Lhasa Apso

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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet, and were only bred by holy men and nobles. Thought to bring good luck, this breed was considered to be sacred. For this reason, the Lhasa were used as watchdogs in monasteries for over 2000 years. They are highly intelligent, with keen instinct and acute hearing.
The Lhasa Apso is a hardy and vigorous breed. They are wary and suspicious of strangers. They exude an air of dignity and also comedy. They are considered to be one of the most affectionate breeds with their main function as that of a companion.
The Lhasa Apso displays a dual temperament. They are highly expressive of their love and devotion, but have a mind of their own and want everything their way. They are lively and spirited with spontaneous gaiety. The Lhasa is not recommended for families with small children, or in homes where there are rough or ill behaved children. They make excellent watchdogs because of their heightened sense of hearing. They prefer to be the only pet and thrive on attention. They do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. For this reason they are not well suited for a two career family. They have a tendency to bite if angered or surprised.
The Lhasa Apso requires daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats. Their coat, if grown long, is extremely high maintenance. They may be bathed or dry shampooed on a regular basis or as necessary. They are very prone to ear infections and eye problems, so check-ups and regular cleaning are important. The Lhasa is susceptible to skin problems if not kept free of parasites. Kidney disease is the most serious health problem found in this breed.
The Lhasa Apso has a heavy double-coat that is draped over the entire body. Their long coat serves as an insulation barrier, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The coat grows to floor length, even covering the eyes, which are protected by long eyelashes. The texture of the coat is neither soft nor silky. The Lhasa coat colors include gold, smoke, parti, and slate. They are average shedders.
The Lhasa Apso typically displays an arrogant and obstinate attitude. They may be difficult to housetrain, so the crate method is recommended. Intense early socialization and obedience are a must. They require firm, assertive and consistent commands, and will respond to praise and reward. The Lhasa will take charge if they are not trained clearly as to who is master.
The Lhasa Apso loves to play indoor games and is quite rambunctious, which largely meets their exercise needs. However, they benefit from outdoor excursions such as a daily walk. They are not suited for outdoor life, so even a small yard is unnecessary. The Lhasa is an excellent apartment and condominium dweller.
13-15 lbs
10-11 inches
black, white, brown, gray, cream or particolor
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Lhasa Apso puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Lhasa Apso varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Lhasa Apso puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Lhasa Apsos sold is $950.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Lhasa Apso with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,900 upwards to $6,200 or even more for a Lhasa Apso with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Lhasa Apsos sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $950.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,900.00 to $6,200.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 4486 Lhasa Apso puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Lhasa Apso puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Lhasa Apsos true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Lhasa Apso Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 4486 Lhasa Apso dogs.
  • 1. Toby
  • 2. Bear
  • 3. Bella
  • 4. Conner
  • 5. Gizmo
  • 6. Lilly
  • 7. Sophie
  • 8. Tommy
  • 9. Abby
  • 10. Louie
  • 11. Gloria
  • 12. Baxter
  • 13. Jake
  • 14. Jasmine
  • 15. Jasper
  • 16. Max
  • 17. Rocky
  • 18. Romeo
  • 19. Sugar
  • 20. Maggie

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Member Since: August 2007
Location: Catskills, New York
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We are devoted to one breed, the Lhasa apso. Our puppies are loyal, intelligent, non-shedding, comical and amazingly intuitive. They make wonderful therapy dogs and several have gone on to achieve Therapy Dog status with certification. Our website reflects the years of devotion and joy the Lhasa apso has shared with my family and me. We keep it current and update the website consistently. It is full of references, reflections and educational material that really cannot be understood without the years of commitment to one breed. This has been true for the last 23+ years. All of our puppies come well socialized, vaccinated appropriately, wormed as needed, started on crate training and with a lifetime guarantee for genetic and congenital life-threatening health issues. If you are looking for a friend for life with strength of character, devotion to family and a fun side that will fetch a ball or hike for hours don't wait another day. Life is too short to not enjoy the love of a faithful companion and your Lhasa apso will not disappoint.

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Anonymous asked:
Hi, I just purchased a Lhasa puppy. This puppy has a forked beard. I've never seen this before in Lhasas. It looks like a mustache on her chin. She is now 3 months old. It wasn't apparent at 8 weeks. Have you seen this before? I'm now questioning if she truly is a Lhasa Apso. Thanks for your help.

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That is new, though I do not believe it is 100% unheard of. If you are questioning if she truly is a purebred Lhasa Apso and do not have paperwork for her, I would suggest a DNA test. You can purchase these online or through your vet and they can be done both quickly and painlessly as all it takes is to scrape some cells off of the inside of your dogs cheek.

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Can a Lhasa Apso puppy be screened for cancer in its background or genetically? Also, other defects, according to its breed?

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The Lhasa Apso, like any other breed can be screened for genetic problems as well as have their hips and elbows checked for potential problems down the line. Sadly there isn't a test for cancer just yet. Contact your veterinarian and they will be able to tell you exactly what tests and how much it will cost to screen a new puppy. A good breeder will screen their breeding stock before breeding their dogs to ensure a good linage of puppies.

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The set standard weight of the Lhasa Apso is between 13 - 15 lbs. However, the dogs can weigh in a little more, depending on linage/pedigree. But those dogs would be disqualified simply because of size in the show ring, so they are not bred as often. Search your area for responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeders in your are and ask about the size of their dogs. Finding a good breeder should be your top priority, then the size of the dog next. I'm sorry for your loss.


Sorry to hear of your loss. I too have 24 pound Lhasa Apso we call him our friendly giant. He is going on 14 years, and still has some puppy play in him. I enjoy his size. It all about the relationship and he is great. Good luck in your search.


Though the suggested weights of Lhasa apsos are: Males 14-16 and Females 12-14, these are not required and variations can be pretty broad both in larger and smaller sizes.


I am sad to hear of your pet passing as I also lost my Lhasa of almost 14 years of cancer. Mine was in the 25-27 pound range as well. I believe that it is more than likely the food or fillers in the food as almost all Lhasa breeders claim the smaller weight class. We recently attained another pup whose mom and dad are both about 15 pounds each and our pup (1 year old now) is already 118 pounds.


All 3 of my beautiful Lhasa males were 24 to 26 lbs. Two lived to be 15 years and my current beautiful boy just died of pancreatic cancer at 6 years. I am devastated and trying to find another, without much luck.


My 2 year old male weighs 22.9 pounds. Everyone who knows Lhasas say he is huge. His mother weighed only 15 lbs.


Just purchased a male Lhasa and he is 10 weeks old. He is very chipper one minute and very quiet the next. Is this normal? We are currently crate training and trying to modify some behaviors. He sometimes bites and nips at us. Any suggestions?


I just lost Dixie who was 10 from kidney failure and she weighted about 20-25 pounds.


I thought I had an anomaly! My little guy is 20 pounds! We walk a lot and the vet said he has a lot of muscle.

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My Lhasa Apso has a growth on her front paw leg. Which causes her pain. What can I do to help her, without going to a vet?



If there is a growth on your dogs front paw/leg and it is obviously causing her pain then she needs to go to a vet. There is nothing you can do other then taking your dog to the vet. The vet will be able to figure out what the growth is, remove it if necessary and prescribe your dog pain killers if need be.


Soak and wash the food.pad in warm water with epsom salts and see if that helps. It may be a interdigital cyst from wet feet having excrement urine or crusts between the toes. Keep the feet clean and trim the hair between the toes. Make sure the feet are kept clean and dry after being outside. A trip to the vet will help with the immediate problem.


I dont know when this comment was posted however, my baby had the same problem she was 17, don’t procrastinate..... she had a growth between her toes a cyst, I had it removed and biopsied it turned out to be a very aggressive cancer and it grew back very quickly, unfortunately things progressed and my girl is gone.

Anonymous asked:
Is it too challenging, physically, emotionally and mentally on these small puppies to fly alone in a crate? Where do they place them in the plane? Concened also about environmental issues...



At 8 weeks old, as long as the puppy is fit for flying as per a vet visit then a puppy can fly in a crate. Where the puppy is located will depend on what airline you use. But most have a pressurized and temperature controlled area for pets while flying. I've had all of my breeding dogs imported through flying and every puppy has come out just fine on the other end. No adverse effects on their behavior towards crates, traveling, flying, people, ect. Contact an airline to ask how they transport animals if you are worried about a specific airline.


My latest little male flew United Airlines at 10 weeks old and did great. United was terrific in taking care of him, from S.D. to Texas to St. Petersburg Fl. Took around 12 hours.


Our first Lhasa lived to the ripe old age of 18. We then purchased liter mates who lived to be 15 years of age. They were the most lovable dogs we've experienced - family oriented.

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Updated: 7/4/2022