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Lhasa Apso: Temperament, Origin, Training, and Exercise

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About Lhasa Apso

Country of Origin, History of Lhasa Apsos

The Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog breed that originated in Tibet. They were used as watch dogs indoors while the larger Tibetan Mastiff served as sentinels outside. The Lhasas were popular in Tibet for guarding monasteries and for alerting monks regarding any intruders who had entered their monastery.

In the early 1900s, a few of British soldiers returned home from Tibet and brought along some Lhasas. In England, the breed was called the "Lhasa Terrier".

The original American pair of Lhasas was a gift from to C. Suydam Cutting, arriving in the United States in 1933. Mr. Cutting had traveled in Tibet and met the Dalai Lama there.[13] At this time, there was only one Lhasa Apso registered in England.[14] The breed was at first called the Lhasa Terrier, later the Lhasa Apso.

It is said that, in 1933, the first pair of Lhasa Apsos arrived in the United States. They were gifted by the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. In 1935, the AKC recognized this breed as a Terrier dog.

Later in 1959, this breed was transferred to the Non-Sporting Group.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Lhasas are small but hardy dogs. They have dark brown eyes and a black or brown nose. The feathery tail should be carried well over the back.


Lhasas have a straight coat which is hard and dense. They have a double coat - an undercoat to keep them warm and an outer coat consisting of guard hairs for protection.


The long coarse hair is heavy and so Lhasa Apsos do not shed hair the same way as other breeds.This makes Lhasa Apsos suitable for people with allergies.


Lhasa Apsos come in a wide range of colors - black, white, red, and gold with various shades.


Males: 10.75 inches
Females: 9 inches


Males: 14 to 18 pounds (6.4 to 8.2 kg)
Females: 12 to 14 pounds (5.4 to 6.4 kg)

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Lhasa Apso Personality Traits

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The Lhasa Apso is a happy, lively, assertive breed that can be wary of those he doesn’t know. They have a fine sense of hearing and warn of strangers. They travel well and dislike being alone.

Their brashness and comical antics give an impression of being cuddly lapdogs. However, Lhasas are of the hardest, toughest and most strong-willed amongst the small dog breeds. They are playful on one hand. On the other, they are dignified, calm and deliberate in nature. By consistently enforcing your house rules, your Lhasa Apso can become a perfect companion.

Living Conditions:

This small dog is able to live in an apartment or small home, but loves to run and play either in the house or in a fenced yard.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Lhasa Apsos are not tolerant of children and bond to one person.

With other animals, the Lhasa can be bossy and jealous. However, with proper training, most Lhasa Apsos learn to live happily with other family pets.


They can be stubborn, so early socialization and obedience training are important.

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Lhasa Apso Activity Level

They enjoy daily walks.


Their long coat needs daily brushing and a professional grooming at least twice a year. They should be bathed once a week. This will keep up the slow continuous shedding and also remove any dirt that may get caught within the hair strands.

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Health and Care

Eye disorders, hip dysplasia, kidney disease and some skin problems are found in this breed.

Height: 10-11 inches

Weight: 13-15 lbs.

Life Expectancy

The average lifespan of Lhasa Apso dogs is 15 years.

National Breed Clubs

Group: AKC Non-Sporting Group; KCGB Utility Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 71 in AKC, 14 in KCGB

Also Known As: Lhasa

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