10 - 11 inches
Top coat long, heavy, Moderate undercoat
Gentle and Loyal
13 - 15 pounds
The breed standard requires dark brown eyes, with black pigmentation on eye rims and
a black nose. Texture of the coat is hard, straight, dense, not woolly or silky. It is often
referred to as "moppy". It is of good length, and comes in a variety of colors. All colors
are equally acceptable, with or without black tippings. The tail should be carried in a
tight screw over the back.
The Lhasa Apso has the characteristics of keen watchfulness, and is very hardy. The
Lhasa Apso is easily trained and is responsive to kindness. Their beautiful dark eyes
are appealing as they wait for some mark of appreciation for their efforts. The Lhasa
Apso is happy, usually long lived, adaptable and good in families with children.
They are the most popular of the breeds indigenous to Tibet. The Tibetan Terrier,
Tibetan Spaniel and Lhasa Apso all share common ancestors. Sometimes they are
known as the Tibetan Apso. The name "apso" means goat-like and they may have been
named that as their coat resembles that of the goats kept by Tibetan herders. In Tibet,
the Lhasa Apso was a treasured dog of the privilege classes. They are truly an
aristocrat, having been bred in a domestic environment for generations. Coming first to
Britain in the 1930s and then later to America by 1935.
The oldest living dog in history was a
Lhasa, documented 29 years of age