Lhasa Apso


Appearance: 10-11.5" (25-29 cm) 13-18 lb (6-8 kg) Long, straight, heavy hard outercoat. Undercoat. All colours or combinations acceptable.


Descended from ancient Tibetan Spaniels and Terriers, the Lhasa Apso was a favorite of both monk and nobility. Kept indoors, the Lhasa would bark to alert people of potential intruders, while the Tibetan Mastiffs tied outdoors were responsible for active guard duty. The lion represents the power of Buddha, and the Lhasa Apso’s leonine appearance caused people to believe they were harbingers of good luck. Visiting dignitaries were often gifted with male Lhasa Apsos; females were kept in Tibet to prevent the breed from spreading to other areas. Some of these gifted Lhasa were taken to Chinese courts where they were integrated into the bloodlines of Chinese dogs such as the Pekinese and Shih Tzu. In the 1920s, the Dali Lama gave several Lhasa Apsos to European friends, and from there it made its way to North America, where it has remained popular ever since.


Distinguished and self-possessed, the Lhasa Apso is certain he is special and deserving of respect. He has an uncanny sense of friend and foe, and will vocally announce his concern if someone bothers him. Friendly with his family, the Lhasa can become territorial if not socialized.

Lhasa Apso Breeders:

The Lhasa Apso Club of Ontario.

Breeders and breed lovers of registered, well-reared Lhasa Apsos. The only Ontario based Lhasa Breeders organization affiliated with, and adhering to the Canadian Kennel Club standards for breeding and code of ethics. Referrals for available puppies and, occasionally, adults.

Phone: (613) 395-5324
Email: don.quan@sympatico.ca