Lhasa Apso

USD $500-$700 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 77
Origin Tibet
Other Names Lhasa, Lion Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$700
How much does it cost to purchase a Lhasa Apso?
The price of a Lhasa Apso will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $500 to $700 per Lhasa Apso if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Lhasa Apso through a shelter.
Size Small
Weight 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)
Height 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Non-Sporting breed. And FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Purpose Companion, Temple and Monastery Guardians
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Terrier, Wolf-like Dog

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense
Coat Colors Black, Brown, Red, White, Yellow
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brindle, Brown, Cream, Fawn, Gray, Red, Sable, Silver, White
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Dematter, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Assertive, Dedicated, Devoted, Friendly, Intelligent, Lively, Obedient, Playful, Spirited, Sportive, Steady, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Cherry Eye, Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Patellar Luxation, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Sebaceous Adenitis
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1.3 cups
Daily Cost $1.00 - $1.30
Monthly Cost $30.00 - $37.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Lhasa Apso have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Lhasa Apso is a small, long-haired breed of dog that originated in Tibet. They are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and affectionate nature. The Lhasa Apso has a distinctive appearance with its long coat and large eyes. It is also known for its independent spirit and strong will.

Appearance: The Lhasa Apso has a long double coat that can be either straight or wavy. Its coat can come in many colors including black, white, cream, gray, red, gold and silver. The breed also has a distinctive face with large eyes and ears that stand erect on the head. Its tail is usually carried over the back when it is alert or excited.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Lhasa Apso is 12 to 15 years when properly cared for.

Size & Weight: The average size of an adult Lhasa Apso is 10 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 12 to 18 pounds (5 to 8 kg).

Colors: As mentioned above, the breed comes in many colors including black, white, cream, gray, red gold and silver.

Personality: The Lhasa Apso is an intelligent breed that loves attention from its owners but can also be independent at times. They are loyal companions who enjoy being around people but can be wary of strangers if not socialized properly as puppies. They are also known for their strong will which makes them difficult to train but they do respond well to positive reinforcement methods such as treats or praise when they do something correctly.

Friendliness with Other Dogs & Animals: Generally speaking the Lhasa Apso gets along well with other dogs if socialized properly from an early age however they may become territorial if not given enough attention or exercise by their owners so it’s important to make sure they get plenty of both! As far as other animals go they tend to get along fine with cats if raised together however caution should still be taken when introducing them into homes where there are already existing pets present as some individuals may still show aggression towards them due to their territorial nature!

Temperament: The temperament of the Lhasa Apso varies depending on individual personalities however generally speaking they tend to be friendly yet independent dogs who love spending time with their owners but don’t necessarily need constant attention like some breeds do! They are also quite alert which makes them good watchdogs although this trait can sometimes lead them into barking excessively so it’s important for owners to train them properly from an early age in order to prevent this behavior from becoming too much of a problem later on down the line!

Health: Generally speaking the health of the Lhasa Apso tends to be quite good however like all breeds there are certain health issues that may affect some individuals more than others such as eye problems (cataracts), hip dysplasia (malformation of hip joints) and skin allergies so it’s important for potential owners/breeders alike to research these conditions before making any decisions about purchasing/breeding one!

Adaptability Level & Benefits as Pets: Due to their small size and low energy levels (they don’t require much exercise) combined with their intelligence and loyalty make them great pets for apartment living or those who don’t have much time/space available for larger breeds! Additionally due to their alertness they make great watchdogs although this trait should still be trained out from an early age in order not only prevent excessive barking but also ensure that your pet doesn’t become overly aggressive towards strangers/other animals etc… All in all though these little guys make great companions who will love you unconditionally no matter what life throws at you!


The Lhasa Apso is a Tibetan dog breed that was once used as watchdogs in Buddhist monasteries. They are small, long-haired dogs with a lifespan of 12-15 years. The breed almost became extinct during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, but has since become popular again. The ancestry of the Lhasa Apso is unknown, but they are thought to be related to the Shih Tzu and Pekingese breeds. The Lhasa Apso was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1935.

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