Lhasa Apso Dog Breed

A thousand years ago, a breed of dog called the Lhasa Apso was developed in the Himalayan Mountains to protect remote palaces and monasteries.


The Lhasa Apso is a petite, tough dog with a long, luxuriant coat that is happy, forceful, and clownish. This breed has intellect, keen hearing, and the ability to recognise friends from strangers, staying true to its sentinel heritage.

Lhasa Apsos thrive in environments with adults and older kids. They like taking daily walks and respond well to constructive training.


The floor-length, gorgeous coat of the Lhasa Apso, a Non-Sporting breed, is worn divided down the middle and drapes the body on both sides. His tail curls over his back, a plume of long, luscious hair.


12 to 15 years

Colour Collection

The Lhasa Apso’s coat can be white, cream, grizzle, red, or tan, among other solid hues. Another option is a black and tan colour scheme.

Hair fall

Although Lhasa Apsos rarely shed, their lengthy hair does need additional attention. Owners have the option of cutting their dog’s hair short or leaving it long.

Lhasas with a puppy cut should be bathed in between trips to the groomer and brushed two to three times per week. Long-haired Lhasas should follow the same brushing regimen and get baths every two weeks.


The Lhasa Apso is typically strong and wholesome. Hereditary kidney failure is the breed’s most serious health issue, although because of responsible breeding, it is extremely unlikely that a qualified breeder will provide a puppy with the condition to a family.

Breed History

A thousand years ago, these little, regal dogs, known as Lhasa Apsos, guarded castles and Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan foothills. The name of Tibet’s capital is Lhasa.

This breed has been associated with the Dalai Lama for many years. In fact, when he donated two Lhasa Apsos to American Charles Suydam Cutting as a gift, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama personally assisted in bringing the breed to the US.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) accepted the Lhasa Apso in 1935.


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