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Lhasalier History

The Lhasa Apso is a loving, loyal and alert Tibetan terrier that originated in Tibet. The Lhasa Apso is a tiny, lively and agile lapdog that originated in the city of Lhasa in 11th century Tibet. The first recorded mention of the small, long-haired, confident and curious dogs is in a poem in 1253. The poem named the dogs “Xue” or “Buddha Dog”. The name was later changed to “Lhasa Apso”, which means “cat from Lhasa”. The Lhasa Apso was a favorite of Chogyal Minjur Tenpa, the 5th Dalai Lama, and was eventually taken into exile with him to Nepal. The breed remained a closely guarded secret for many years. It was only in 1935 that the Tibetan Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club.

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Lhasalier Physical Characteristics

The Lhasa Apso is a small, long-haired, toy breed that typically stands between 9 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 7 and 16 pounds. They have a compact body with a rounded skull, small triangular ears, and eyes that are half closed. They have a fluffy, curly, double coat that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The Lhasa Apso is an alert, friendly, and lively companion.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Fawn, Silver, Red, Gray, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 14 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 18 lbs

Female Weight Range: 13 – 16 lbs

Lhasalier Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

Lhasalier Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Cherry Eye, Sebaceous Adenitis, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Mitral Valve Disease, Syringomyelia, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Episodic Falling, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), None Known

Lhasalier Temperament and Behaviour

The Lhasalier is a quiet, calm, and sensitive breed of dog. They are gentle and friendly with their owners, but can be reserved with strangers. They are known to be a good watch and guard dog. They can be independent, but are also eager and alert to please.

Lhasalier Activity Requirements

The Lhasa Apso is a very old and regal breed of Tibetan origin. They were originally used as a guard dog and companion. While they are not as high-energy as some other breeds, they do enjoy a moderate amount of exercise and mental stimulation. While your Lhasa Apso doesn’t need miles of running, they do need regular exercise. A short walk or playtime in the yard will help keep them happy. They’ll also enjoy taking part in some canine sports, such as tracking or agility. If your Lhasa Apso receives enough exercise and attention, they will be a well-behaved, happy pet. But without regular activity and interaction, they can become destructive and noisy.

Miles Per Day

3 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lhasalier is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lhasalier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Lhasalier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lhasalier is part of the Unclassified group.

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