Thursday, February 16, 2012

Breed Profile: Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso hails from Tibet.  He was originally used to guard the homes of nobility and Buddhist Monasteries.  The Lhasa's post was inside the building, while a Mastiff guarded the outside.             

The Lhasa's original name was Abso Seng Kye which means Bark Lion Sentinel Dog.

The Lhasa Apso's coat is long, heavy, and dense.  It is straight but not woolly or silky.  It forms a part down the dog's back.  This coat requires regular brushing which is why many non show dogs sport a "puppy cut".  Louis, the handsome fellow pictured below, models that short haircut.


The coat comes in many colors ranging from light blond to black.  The Lhasa Apso is 10-11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 13-15 pounds.  Lifespan:  12-14 years.  A daily walk and/or play session helps keep the Lhasa fit and calm.

Lhasa Apso Manifesto

- though I have retained guarding instincts, my current job description is companion  

-  I prefer the company of adults and older children, little kids and other dogs- not so much

-  my haughtiness, aloofness and stubbornness are critical elements of my dignified manner

-  if you want a sweet lap dog, get a King Charles Spaniel

see some nice pictures:

Next breed profile:  Kerry Blue Terrier!


  1. Louis looks very dignified in that picture!

  2. My Dad has one. Her name is Louise but he calls her Wheezy.

  3. He looks a little mean in that picture.

    1. You may be confusing meanness with an underbite!

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