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Lhasa Apso

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Up to 11 inches (to shoulder)


Male and female up to 15.4lbs


Between 12-14 years


The Lhasa Apso dates back over 2,000 years and was considered a sacred animal by Tibetan monks.

Back then, this breed would guard treasure belonging to the Buddha, as well as attend rituals.

It was first named ‘fluffy lion’ due to its fur and original character.

The first dogs of this breed type appeared around 1922, when explorers took the dogs to accompany them on climbs because they are alert and can feel dangers of avalanches.


Lhasa Apsos are small, sturdy dogs with a beard, whiskers and a big nose. Their fur can be of medium length and a range of shades including red, gold, cream, grey and black.

Their skulls are narrow and straight, with a medium-sized muzzle and they have hazel-coloured eyes.


Jolly by nature, Lhasa Apsos are devoted to their owners, getting on well with children and generally accepting of other dogs. This type of dog makes an excellent companion.

While they are very loyal to their owners, they are quick to let owners know if they don’t want to do something. They will lie flat on the ground or refuse to walk forward.

Things to watch out for

While they are an intelligent breed, house training puppies is essential and requires consistency.

This breed can take up a lot of time to groom, as the fur needs to be brushed at least once a week to prevent it getting tangled. Lhasa Apsos shed their hair slowly but continuously.

Is a Lhasa Apso good for me?

If you are interested in training and socialising your dog, then the Lhasa Apso would be a great choice for you.

This breed are lively and independent dogs, who can respond to instructions. They do make excellent companions, so if you are looking for a pet, they could be great for a family home.

Did you know?

As descendants from the Himalayas, Lhasa Apsos have double coats – an undercoat for warmth and an outer coat for protection.

Keep your Lhasa Apso safe and protected with our dog insurance. You can find more information here.