Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a small, hardy breed with a beautiful cloak of hair that parts down the back from head to tail. Their temperament is unique: joyful and mischievous, dignified and aloof. An independent breed, the Lhasa's goal in life is not necessarily to please their master. Popular in the show ring, the breed also excels at activities that provide constant challenges, such as agility.


  • Personality: Smart, confident, complex; a family comedian, but regally aloof with strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Calm but fun-loving, Lhasas enjoy brisk walks and clowning for loved ones
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 10-11 inches (male), slightly smaller (female)
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

meet theLhasa Apso

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The Lhasa originated in Tibet.


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at aGlance

theBreed Standard

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  • Head

    Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard; skull narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one-third of the total length from nose to back of skull.

  • Body

    The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than height at withers, well ribbed up, strong loin, well-developed quarters and thighs.

  • Legs

    Forelegs straight; both forelegs and hind legs heavily furnished with hair.

  • Coat

    Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly nor silky, of good length, and very dense.

 

 

 

 

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