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Lhasa Apso

Breed Characteristics

Needs plenty of attention but less than other small breeds. Small as he is, he is not in the Toy Group and does not have a “toy” personality. Protective of his family, sometimes too much so. Acute hearing. Can handle cold weather. Good as a family dog or companion for one person.

Is the Lhasa Apso approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Tibet, antiquity.

Original Purpose

Indoor watchdog; companion.

Behaviour and Temperament

Creative, playful, bold, loyal, companionable, independent.

What are some Physical Features of the Lhasa Apso?

10 to 11 in (25.5 to 28 cm); 14 to 16 lb (6.5 to 7.5 kg). Any color: golden, dark grizzle, black, parti-color, sandy, honey, white, brown are all acceptable.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Long (floor length), hard, straight, heavy. Very high maintenance required; brushing every other day; lots of shampooing to bring out the shine. The hair over the eyes was protective against Tibetan winds but serves little purpose now. The coat is parted in the middle. Pet owners often have their dogs clipped and tie the hair back. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Lhasa Apso

12 to 15 years.

Have a Lhasa Apso?

Health Concerns


Exercise Needs

Low to moderate.


Adaptable to any living situation; can be noisy.


All right with older children if they are well behaved; some are snappish with toddlers. Reserved or very wary with strangers. Not always good with other dogs; good with other pets.


Low; responds to positive reinforcement; needs a lot of repetition.

Recommended Activities

Companion, obedience.