The Lhasa Apso is a shaggy little dog that looks like a small version of the Old English Sheepdog. It has the characteristics of keen watchfulness, and very hardy. It is a very intelligent, lively, friendly and affectionate little dog.
This breed is easily trained and responsive to kindness. Its beautiful dark eyes are appealing as it waits for some mark of appreciation for its efforts. The Lhasa Apso is happy, usually long lived, adaptable and makes a good family dog.
Solid golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate or smoke; black parti-color, white or brown.
Top coat long, heavy, straight and hard, moderate undercoat. The long coat parts at the spine and falls straight on either side. No trimming or stripping is needed, although when in full coat, it needs to be brushed about once a day to keep its coat from matting. Dry shampoo as necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Generally a very healthy dog. It may have skin problems if the coat is not kept free of parasites. It has a slight tendency to get hip dysplasia, also kidney problems and eye problems
The Lhasa Apso is a hardy, assertive dog. It makes a good pet; it is lively, friendly and devoted. It has a fine sense of hearing. This dog makes a very good watchdog with a loud, persistent bark, which gives the impression to intruders of a much larger dog. It is naturally suspicious of strangers. It may be noisy and too nervous around children and strangers.
It is affectionate with its master, but will not tolerate rough or badly behaved children. It responds to motivational training. It may be obstinate, but generally it is very obedient to its master. This breed is inclined to fight if it is not the only dog in the house. Dislikes being alone and can be snappish if surprised or peeved.
The Lhasa Apso doesn’t demand much exercise. It loves to walk and scramble about, but it will be fitter and happier if given regular opportunities to run free and play.
House, apartment, country or city the Lhasa Apso will adapt to its environment. This dog is good for apartment living; it is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.