Lhasa Apso Dog Temperament and Lifespan

By Frederick Musetti on 8th January 2017

The Lhasa Apso has a special personality. He is a majestic, happy, often naughty, playful, independent, and sometimes angry dog. He takes the responsibility to guard and protect his home and family very seriously; however, he grows several years and remains somewhat puppyish for the whole life. The Lhasa is small, but not fragile. In reality, he is strong and sturdy, and always suspicious about strangers. He will not trust a person who poses any threat to him or his owner and family members. He is a wonderful watchdog. The Lhasa needs training and socialization, where it will be taught good canine manners and to be obedient to his owner. The Lhasa needs a kind and strong leader. Sometimes this dog lacks being active and can live indoors in a flat or a big house. The dogs of this breed live no longer than 12-15 years.

How Much Does a Lhasa Apso Dog Cost and Price Range

A well-bred purebred Lhasa Apso costs about $750-$2500. You can buy a rescue dog for only $25-$300. But you may need to pay $250-$5000 for a puppy from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. You should take into account the fact that a dog with inherited diseases and/or poor temperament will be much cheaper. Such a dog may have allergy problems or genetic issues. A well-cared puppy from good-tempered parents will cost not less than $1,000. Before buying a Lhasa Apso, you should consider maintenance expenses. An average dog needs 8lb bag of food, additional treats, vitamins, biscuits, etc. Be ready to spend yearly about $150 only on food.

Lhasa Apso Dog Colors, Shedding, Full Size and Average Weight

The Lhasa coat is really gorgeous due to its length, density and straight look. It comes in different colors, namely black, honey, white, parti-color, or slate. To keep this coat gorgeous, you will need to spend some time or even money. Brush and comb your pet regularly every day. Frequent bathing (twice or thrice a month) is also recommended. You may choose to hire a professional groomer or do it yourself. Most Lhasa owners do not have their dogs' coat clipped short but you may cut down some hair to make grooming easier. These dogs do shed all year round, fortunately, they are not very big. Males are from 10 to 11 inches tall and weigh 13 to 15 pounds; and females are a bit smaller.

Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Characteristics, Information and Facts

The Lhasa Apso is highly pleasing because he likes to entertain his family despite his leader features. He is also a protective watchdog who is suspicious about strangers. There is the need for socialization to get a sociable pet. These dogs are prone to dental issues, that is why you should brush your dog's teeth regularly, and attend your veterinarian from time to time. The Lhasa likes the company of his family and can follow you wherever you go.