy. Training sessions will release their mental and physical energy which can include an agility course.


The average lifespan of a Lhasa Apso is 12 to 15 years of age. They tend to be prone to eye problems and allergies but most live healthy lives.


These dogs shed infrequently but will require weekly grooming to remove tangles and loose hair. Many owners keep their hair clipped shorter because the longer hair requires more grooming.

Other Grooming

Trim your dog’s nails regularly to help prevent cracking and splitting. Clean their ears once a week to keep them clean and prevent infection, and brush their teeth a few times each week.


A Lhasa Apso will respond best to positive reinforcement when training and they are food motivated. To keep your dog interested, change up training sessions with variety to prevent boredom.

Separation Anxiety

The Lhasa Apso is an independent dog breed that can do well when left alone for long periods of time. These dogs will be fine at home while you are away at work.

Lhasa Apso laying in grassRescue

If you are interested in the Lhasa Apso dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption. Search for a Lhasa Apso rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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