Lhasa Apso


The Lhasa Apso is a breed most known for its long and straight coat. The coat covers the dog completely and is most profuse at the neck, legs, and tail. It has a compact body that is strong and fast. Its head and muzzle are average in size and length. Its facial features are small.


The Lhasa Apso is generally a sociable breed. The exception is when it encounters other dogs. In this situation it can become aggressive. It is best that this breed is the only pet in the house. This breed may greet visitors with barking or with suspicion, or both. It has a gentle nature, but often is not patient enough for very young children. The bred generally reserves its affection for its owner, but is friendly to its entire family. Since the breed barks, it is a good watchdog.

Height and Weight

The Lhasa Apso has an average height of 10-11 inches and an average weight of 13-15 pounds.

Health Problems

The Lhasa Apso tends to remain in good health its entire life. The breed may develop problems with its skin, but this can usually be prevented by grooming the coat on a regular basis. Some types may develop problems with its kidney and eyes. Hip dysplasia also occurs in some types.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Lhasa Apso is suitable for small living conditions. If it resides in an apartment it will remain active, yet it will not usually become destructive. The breed enjoys human contact and will appreciate living indoors. If it resides outside, it should be kept within an average size fence.


The Lhasa Apso is an active breed that in most cases will get sufficient exercise through its own efforts. However, it is recommended that the breed have at least a daily walk.

Life Expectancy

The Lhasa Apso tends to live for many years. It has an average life expectancy of 15 years. It is not uncommon for this breed to live as many as 20 years.

Litter Size

The Lhasa Apso has an average of 4 puppies.


The Lhasa Apso has a nice coat, but it takes some work to keep it in good shape. At the very minimum, the coat should be brushed on a daily basis. Brushing helps to keep the coat smooth and prevent it from becoming matted and/or tangled. During shedding season the coat may need brushing several times a day.






The majority of Lhasa Apsos are a light brown color. Other acceptable colors include white, blue, and black. The coat may have some light black markings.