AKC PuppyFinder: Lhasa Apso Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Smart, confident, complex; a family comedian, but regally aloof with strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Calm but fun-loving, Lhasas enjoy brisk walks and clowning for loved ones
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 10-11 inches (male), slightly smaller (female)
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Lhasa Apso, with his long flowing coat, is about much more than looks. Although small, he's a hardy and independent dog who excels at challenges like the dog show and agility training. Your Lhasa Apso puppy comes from an ancient lineage of household protectors, so he'll do best with early socialization. With regular exercise for mind and body, he'll grow up to be a happy and amusing family member, especially with adults or older children.

History & Job
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Origin: Tibet

Year Recognized: 1935

Breed History & Job Description: This thousand-year-old breed served as sentinel dogs at palaces and Buddhist monasteries isolated high in the Himalayan Mountains. For centuries Lhasas have been associated with the Dalai Lama. In the late 1940s, dogs bred and given as gifts by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama helped establish the breed in America. In Tibetan folklore the country’s protector is the mythical Snow Lion, and Lhasas, the “bearded lion dogs,” are the Snow Lion’s earthly representatives. Lhasa is the name of Tibet’s sacred city; Apso means “longhaired dog.”

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Lhasa Apsos are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like KCS (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca or “dry eye”), cherry eye, luxating patellas, renal dysplasia, and allergies. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Lhasa Apsos are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Lhasa Apso Club
  • Breed Club Link: https://www.lhasaapso.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 71
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: American Lhasa Apso Club Rescue
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: lhasas@bkvsoap.com Helen & Scott Brown
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: (814) 624-5136
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://lhasaapsorescue.org/site/index.php
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