Lhasa Apso

Easy to Train

3 stars review

Good with kids

4 stars review


2 stars review

Heat tolerance

3 stars review

Cold tolerance

4 stars review


3 stars review


3 stars review

Lhasa Apso Personality traits and Temperament

They are happy, jovial and mischievous dogs who adore their owners. But do not let their size fool you as they can be feistier than any bigger dog you know. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are very protective of them. They are very observant dogs and often enjoy the vantage points in the house where they could view all that is going around them. They are good apartment dogs and are content to live indoors with only moderate exercise. They enjoy a good play session and short walks on a leash.

They are very attached to the family and like to hang around with the family often cuddling with them. They make excellent lap dogs. They are very social dogs and easily befriend visitors. But they will keep their distance till it is made clear that the guest is welcome and means no harm. This makes them very good guard dogs.

They are good with kids especially grown up ones who know how to handle them. They don’t like to be pulled by the ears and tails and may tend to nip at smaller children when they are hurt. They are extremely friendly with other dogs and cats and can co-exist peacefully with them.

The Apso’s also like to pursue their own interests and is not the clingy type of dog. They can keep themselves entertained even if the owners are not around. They are extremely intelligent and often seems to understand your moods and can adapt themselves in such a way that they won’t be a bother.

Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding

As originated from the extremely cold weather of the Himalayas, the dog has a double coat, the undercoat, which is soft, sheds out once in an year; the outer coat, consisted of coarse outer guard hairs, normally does not shed. Keeping the Lhasa coat gorgeous, however, is time-consuming and difficult. Regular, even daily, brushing and combing are necessary. This breed looks good in a “puppy clip.” Apso dogs are generally considered as low to medium shedding breeds of dogs when they are properly managed. Frequent bathing is required atleast once in 2 weeks.

Brush your Lhasa’s teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath. Trim his nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn’t wear them down naturally.

Size and Characteristics

Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $500-$600

Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12-14 YEARS

Weight: 12-18 pounds

Height: 10-11 inches

Colors: Black, Golden, Sandy, Honey, Dark Grizzle, Brown

How to Train this dog

Lhasa Apsos are trainable and they responds to exercise and discipline with a very calm assertive energy and enjoys training. These dogs should be socialized with people and other dogs from very young age. House training can be difficult and crate training is recommended. Train them with patience and positive reinforcement techniques, and be firm and consistent in what you ask of them. This is a breed that is easily bored. Keep training sessions short and fun.

Health Issues and Food

Diet: They need good, natural nutritious dog food, and not processed, cooked, dried or human food. A

Allergies: May be prone to skin allergies and also allergies from processed foods and fillers from dry food

Health problems: This breed is known to suffer from a only a few health problems, Sebacious adenitis, a hereditary skin disease has been reported in these dogs.

They are also known to suffer from another genetic disease (heritable to offspring) ie., Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which may render them blind, therefore being a responsible breeder their breeding dogs should be checked yearly by a canine ophthalmologist. Lhasa Apso dogs are also prone to eye diseases, such as Cherry eye and Keratoconjuntivitis Sicca (KCS or dry eye syndrome).

Mixed breeds

Shih Apso is a cross between the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso. These cute dogs are a favourite among many people not only for their sweet toy-like looks but also for its charming and friendly nature.

Pughasa s a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Pug. The Pughasa will willingly and happily lounge with its owner, sometimes yapping and teasing mischievously to catch attention. It enjoys games and will love the combination of the spotlight and laughter when it plays.

Silky-Lhasa is a cross breed between Lhasa Apso and Silky Terrier. The Silky-Lhasa is a loving, very affectionate, fun-loving and playful. They have a very pleasing personality that everybody loves.

Best female and male dog names

You can name your Lhasa Apso as Banjo or Diesel if he is a male and Honey or Sadie if she is a female.

How to adopt this dog

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Pictures and Videos

 Lhasa Apso puppy

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