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Silky-Lhasa History

The Silky-Lhasa is a Tibetan Terrier that is hypoallergenic, making it suitable for people with allergies or asthma. The Silky- Lhasa is a medium-sized, long-tailed, silky-haired, white-and-tan terrier with a fluffy coat. The Silky-Lasa is a descendant of the Tibetan Terrier and was initially developed by crossing the Lhasa Apso with the Shih Tzu. The offspring had the long, silky coat of a Lhasa Apso, but were small enough to be carried around. The Silky- Lhasa has its origins in the 1970 and 1980’s when a breeder named Jeannie Turner established the ‘Shih Tzu Club of Greater Los Angeles’. She chose the name ‘Silky’ for the dogs she bred, which came to be known as the ‘Shih Tzu x Lhasa Apso’, or the ‘Silky-Apso’. The name ‘Silky’ was trademarked by Jeannie, and so it remained the accepted name for these pups.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Silky-Lhasa Physical Characteristics

The Silky-Smooth Collie is a medium-sized to small, long-haired breed of herding, guard, and companionship dogs. It is believed to be developed in the 19th century by the crossing of various breeds, including the Bearded Collie, the Rough Collie, the Shetland Sheepdog, and possibly the Keeshond. It is named after the town of Lhasa, which at the time was ruled by Tibet.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Cream, Blue, Silver, Pied, Sable, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 12 – 15 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 13 lbs

Silky-Lhasa Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Silky-Lhasa Health Concerns

Tracheal Collapse, Spongiform Leukodystrophy, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Patellar Luxation, Urolithiasis, Diabetes, Congenital Eye Defects

Silky-Lhasa Temperament and Behaviour

The Silky-Lhasa is calm, quiet, and gentle, but are also very social and are good at forming close bonds with their owners. They are independent, but are also very loyal to their families and make great watchdogs. They are very intelligent and respond well to training and are eager to please, which makes this a great breed for obedience.

Silky-Lhasa Activity Requirements

The Silky-Lhasa is a medium-sized, very sweet and loyal dog. They are thought to be one of the oldest breeds in the world, dating back to the Tibetan plateau thousands of years ago. The Silky-Lhasa is an excellent companion, but they are not a high-energy dog. They do, however, need regular exercise. A daily walk around the block is good, but off-leash play sessions are also great for this sensitive dog. The Silky-Lhasa is a relatively healthy, low-maintenance breed. They are generally fine living in an apartment, as long as they are provided with enough exercise and attention. They are friendly, sweet, and loyal, making them an excellent pet.

Miles Per Day

5 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky-Lhasa is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky-Lhasa is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Silky-Lhasa is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Silky-Lhasa is part of the Unclassified group.

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