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3 Best Reasons To Get A Lhasa Apso And 2 Good Reason Not To

Only a few other dog breeds can compete with the Lhasa Apso when it comes to its elegant coat. Although they may look delicate, they are sturdy dogs that can compete in agility events. Looks and athletic ability all combined in a regal dog who is a comedian at heart.

The smart and regal Lhasa Apso is a very good family dog. With early socialization, they love playing fetch with children. However, as all small dogs, they can be fearful of smaller humans. They are excellent watchdogs and will raise the alarm when necessary.

Reason 1 To Get A Lhasa Apso

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Lhasa Apsos are smart, loyal dogs who love to cuddle. Lap dog. Yes sir, that’s me!

The Lhasa Apso is a great companion dog and will soon be your best friend. They are loyal little pets with a stubborn but adorable streak that you will love. They are playful yet calm and not too rowdy.

They don’t require a lot of outdoor exercises except for trips to do their business. Your remote will still be warm when you return.

Reason 2 To Get A Lhasa Apso

Dog wearing a face maskThey are healthy and usually live very long lives compared to other dog breeds. Their average lifespan is 12 to 15 years, and they sometimes live up to the early 20s. That’s twice the average life of bigger breeds, which may only live ten years.

If they do live into their late teens, their eyesight may deteriorate, but they seem to do well even as their vision dims.

They shed very little and are considered a hypoallergenic breed.

Reason 3 To Get A Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso tips the scale at under 20 pounds, making it a good size for apartment living and as a watchdog. This makes sense because they were bred to be indoor monastery guard dogs. They are alert with keen sense of hearing and smell.

Another factor favoring smaller size dogs is they eat less. The cost of food over its lifetime will be substantially cheaper for this small breed than for those big dogs that weigh 50 pounds or more.

Reason 1 Not To Get A Lhasa Apso

While they are reasonably smart, they will not make the valedictorian of their class. This, coupled with a bit of stubbornness, may make house training a bit of an ordeal. With time, patience and persistence, they will eventually learn that the whole house is not a bathroom.

Reason 2 Not To Get A Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso wearing hairbows, 2 years old, in front of white backgroundHair. And lots of it.  It never stops growing  They need to be brushed every day and twice on Sundays.  You have to brush them even if you keep their hair short.

Your groomer will soon know you by your first name.  If you don’t routinely brush this dog, it will get mats and tangles uncomfortable for the dog and a pain for you to get out.

They also need relatively frequent baths, probably about every two weeks.   If you want a low maintenance dog, look for a different breed.

Although their hair will grow long, most owners, I suspect, will opt to keep their Lhasa Apso with a shorter hair cut.  This will probably be more comfortable for both the dog and its owner.


This dog will fit right in for the right person who wants a small dog with a big personality.  Probably not a good farm dog, but will do well in the suburbs or an apartment.  They are such regal, loyal, and good looking dogs that you would be proud to say, “Why yes, that is my dog.”

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