Breeds of dogs: Lhasa Apso

Breeds of dogs: Lhasa Apso

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Tibet and Great Britain
F.C.I classification: Group 9 - companion dogs.

The Lhasa Apso was the last Tibetan breed imported into Europe. The breed developed within Buddhist monasteries and in the villages around the sacred city of Lhasa. This is considered one of the oldest breeds in the world. It has also recently spread to Europe. It comes from "Tibetan terrier" crossed with other breeds, including the "Tibetan spaniel". The Chinese consider him a "lucky dog", in fact he is also called "talisman dog". It had been included among terriers, later it was definitely placed in companion dogs. For many centuries it has been used in his country as an "alarm bell", always ready to warn the guards.

General aspect

Small dog with an elongated body.
The main feature that distinguishes the breed is its typical long, straight and heavy coat, which reaches the ground. Robust and cheerful looking dog.


It is a canine capable of withstanding even very low temperatures, thanks also to its coat. It is advisable to keep it exclusively at home, also in order to always keep its coat in good condition. It is a cheerful and joyful dog. He proves rather wary of strangers. Always ready to play and attract attention. It proves to be an excellent playmate for children. Very intelligent and attentive.

Lhasa Apso (photo

Lhasa Apso (photo

Lhasa Apso (photo


Height: 25 - 28 cm at the withers. Slightly smaller females than males.
Weight: 5-8 kg.

Trunk: massive and well elongated. The length of the body is greater than the height at the withers.
Head and muzzle: important with abundant cascade of hair on the eyes; thick beard and mustaches. Rather narrow skull, which falls noticeably behind the eyes.
Black truffle.
Teeth: dentition must be correct; strong white teeth.
Eyes: dark, medium-sized, non-globular or sunken.
Ears: are drooping and heavily fringed.
Limbs: short, straight, well stocked with fur; very solid. Excellent muscle mass.
Tail: richly fringed, carried above the back; often has a thickening of the bone at the end.
Hair: heavy, hard, straight, neither woolly nor silky, of good length; with thick undercoat.
Allowed colors: golden, honey, sand, dark gray, slate, graying black, white or brown.
Most common defects: colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard sizes, hair in disorder, body hair, badly worn tail, slightly fringed tail, long limbs, short body, depigmented truffle, light eye, deviation of the jaw, excessive shyness, incorrect gait.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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