Lhasa Apso


Lhasa Apsos can trace their roots to the sacred city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. There, in and around 800 B.C., it’s believed these fearless and assertive dogs were raised by monks from Tibetan monasteries.
They were traditionally kept indoors as a second line of defense against intruders, using their keen hearing to alert the monks of any break-ins.
After World War II, several of them were imported from China and, in the early 1930s, the breed eventually found its way to America.
The original monks who kept these sweet little dogs believed that to be in the presence of a Lhasa Apso was to be blessed with good fortune. We couldn’t agree more.

Breed Insights

Stubborn tendencies may be lessened by using reward-based training involving small treats.
They can be wary or shy around strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.
Intelligent, watchful, alert, and independent dogs. As good watchdogs, they may bark.
Lhasa Apsos are moderately active dogs and since they are small do well in apartments.

Height: 10 – 11 in

Show Weight: 9 – 16 lb

Pet Weight: 9 – 19 lb