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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are named after the old capital of Tibet – Lhasa – and a Tibetan horse known for its abundant mane.

About the Lhasa Apso

Although small, Lhasa Apsos are assertive dogs that do not allow themselves to be bossed about. Their alert nature means they readily let intruders know they are around.

Lhasa Apsos are terriers in everything but name, particularly when it comes to their inquisitive, confident and sociable nature. The word terrier doesn’t appear in their name to avoid confusion with Tibetan Terriers.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 9, AKC Non-Sporting Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Friendly / Assertive / Alert / Even-tempered / Reserved

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Garden not essential
  • Makes a great watchdog

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