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Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso

Country of Origin: Tibet

Group: Companion and Toy Dogs

Section: Tibetan breeds

Original Function: companion, watchdog

Todays Function: companion

Dimension Male: 25-28 cm

Dimension Female: 25-28 cm

Weight Male: 5,9-6,8 kg

Weight Female: 5,9-6,8 kg

Litter Size: 4-5 puppies

Life span: 12-14 years

Other Names: Apso Seng Kyi

Colors: Solid golden, sandy, honey, red, dark grizzle, slate or smoke, black, parti color, white, brown, and

Living: Lhasa apso"s can live in houses or apartments in the country or city. they predominantly live indoor



The Lhasa Apso has a long, heavy, double coat, draping over his entire body to the floor. This shaggy little dog looks like a small version of the Old English Sheepdog. Gold, cream, and honey are the most popular colors, but the coat also comes in smoke, dark-grizzle, slate and a multi-color assortment of brown, white & black. It is common for a Lhasa Apso puppy"s coat to change colors as it grows. The coat is straight, hard and heavy, but not silky. The hair should cascade from the head over its eyes. It should have a dark beard and mustache, and a muzzle that is medium-length, but not square. It has small, dark, deep-set eyes and heavy feathered ears. Its neck has an abundant scarf of hair and its tail is feathered and carried over its back.


Despite its lap-dog appearance, the Lhasa is a tough character. It is independent, stubborn and bold. Although it is eager for a romp or game, it will be happy as long as it is given exercise. It will also happily snooze beside its owner. These characteristics make it an excellent small companion in adventure. It is somewhat reserved with strangers.


The Lhasa is an active dog, but its relatively small size makes it possible to meet its energy needs either with short walks or vigorous play sessions in the yard, or even home. It makes a fine apartment dog. It is not suited for outdoor living. The long coat needs brushing and combing every other day.


The long coat parts at the spine and falls straight on either side. No trimming or stripping is needed, although when in full coat, they need to be brushed about once a day to keep their coats from matting. Some owners opt to cut the coats short for easie


Major concerns: none

Minor concerns: patellar luxation, entropion, distichiasis, PRA, renal cortical hypoplasia

Occasionally seen: CHD, urolithiasis, vWD

Suggested tests: knee, eye