Lhasa Apso

Non-Sporting Group

Lhasa Apso dog sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

9-11 in

Weight

12-15 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Lhasa Apso originated on the Himalayan Plateau in Tibet, potentially as long ago as 800 B.C.. For hundreds of years, they were bred exclusively by nobility and monks in monasteries to act as an inside guard and protector. The Lhasa Apso was considered sacred because of its association with temples. According to Tibetan folklore, the protector of the country is a snow lion and Lhasa Apsos were believed to be representations of this protector. It was also believed that the soul of a deceased lama could enter the body of a Lhasa Apso as it awaited reincarnation into a new human body.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Lhasa Apsos will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

 

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Happy, comical, playful, and mischievous

Slow to mature and take about 3 years to grow out of "puppyhood"

Tend to bond with adults more than children

Independent and may be stubborn if they aren't in the mood

Natural protectors that are fierce, skeptical of strangers, and prone to barking at everything