Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso


Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso Dog Breeds Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard; skull narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one-third of the total length from nose to back of skull.

Standing less than a foot high at the shoulder, Lhasa Apso Dog Breeds are small but hardy dogs of aristocratic bearing. They’re famous for a floor-length, flat-hanging coat, parted in the middle and draping each side of the body. A feathery tail curls over the back in the distinct manner of Tibetan breeds. The breed’s fans say the dark, oval-shaped eyes—peeping through lavish facial hair—are the windows of a Lhasa’s merry soul. The complete picture is unmistakably Asian: exotic, elegant, and serenely well balanced.

Reflecting his Tibetan heritage as an indoor sentinel on the Tibetan
Plateau, north of the Himalayan Mountains, the Lhasa Apso is a small, sturdy, well-balanced
rectangular dog of moderation possessing a level topline and a tail carried well over the back.
There should be neither exaggeration of any body parts nor hint of massive bone or body. A
distinguishing characteristic of the Lhasa Apso is its heavy, dense, double coat that is parted in
the middle from head to tail. In addition, the Lhasa Apso has good headfall and well-feathered
feet and legs as these features protected this small dog against extreme temperatures and the
rough terrain of his native land.
A Lhasa Apso is subject to the same requirement of soundness recommended for all breeds.
Structural faults are undesirable, regardless of whether or not such faults are specifically
mentioned in the standard. Any deviation from the ideal described in the standard should be
penalized to the extent of the deviation.

Reference - American Kennel Club

  • Personality: Smart, confident, complex; a family comedian, but regally aloof with strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat active; calm but fun-loving, Lhasas enjoy brisk walks and clowning for loved ones
  • Good with Children: Better with older children
  • Good with Other Dogs: With supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 10-11 inches (male), slightly smaller (female)
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years


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