Lhasa Apso

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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Long
Origin Tibet
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 6 kg From 18 cm to 28 cm
Male From 5 kg to 7 kg From 20 cm to 30 cm
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History of the breed

Originally from Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was traditionally bred in Buddhist monasteries and villages surrounding Lhasa , the Tibetan capital (hence its name).

This very old breed was not introduced to Europe until the beginning of the 20th century ; the first dogs arrived in Britain in the 1920s , where a breed club for the Lhasa Apso was founded the following decade.
Resulting from the cross between the Tibetan Terrier and the Tibetan Spaniel, the Lhasa Apso saw its standard established in 1987.

Lhasa Apso Pictures

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Physical features

His hair : long, abundant, straight and hard, without being woolly or silky. The undercoat is medium.
Its color : can be golden, sand, honey, dark gray, slate, smoke, particolor (several distinct colors), black, white or brownish.
His head : the skull is moderately narrow and receding behind the eyes. Not quite flat, the head is not domed either. The stop is average.
His ears : hanging down, with abundant fringes.
His eyes : oval in shape, medium in size and dark in color, without any visible white either at the base or at the top of the eye.
His body : well-proportioned, compact, with a straight top line to the back, a strong kidney and ribs extending well back.
Its tail : well furnished with hair, it is set high and carried on the back. The tail may have a knot at its end.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Like most apartment dogs, the Lhasa Apso is often jovial, lively and very playful. Attached to his masters, he is very protective of them and shows mistrust of strangers . He also shows himself to his advantage as an alarm dog, since no intrusion escapes his surveillance.

Its characteristic bark, which is more like a larger dog, is appreciated in this area. The Lhasa Apso is suitable for children , for its playful temperament, as well as for the elderly , with whom it knows how to stay calm .

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If the Lhasa Apso has been properly educated and socialized, all should be well with his congeners and the other animals in the house. His upbringing must be firm , but fair , so as to temper his very strong protective instinct. He needs more to be praised for his good deeds than to be scolded for doing something stupid.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Lhasa Apso is truly a house dog , despite its past as a rustic dog living in the most extreme climatic conditions on the Tibetan heights. He is therefore perfectly suited to city life, can get used to being home alone while you are at work and will be very enthusiastic when going for his daily walk. The Lhasa Apso is therefore an excellent companion, while being a first-rate alarm dog.


Ease of gaining weight

Rustic and resistant, the Lhasa Apso is not particularly prone to any disease. Thanks to its very thick coat, it supports the lowest temperatures and is protected from the sun. Nevertheless, it is recommended to monitor and clean his floppy ears on a regular basis in order to prevent infections.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Lhasa Apso dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Lhasa Apso is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Lhasa Apso requires careful and regular maintenance , because the density of its hairs makes it more likely to get dirty. In dogs with very long fringes, one must be careful of the knots that tend to form.

Regular brushing of the dog with a small, soft brush is recommended. It may be necessary to provide an antistatic detangling spray , as well as a cleaning lotion for the ears . The robe of the Lhasa Apso being particularly furnished, a bath must be given to him every month or so .

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Lhasa Apso is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

900 €
950 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Lhasa Apso is between 900 € and 950 €.

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His diet is mainly composed of high quality kibble . Do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian to agree on the best possible dosage. The latter must be related to the daily energy expenditure of this canine.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Enjoying naps as much as taking walks, the Lhasa Apso needs daily outings and a little exercise to thrive.


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