Lhasa ApsoThe Lhasa Apso is a dog breed that originated form Tibet. They were originally bred to guard monasteries and alert the monks of intruders disturbing their sanctuary. Lhasa Apsos has since become quite adorable pets for most people.

Breed Origins

As its name denotes, the Lhasa Apso has its origins traced back to the villages surrounding the sacred city of Lhasa. It is one of the three known dog breeds coming from Tibet aside from the Tibetan terrier and the Tibetan spaniel. Initially bred as a guard dog, it was used to protect the insides of wealthy homes, with the larger dogs given the task of guarding the outside perimeter.

Appearance and Size

Lhasas are known for their dense coat of heavy hair that protects them from the harsh winters of Tibet. The coat of hair is normally straight and long, commonly colored tan although they can also come in a variety of other colors.

Lhasas stand from 10 to 11 inches tall from the shoulders. They weight from between 14 to 18 pounds on average. Standard breeds have dark brown eyes and a black nose. Its head is moderate in shape with ears small and heavily feathered. It also has a tail that usually curls up over the back.


Although small and compact, Lhasas are known for their explosive burst of energy. They are always alert and are known for their keen sense of hearing. It is considered as an intelligent breed and has a great sense of distinguishing between friends from strangers. This makes them great sentinels in homes and ideal watchdogs.

Home and Family Relations

The Lhasa is a natural protector and companion. It thrives being with other people and is highly sociable especially to people that they know. Despite their aloofness with strangers, they can become quite friendly and sociable when a Lhasa gets to know more about the person. Lhasas also do well living with other dogs as long as human companionship is always maintained. They are also considered to be ideal indoor pets and kept inside the home.