Breed Profile

Named after the capital city of Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was developed as an indoor guard dog by Buddhist monks some two thousand years ago. It is a member of the Utility Group of dogs.

Other Names: Tibetan Apso, Abso Seng Kye
Country of Origin: Tibet
Size: Small
Height: Male 25 cm (10 ins)
  Female Slightly smaller
Weight: Male 6 – 7 kg (13 – 15.5 lbs)
  Female 6 – 7 kg (13 – 15.5 lbs)
Colour: Black, white, brown, golden, sand, honey, slate, smoke, dark grizzle, parti-colour
Lifespan: 13 – 18 years
Coat: Long, straight, hard, heavy
Grooming: Considerable
Exercise: Minimal
Child Friendly: Yes
Pet Tolerant: Yes
Novice Owner Suitability: Yes
Health Issues: Allergies, Atopy, Caruncle Trichiasis, Cataracts, Cherry Eye, Corneal Dystrophy, Corneal
Ulcer, Distichiasis, Ectropion, Endocardiosis, Entropion, Familial Renal Disease,
Hydrocephalus, Injection Sensitivity (Glucocorticoids), Intervertebral Disk
Disease (IVDD), Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Lissencephaly, Malassezia Dermatitis,
Perianal Gland Adenoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Sebaceous Adenitis, Sebaceous Gland Tumours, Urolithiasis, Tracheal Collapse