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Lhasa Apso (Black & White, Standing)
Black & White, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #86

2021: #84

2020: #78

2019: #78

2018: #71

2017: #77

2016: #71

2015: #65

Name Lhasa Apso
Other names Lhasa, Lion Dog
Origin Tibet
Breed Group

Non Sporting (AKC:1935)

Companion Breeds (UKC)

Size Smallest
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years











Height 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Weight 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)






Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

Usually, the average price of a Lhasa Apso puppy from a reputable breeder is between $1,500 and $2,500, while a top-quality Lhasa Apso puppy can cost as high as $3,000. Their price depends upon the pup’s age, sex, quality, pedigree, and breeder’s location.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

These dogs are good for apartment living. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

2 stars

Lhasa Apsos need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.


5 stars

High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. No trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

Ranking: #68 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

4 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: This breed can be somewhat obstinate. Always use positive reinforcement, and never use harsh words.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Lhasa Apso Puppy (Face, Lie)
Face, Lie

Lhasa Apso Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Maggie
02 Buddy Chloe
03 Harley Coco
04 Teddy Penny
05 Oliver Lucy
06 Duke Zoey
07 Milo Olive
08 Sam Dixie
09 Oscar Abbie
10 Cody Mia
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Lhasa Apso is longer than it is tall, with a strong loin. Although the breed has never been used for purposes requiring great athleticism, it should nonetheless have a strong loin and well-developed quarters and thighs. The head is well-covered with a good fall over the eyes and good whiskers and beard, imparting a dignified, almost lionlike look. The bite should be either level or slightly undershot. The coat is heavy, straight, long and hard.

Despite its lap-dog appearance, the Lhasa is a tough character. It is independent, stubborn and bold. Although it is eager for a romp or game, it will be happy as long as it is given exercise. It will also happily snooze beside its owner. These characteristics make it an excellent small companion in adventure. It is somewhat reserved with strangers.


The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains hundreds of years ago. It's named after the sacred city of Lhasa. For years the breed remained solely bred in Tibet by holy men and nobles. It was used as a watchdog in temples and monasteries. The dog was considered sacred. The belief was that when its master died the master's soul entered the Lhasa Apso's body. The breed was not easy to come across and was hard to buy. The dogs were considered good luck to their owners. In 1933 the dogs spread to other parts of the world thanks to C. Suydam Cutting, who introduced the first Lhasas to the USA as gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama. Tibet's ruler would present them to visiting foreign diplomats. The Lhasa Apso first appeared in Britain in the 1920s and in the USA in 1930. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1935.


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