The Lhasa Apso is often said to be lively, clever, confident, elegant, and protective. They bring joy to so many people and their owners love having them around. This small dog may often be called by the name of Bark Lion Sentinel Dog, rather than its common breed name of Lhasa Apso. When we think about dogs, we often do not think of their blood line or where they came from, the Lhasa Apso descends from Puli and Pumi. The Lhasa Apso can live anywhere from 12 to 15 years, giving everyone around them a lasting experience with their lively, clever, confident, elegant, and protective personality! According the the American Kennel Club, the Lhasa Apso is part of the Non-sporting breed group, which allows you to find other dogs that are similar to them. Many people have found that they love the Lhasa Apso while others have not found this dog to be as great. The Lhasa Apso may be the perfect dog for your lifestyle, continue reading to learn more and help you decide if this is the small dog for you!

Body Characteristics

The Lhasa Apso is a hardy, sturdy body that\’s length is longer than height, and long hanging ears small dog with a Long length tail that could be the perfect addition to your family! The Lhasa Apso can be as short as 9in or up to as big as 11in, making it the perfect size! While weighing between 12lbs to 15lbs, the Lhasa Apso may be just the small dog breed that you are looking for. Those who are looking for a small dog with a Long, dense and straight double coat type coat, should look no further because this is the dog for them. Those who are looking at this small dog will find the Lhasa Apso with a beautiful coat in the colors of many colors, including honey, black, white, slate, or or parti-color.


When searching for a dog, many people want to be able to train them fast and easy, the Lhasa Apso dog is not the best choice for those who do not want to put in the effort. The Lhasa Apso is right in the middle of being easy and difficult to train, so it will be able to learn the important things that it needs to know. The Lhasa Apso is the type of dog that can go from playful and crazy to calm and lazy, which can be a great benefit for your family. The Lhasa Apso would much rather lay at your feet than chase a ball all day, lazy is its middle name! The Lhasa Apso is above average in affection, it will want to spend most of its time with you but may want to be left alone from time to time. The Lhasa Apso can tolerate children on occasion, however it is not recommended to place this dog in a home where children reside. The Lhasa Apso is average with new people, as a result it may either love them or hate them, it is hard to tell what will make the difference. The Lhasa Apso is a wonderful watch dog, you can sleep safe knowing that this small dog will let you know when there is danger. The Lhasa Apso may not prefer to be around other dogs, but it is possible with time and patience that it can grow to like the other dogs around. The Lhasa Apso may grow to be best friends with cats, however, it will be very wary of them at first.


The Lhasa Apso is average when it comes to shedding, it sheds a moderate amount that will not be too hard to tolerate. When it comes to allergies, the Lhasa Apso is not a good choice to bring into a home with those who are allergic. The Lhasa Apso requires a lot of grooming for its Long dense and straight double coat coat, you will spend quite a bit of money and time on doing this. The Lhasa Apso is below average when it comes to health, thus it may require a lot of vet visits to keep it from getting sick. Some of the health issues that you may be faced with when you welcome the Lhasa Apso into your life include Cherry Eye, Allergies, and Patellar Luxation. The Lhasa Apso, like all dogs, will need to have routine visits to the vet and groomer, the upkeep for this dog is $1400 per year.