Lhasa Apso

History of Breed

The Lhasa Apso is an ancient dog breed which was first developed in Tibet from the Tibetan Terrier. This breed was highly regarded for its watchdog skills in palaces and monasteries. It is a very alert dog who is not distracted easily. Today’s Lhasa Apso is no longer a palace guard but primarily a loving and easy-going family companion.


Personality and Temperament

The Lhasa Apso is a friendly, playful and at times mischievous dog. They love to explore and are fun to be around. They are eager for your attention and enjoy the company of their family. They have warm demeanors and are easy to approach. This breed does make a good family pet and is not known for aggressive behavior.


Appearance and Grooming

The Lhasa Apso has a gorgeous thick, long and dense coat. This breed comes in many colors, including honey, black, white, and slate. Daily brushing is a very important part of this dog’s care routine which will help to keep this dog looking and feeling his best. Weekly to bi-weekly baths are suggested and will allow for a shiny and healthy coat.


Care and Feeding

The Lhasa Apso is a semi-energetic dog that benefits from a healthy diet. A balance of meat-based protein and micronutrients, as well as healthy carbs and fats, will keep your Lhasa Apso feeling and looking his best. Many Lhasa Apso owners recommend feeding this breed two meals each day, spaced about twelve hours apart. This will help to ensure the dog is provided with the proper nutrients he needs. It is also crucial to remember to provide your dog with proper dental care. It is suggested that his teeth get cleaned a minimum of three times a week. Failing to keep his teeth clean can contribute to health issues. Although properly cleaning his teeth will take some practice to get good at, in time, this will become easier for you and your pup.


Breed Size and Life Expectancy

  • The Lhasa Apso stands between nine and eleven inches tall.
  • This breed weighs between twelve to fifteen pounds.
  • The average life expectancy for this breed is between twelve and fifteen years.

Interesting Breed Facts

Fact: This breed makes a great companion dog and loves to play.

Fact: This breed does tend to do well with other pets in the household.

Fact: This breed does best with one-on-one training beginning at a young age.


Petland is honored to offer first-class Lhasa Apso puppies, and our caring team of puppy specialists will help answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to helping you find your next family member. Our pet counselors can answer any questions you have about our Lhasa Apso puppies.


Ten Top Frequently Asked Questions About the Lhasa Apso

Are Lhasa Apsos suitable for first-time dog owners?

No. They are challenging to train due to their tenacious temperament. 

How often should Lhasa Apsos be groomed?

They require regular combing, brushing, and bathing at least two times every week. A Lhasa Apso with soft overcoat and undercoat will require more grooming than one with a thick outer coat and less undercoat.

Do Lhasa Apsos shed hair?

Yes. Like humans, they shed hair gradually and continually. 

Do Lhasa Apsos bark a lot?

Yes. This breed is highly vocal as they were initially bred as domestic alarms.

Are Lhasa Apsos sensitive?

Lhasa Apsos are highly sensitive. They appreciate regularity and do not like a lot of visitors. They are also very emotive as they mirror their owners’ emotions. They do not like being reprimanded.

What is Lhasa Apsos average height?

A Lhasa Apso can grow as tall as 26.5cm (10.5 inches).

Are Lhasa Apsos good with children?

As a peaceful breed, they are not suitable for families with young and disorderly children. They prefer older children who can handle them correctly.

What is Lhasa Apsos average weight? 

The average Lhasa Apso weighs about fourteen pounds (six to seven kilograms.)   

What is the Lhasa Apso life expectancy?

The Lhasa Apso has a lifespan of twelve to fifteen years.

Are Lhasa Apsos cat-friendly?

Lhasa Apsos are cat lovers.

If you’re looking for an incredibly intelligent, playful, and affectionate dog, then the Lhasa Apso is worth your while.