Lhasa Apso


The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet’s Himalayan Mountains near the city of Lhasa. The bold, hardy dogs served as watchdogs in Buddhist monasteries; Buddhists believed that the souls of lamas entered the dog’s bodies when they died. The breed was first brought to the U.S. around 1930, as gifts of the 13th Dalai Lama. With a cloak of hair that parts down the back from head to tail, the Lhasa is not a breed for those who don’t care for grooming.


Small; 10 to 11 inches, 11 to 18 pounds.




Independent, alert, bold; stubborn but trainable. Content after exercise. Good with older children; reserved with strangers.

Energy level:

Low to medium.

Best owner:

Dog groomer in training.


Daily exercise, leash, early socialization and training, dedicated grooming (brushing every or every other day).

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.