Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:High
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Occasional walks
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, most will get on with gentle and considerate kids
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, vWD
  • Weight:13-15 lbs
  • Height:10-11 inches
  • Coat Colour:Black, white, brown, gray, cream or parti-colour

Lhasa Apso Coat

The Lhasa Apso has a heavy double-coat that is draped over the entire body. Their long coat serves as an insulation barrier, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The coat grows to floor length, even covering the eyes, which are protected by long eyelashes. The texture of the coat is neither soft nor silky. The Lhasa coat colors include gold, smoke, parti, and slate. They are average shedders.

Lhasa Apso Character

The Lhasa Apso is a hardy and vigorous breed. They are wary and suspicious of strangers. They exude an air of dignity and also comedy. They are considered to be one of the most affectionate breeds with their main function as that of a companion.

Lhasa Apso Temperament

The Lhasa Apso displays a dual temperament. They are highly expressive of their love and devotion, but have a mind of their own and want everything their way. They are lively and spirited with spontaneous gaiety. The Lhasa is not recommended for families with small children, or in homes where there are rough or ill behaved children. They make excellent watchdogs because of their heightened sense of hearing. They prefer to be the only pet and thrive on attention. They do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. For this reason they are not well suited for a two career family. They have a tendency to bite if angered or surprised.

Lhasa Apso Care

The Lhasa Apso requires daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats. Their coat, if grown long, is extremely high maintenance. They may be bathed or dry shampooed on a regular basis or as necessary. They are very prone to ear infections and eye problems, so check-ups and regular cleaning are important. The Lhasa is susceptible to skin problems if not kept free of parasites. Kidney disease is the most serious health problem found in this breed.

Lhasa Apso Activity

The Lhasa Apso loves to play indoor games and is quite rambunctious, which largely meets their exercise needs. However, they benefit from outdoor excursions such as a daily walk. They are not suited for outdoor life, so even a small yard is unnecessary. The Lhasa is an excellent apartment and condominium dweller.

Lhasa Apso Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Lhasa Apso is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems and disorders that are linked to this breed. Some of these include luxating patella, entropion, HD, PRA, vWD, spinal problems, cataracts, allergies, bladder stones, and skin problems. The parents of the Lhasa Apso puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.