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Lhasa Apso
Tíbet FCI 227 - Tibetan breeds.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is an intelligent dog, but independent and stubborn.



Originally from Tibet, the Lhasa Apso es conocido en su país de origen como “Apso Seng Kyi”, that means “dog with the roar of a lion”, seguramente en referencia a su ladrido tan característico y a su aspecto bastante parecido al de un león en miniatura.

DNA studies have established that it is one of the oldest domestic dogs: los primeros ejemplares habrían aparecido varios miles de años antes de nuestra era. They have also shown that it is one of the dog breeds most closely related to the wolf, although its appearance does not necessarily suggest it.

For a long time they were mistaken for the Tibetan Terrier, until separate rules were established that facilitated their differentiation. La distinción se hacía principalmente en base al tamaño, being the Tibetan Terrier bigger and, Therefore, more of a deterrent as a guard dog.

Considerado sagrado en su país de origen, tenía prohibida su venta y era criado exclusivamente por nobles y monjes para vigilar y proteger palacios, Isolated Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Himalayan mountains. Su trabajo consistía en dar la alarma en caso de intrusión o peligro potencial, while his cousin, the Tibetan Mastiff, ponía toda su imponente estatura para disuadir a los individuos malintencionados de ir más allá. Los monjes creían que cuando el dueño de un Lhasa Apso moría y aún no estaba preparado para el Nirvana, his soul was reincarnated in the body of his animal.

También se acostumbraba a usarla como regalo para los líderes extranjeros. It also, only the Lhasa Apso regalados por el Dalai Lama podían salir del país. They always happened in pairs, to bring luck and prosperity to the recipient. Así es como se introdujeron los primeros súbditos en China hacia 1583, al comienzo de la dinastía manchú.

The international diffusion of Lhasa Apso

It was not until the dawn of the 20th century that the Lhasa Apso came to europe, and more specifically in 1904. It was then that the first import to the UK took place., cuando los soldados británicos que regresaban de la expedición al Tíbet dirigida por Francis Younghusband trajeron de vuelta representantes de la raza. However, was not up 1964 when the Kennel Club, the main canine organization in the country, officially recognized the breed.

In France, was introduced in 1949 by Miss Violette Dupont.

The Lhasa Apso first set foot in North America in 1933, when Thubten Gyatso (1876-1933), the XIII Dalai Lama, offered one to the explorer and naturalist Charles Suydam Cutting (1889-1972).

It took the American Kennel Club only two years to officially recognize the breed, as he did in 1935. La otra organización canina más importante del país, el United Kennel Club, waited until 1975 to do the same.

The International Cynological Federation (FCI), que coordina las organizaciones de un centenar de países, recognized the Lhasa Apso in 1969.


The Lhasa Apso is now very popular and is present all over the world.

In United States, ranks 70 (of something less than 200) en el ranking de razas establecido por el American Kennel Club según el número de nacimientos registrados cada año en la organización. This marks a certain decline compared to the first years of the 21st century., when he was rather in the position 40.

In the United Kingdom, the breed is also in sharp decline, after having peaked. Like this, mientras que el número de nacimientos anuales registrados por el Kennel Club se situaba en torno a los 4.000 in the middle of the Decade of 2000 and exceeded 4.500 early in the decade 2010, then collapsed, to the point of dividing by three, with, Therefore, less than 1.500 annual records at the end of the decade of 2010.

The situation is quite similar in France, where the breed reached its peak popularity in the early years 90, with more than 1.500 births in some years. However, before the dawn of the 21st century, ya habían retrocedido por debajo del millar. The Lhasa Apso recovered in the second half of the decade of 2000, flirting with the numbers reached at their peak. However, fell back from 2012, and abruptly. Like this, during the decade of 2010, el número de personas inscritas cada año en el Libro de Orígenes francés (LOF) divided by two, ending the decade in less than 700.

Physical characteristics

The Lhasa Apso it is a small dog with a robust and harmonious appearance. His body is longer than high, and well proportioned. Its front legs are straight. The tail is set high on the back and covered by a long lock of hair.

The skull is small and slightly rounded, with a well defined stop. The ears are soft, medium in size and covered with long hair. Very often hidden under a long fringe of hair, eyes are dark brown and oval. They have an alert expression. The snout is short, straight but not square, and ends in a black nose.

The coat of the Lhasa Apso consists of a medium density undercoat and a long topcoat, Lisa, dense and hard. Hair covers the entire body and usually touches the ground, without ever impeding their movements.

However, because they shed relatively little, they are often promoted as a breed of dog hypoallergenic, which makes them suitable for people with allergies to dogs. However, keep in mind that no breed is totally hypoallergenic: a person who is in this case should always try to carry out a test in real conditions for several hours before any adoption.

In any case, the coat can be of various colors: dorado, sand, honey, dark grey, Slate, black, white or brown. It is smooth in some individuals, and particolorada (that is to say, that mixes several colors) in others.

Last, sexual dimorphism is not very pronounced in this breed: males and females are very similar in size.

Size and weight

▷ Male size: 20 – 30 cm.
▷ female size: 18 – 28 cm.
▷ Male weight: 5 – 7 kg
▷ female weight: 4 – 6 kg

Character and skills

The Lhasa Apso He is very loving and protective of his owners. However, a pesar del estrecho vínculo que tiene con ellos, his independent nature allows him to handle loneliness without difficulty. He is not one of those who suffer from separation anxiety when his owners are absent for a few hours.

Get along well with children old enough to have learned to interact with and respect an animal, which makes him a very good playmate. On the other hand, by not being very patient, can quickly become overwhelmed by young children who are noisy, that move a lot or that hurt you, and then he risks at any moment to react abruptly. Therefore, it is not recommended that you live with younger children. In any case, Whatever your race, a dog should never be left alone with a young child without adult supervision.

Probably because he loves his family and seeks to protect them, the Lhasa Apso It, on the other hand, suspicious of strangers. They do not hesitate to bark when they perceive a threat or a stranger approaching their home, and are usually perceptive enough to quickly determine if the person is a friend or foe of their family. Therefore, he is an excellent alert dog. However, not only uses their vocalizations to raise the alarm: it is known to bark a lot, even in situations that don't justify it. Esto se debe probablemente a su oído altamente desarrollado, que le permite oír ruidos y sonidos inaudibles para los humanos e incluso para algunas otras razas.

Living with their little fellows usually goes well, how much have they grown up together. Otherwise, for its dominant character, it can be more complicated. Given its size, it is also better to avoid living with a large dog, ya que éste podría hacerle daño involuntariamente, for example while playing together. There is also a risk with people who are on your walks. In fact, como es muy valiente y se ve a sí mismo como más grande y poderoso de lo que realmente es, does not hesitate to play with (or sometimes face) other dogs much bigger than him, sin darse cuenta de que podrían herirle involuntariamente durante sus interacciones.

Have you share your home with a representative of another species (cat, rodent, bird…) it is very possible. In fact, does not have a very pronounced predatory instinct, and he is not one of those who begins to chase the small animals that are during his walks. La única excepción son los que se atreven a entrar en su territorio, por ejemplo en su jardín.

The Lhasa Apso you don't need much to satisfy your need for exercise. However, media hora al día, through two or three walks and / or play sessions, es un mínimo por debajo del cual no debes mantenerlo equilibrado. On the other hand, if you are happy to accompany your masters on short walks, its resistance is quite limited: you don't have to count on him to walk for hours. In fact, its low level of activity makes it an ideal companion for the elderly or sedentary. However, do not neglect to exercise daily, tanto por su bienestar psicológico como físico, especially since it is a breed of dog that tends to be overweight.

It also, the Lhasa Apso no sólo necesita ser estimulado físicamente. In fact, You also have to take advantage of his curiosity and his great intelligence so that he is psychologically balanced. Therefore, It may be convenient not only to vary the routes and activities of the walk, but also, for example, regularly teach him new tricks or let him play different dog sports such as agility, obedience or rally, que le permiten ejercitarse tanto física como mentalmente.

As soon as your needs are met, easily adapts to all places in life, showing himself capable of living both in the city and in the country, in an apartment like in a house. Having said that, even if you have access to a garden, su independencia no significa que pueda pasar la mayor parte del tiempo allí, away from their masters. In fact, to be happy and balanced, you need to be surrounded and interact with your family.

However, it is important to note that the Lhasa Apso is independent, stubborn and not really inclined to spontaneously obey. It also, if you don't like something, does not hesitate to express his discontent. It also, matures very slowly and can remain a puppy in your head until 3 years. Therefore, not really suitable for a person who has no experience with dogs, ya que podría darle demasiados problemas.


The Lhasa Apso is an intelligent dog, but independent and stubborn. It also, matures slowly, to the point that some individuals remain puppies on their heads for up to three years. Obviously, this is not without consequences on their education: has difficulty concentrating and taking learning sessions seriously.

Everything is combined so that obeying is not necessarily the most natural thing for him, not the first thing on his priority list. Esto es tanto más cierto cuanto que es dominante y no duda en cuestionar las reglas y poner a prueba los límites; si percibe un defecto que le permita hacer lo que le plazca o incluso ocupar el papel de líder, does not hesitate to exploit it.

Therefore, its owner must be firm from the first months and not let it get away with it, at the risk of allowing the development of “small dog syndrome”. Esta última aparece cuando los propietarios, too moved by the pretty and harmless looks of their young companion, do not correct -or not enough- their inappropriate behaviors (grunts, barking, aggressiveness…), como harían con un perro más grande. This is the best way to make it disobedient, aggressive, perturbado y difícil de vivir. It also, después es muy difícil corregir la situación, once bad habits have been established.

This is the case, for example, of the barking, since it is known to bark excessively. No hay que esperar para intentar hacerle entender las circunstancias en las que es inútil hacerlo y aquellas en las que, on the other hand, is pertinent. You also have to teach him to stop when asked.

To avoid drifts or failures in your education, It is important that each of the members of the house is involved in it and makes sure that the current regulations are respected to the letter. These rules must be established from their arrival in the family and be constant over time and from one person to another., otherwise he runs the risk of getting lost and not being able to understand what is expected of him.

It also, ya sea para hacerle asimilar las normas o para enseñarle diversas cosas útiles, a certain regularity is necessary to obtain results, and it is better to start from your arrival in the family. Short daily sessions are great for keeping you focused on the tasks at hand, as it tends to get bored quickly. Positive reinforcement is the best training method: premiarlo con golosinas y estímulos es mucho más eficaz que un castigo severo.

Last, like any dog, the socialization of Lhasa Apso should be started at an early age, during which it is more malleable and adaptable. To become a well-adjusted adult and behave correctly in all circumstances, necesita conocer al mayor número posible de personas y animales durante sus primeros meses de vida, así como estar expuesto a todo tipo de situaciones y estímulos.


The Lhasa Apso is generally robust and healthy. It is also not unusual for representatives of the breed to live to 20 years or more.

It also, sus orígenes tibetanos y su pelaje bien provisto (that is not alien) explican que sea particularmente resistente al frío y la humedad.Por otro lado, is much less comfortable when mercury peaks, or even frankly in great difficulty., your flattened face implies a markedly lower than average respiratory ventilation capacity and, Therefore, a less good ability to regulate your internal temperature by panting.Particularly prone to heatstroke, it's not done, for example, to live in a Mediterranean climate.

Although he is in good general health, es posible que padezca diversas patologías más o menos graves a lo largo de su vida.Los problemas de salud a los que así está predispuesto son:

  • the síndrome braquicefálico, Which affectssnub-nosed and star-nosed dog breeds.In fact, this morphological peculiarity predisposes the animal to various health problems, like breathing difficulties, enfermedades oculares o trastornos digestivos.Se puede considerar una intervención quirúrgica para agrandar las fosas nasales del animal y así aumentar su capacidad respiratoria;
  • the Hip Dysplasia, joint malformation whose appearance may be enhanced by a hereditary predisposition, produces pain and lameness in the hips and inevitably progresses toosteoarthritis aas the dog ages;
  • the dislocation of the patella (or dislocation of the patella), común en perros pequeños.Ocurre cuando la rótula se mueve hacia adentro o hacia afuera de la rodilla y puede causar dolor y / the cojera;
  • the herniated disc, una enfermedad de la columna vertebral que provoca un dolor cada vez más difícil de afrontar para el animal, which can therefore be aggressive when manipulated or the door. It also has more and more difficulties to move, he even ends up paralyzed.In less advanced cases, rest and medication are usually sufficient, pero en otros es necesaria la cirugía;
  • inguinal hernia, que se manifiesta por la aparición de una masa blanda e indolora entre la cara interna del muslo y el abdomen.Afecta principalmente a mujeres no esterilizadas y se cura mediante intervención quirúrgica;
  • congenital renal dysplasia, una malformación de los riñones cuyos síntomas pueden ser muy variados: growth retardation, dull coat, lack of appetite, dirt … In all cases, it is a serious and incurable disease;
  • urolitiasis (or bladder stone), which is the formation of stones in the urinary tract., the dog experiences difficulty urinating or even gets dirty and / o la presencia de sangre en la orina.El tratamiento consiste en la remoción quirúrgica del cálculo;
  • congenital hydrocephalus, a disease of the nervous system that can have many consequences: strabismus, bulging skull, stunted growth, locomotive difficulties,epileptic attacks, vision problems … Los tratamientos médicos reducen los síntomas, pero también es posible plantearse una intervención quirúrgica para resolver el problema en la fuente;
  • type B hemophilia (or Christmas disease), a blood clotting disorder that is often inherited, affects mainly males and causes heavy or prolonged bleeding, así como la aparición espontánea de hematomas.Es una patología grave e incurable: even if thedog transfusionsare possible during severe bleeding, usually dies young;
  • the periodontics, una enfermedad inflamatoria irreversible del tejido gingival poco común en todo el canino y particularmente ensmall breeds.Aparece por mala higiene bucal y provoca inflamación de las encías.En los casos más graves, teeth eventually loosen and fall out at an early stage, thetreatment of periodontics isbased on desquamation and good oral hygiene When the disease is in an advanced stage, es necesaria una cirugía para extraer los dientes afectados;
  • the infectionsdel oído, frequent inflammation inrazas de perros con orejas caídas;
  • the dermatitis by Malassezia, a dermatological disease caused by the multiplication of the yeast called Malassezia, which usually causes redness, itching and greasing the skin of the animal;
  • the adenitis sebácea, a relatively rare skin disease destroys the sebum-producing glands, causing dry skin, pérdida total o parcial del cabello y aparición de costras que pueden desprender malos olores.Hay tratamientos disponibles para reducir los síntomas, but the disease itself is incurable;
  • allergies, either food allergies or atopy., the animal scratches repeatedly and skin lesions may appear.

The Lhasa Apso it is also particularly prone to certain eye diseases:

  • the progressive atrophy, an incurable inherited disease characterized by degeneration of the retina, resulting in progressive loss of vision, night and then day, until the individual becomes totally blind;
  • the glaucoma, una enfermedad ocular que se puede heredar.Provoca la degeneración del nervio óptico y la retina.Esta dolorosa patología para el animal progresa rápidamente a una pérdida total o parcial de la vista, unless it is seen urgently;
  • dry conjunctivitis, a disease that can be inherited due to insufficient tear production, resulting in dry eye, inflammation of the eyelids, Red eyes, repeated blinking of the eyelids, presence of scabs and / o secreción amarillenta.Todos estos síntomas obviamente causan dolor e incomodidad al animal.En casos graves, también pueden aparecer llagas y causar úlceras que pueden conducir a la perforación o pérdida del ojo.Esta afección generalmente requiere un tratamiento de por vida;
  • nictitating gland prolapse (or cherry eye), una afección oftalmológica de la glándula lagrimal.Los signos más comunes son la aparición de una pequeña bola roja en la esquina interna del ojo y ojos llorosos.Es tratada con una intervención quirúrgica;
  • the entropion, which corresponds to a curl of the edge of the eyelid towards the inside of the eye and can be inherited., irritation and inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by repeated eyelash rubbing and / o pelos en partes frágiles del ojo.El problema se puede solucionar con la ayuda de una cirugía;
  • corneal dystrophy, a corneal disease often inherited in origin that results in clouding of the cornea in both eyes.There are two types of dystrophies: lípidas y endoteliales.Los primeros no comprometen la visión y no requieren un tratamiento especial.Este último, on the other hand, can cause blindness, pero es tratable mediante cirugía;
  • distiquiasis, an eye disease characterized by abnormally implanted eyelashes which may be asymptomatic or cause irritation, itchiness, redness of the eyes or even the formation of aúlcera corneal.Different techniques are used to treat affected people;
  • It also, the Lhasa Apso has a fairly high risk of Obesity.Este último puede provocar o agravar muchas patologías, and therefore have a significant impact on the health of the animal.

The list of ailments to which you are predisposed Lhasa Apso can be overwhelming at first glance, pero conviene recordar que siguen siendo raras y que la mayoría de los representantes de la raza pasan la vida libres de problemas.Esto se confirma en particular por un estudio realizado en 2004 by the Kennel Club and the British Association of Small Animal Veterinarians: the 32% of the deaths studied were simply caused by old age (32%), way ahead of cancers (18%) and diseases, kidneys (7%).

However, knowing that some of the diseases to which the breed is predisposed are or may be hereditary, it is important to adopt from acreatorrigorous ofLhasa Apso.In fact, in addition to guaranteeing quality socialization to the puppies, a serious breeder routinely performs genetic testing on individuals he plans to breed (or also in the offspring obtained), to prevent the transmission of a hereditary defect., must be able to present the results of the tests in question, además de presentar un certificado de buena salud establecido por un veterinario así como el detalle de las vacunas administradas, recorded in the puppy's health or vaccination record.

Once the animal is adopted, We must not lose sight of the fact that it is particularly fragile throughout its growth., particularly when it comes to your bones and joints., se recomienda encarecidamente no obligarlo a realizar esfuerzos físicos demasiado intensos durante este período, ya que correría el riesgo de lesionarse o incluso desarrollar malformaciones, with potentially long-lasting consequences.This is all the more true since this dog is predisposed to certain joint problems (dislocation of the patella and Hip Dysplasia).

Finally, whatever your age and like any other race, everything Lhasa Apso must be taken at least once a year to the vet for a complete check-up, que al mismo tiempo permita asegurarse de que se mantiene al día con su retirada de vacunas.

Life expectancy

14 years


The Lhasa Apso It is not for those who do not have time or desire to spend a lot of time caring for their dog's coat. In fact, to remove dead hair and prevent mat formation, its long coat must be brushed at least three or four times a week, with a special brush or glove. Although the molt remains moderate throughout the year, brushing should be done daily during spring and fall seasonal moult.

If it is not maintained regularly enough, hair gets tangled, preventing the skin from breathing. This favors the proliferation of bacteria and the skin problems that they can cause. It also, it is very painful for the animal - even impossible- detangle the hairs with a simple brush, y entonces suele ser necesario un paso por una peluquería profesional.

It also, as the length of its fur makes it often touch the ground, tends to easily accumulate dirt and give off bad odors. Therefore, es necesario lavarlo con un champú adaptado a los perros, once every one or two months. However, you should not wash your dog more than this, as this will remove the sebum that protects you from skin problems. When you bathe, you must be careful not to get the inside of your dog's ears wet, since they are especially sensitive. It is also recommended to clean the dog's coat directly after bathing rather than letting it air dry, ya que esto podría restarle belleza y brillo.

To avoid the task of untangling, or to be needed less often, many owners of Lhasa Apso choose to keep their pet's hair short. Whether they do it themselves or use the services of a professional dog groomer, the coat should be trimmed with scissors or trimmed every two months to keep the coat clean.

However, even if the fur stays long, a small cut is necessary every one or two months to prevent the animal from being hindered when moving and to reduce the risk of infection caused by small plants or spikelets that get stuck in the fur.

The hanging ears of the Lhasa Apso they also require special attention. In effect, esta particularidad morfológica hace que la humedad y la suciedad puedan acumularse fácilmente allí, and be the source of infections such as otitis. Therefore, you have to inspect them and, if required, clean them once a week, y secarlos cada vez que haya estado en contacto con el agua o haya pasado mucho tiempo en un lugar húmedo.

The weekly maintenance of your ears is also the occasion to check your eyes and clean their contour, to reduce the risk of infections.

You can also take the opportunity to brush your dog's teeth, making sure to use a toothpaste specially designed for dogs. This will help prevent tartar buildup., which can cause bad breath and, above all, the appearance of oral diseases such as periodontal disease, que es muy común en los Lhasa Apso and it can have serious consequences on your health. Knowing this, the ideal is to brush several times a week, o incluso todos los días.

Looking at its claws, natural wear and tear is usually enough to file them. However, when the animal becomes older and / or less active, they can get too long and bother you, or even injuring you. In this case, they need to be trimmed with a claw trimmer or special file.

Whether the fur, the ears, the eyes, teeth or claws, maintaining a Lhasa Apso should not be done randomly. Es útil aprenderlas la primera vez con un veterinario o un peluquero en caso de duda, to know the good techniques and to be able to act effectively and safely, without hurting or harming your pet. It also, como serán muchas las sesiones de peluquería a lo largo de su vida, es conveniente que las sesiones de peluquería del perro se desarrollen con la mayor fluidez posible: getting used to it since childhood is an excellent way to achieve it.


Like any dog, the diet of Lhasa Apso must suit your age, your level of physical activity and your health status. It is recommended to opt for high quality croquettes or industrial patés, to provide you with all the nutritional inputs you need on a daily basis.

In any case, its small size should not lead one to believe that it can be fed with food intended for cats. In fact, the two species do not have the same nutritional needs, y él sufriría tanto carencias de algunos nutrientes como excesos de otros.

In this case, es aún más importante estar atento, since this breed has a predisposition to being overweight. Esto es aún más cierto en el caso de un individuo castrado, because the risk of obesity is then more important. Dividir su ración diaria en al menos dos comidas es una buena manera de evitar que clame durante el día, since he knows that a second meal awaits him a little later. It is also better to avoid abusing the treats, although they can obviously be very effective in educating you. A good habit may be to systematically deduct your caloric intake from your daily allowance., In addition to, of course, optar por productos bajos en calorías.

At the same time, weighing the dog once or twice a month makes it possible to quickly detect any deviations. Si esto se confirma o incluso se acentúa en las siguientes mediciones, it is advisable to take the dog to the vet, since only he can determine the cause of the problem and remedy it. In fact, your diet and activity level are not always the cause: weight gain may be due to illness or a reaction to treatment, for example.

Last, like any dog, the Lhasa Apso debe tener agua a su disposición durante todo el día, regularly renewed so that it is always fresh.


Until the 20th century, the Lhasa Apso It was used by Tibetan monks and nobles to guard and protect palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries. Su finísimo oído le permitía dar la alerta rápidamente en caso de peligro.

In fact, incluso hoy en día, its courage and protective nature allow it to stand out as a warning dog.

However, ahora lo encontramos empleado principalmente como animal de compañía. In fact, his affectionate and cheerful character makes him an endearing companion. If we add their low need for exercise, we will understand that it easily finds its place in many homes and places in life. This is especially true because they shed less hair and produce less dandruff than many other breeds., making them a great potential choice for someone with a dog allergy. Having said that, dado que puede haber grandes diferencias de un individuo a otro y que ningún perro es totalmente hipoalergénico, real-life testing is always essential by spending several hours with the animal you are considering adopting.

Its small size, its long coat and elegance also make the Lhasa Apso a regular at dog shows. However, cualquier propietario que se plantee inscribir a su perro en concursos de belleza debe disponer de mucho tiempo y de un marcado interés por la peluquería, since then a daily brushing and several hours of maintenance a week is necessary to maintain a well-groomed coat and address these events in the best conditions.

His kindness and sweetness also make him a very good hospital therapy dog, nursing homes and nursing homes.

Last, their intelligence and liveliness can be put to the test in various dog sports such as agility, obedience or rally.


The price of a puppy Lhasa Apsoor ranges between 500 and 1.500 EUR, being the average of about 900 EUR, without great differences between males and females.

whatever the country, the significant price differences between the specimens are generally explained by the greater or lesser conformity of the animal with the breed standard, así como por el prestigio de la cría y el linaje del que procede.

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Characteristics "Lhasa Apso"

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Images "Lhasa Apso"


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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs
  • Section 5: Tibetan breeds. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Group 9: Section 5: Tibetan breeds
  • AKCToy
  • ANKC – (Toy)
  • CKC – Group 5 – (Toy)
  • ​KC – Toy
  • NZKCToy
  • UKC – Group 8 – Companion dog

FCI breed standard "Lhasa Apso"

FCIFCI - Lhasa Apso

Alternative names:

    1. Lhasa, Lion Dog (English).
    2. Apso Seng Kyi (French).
    3. Lhasaterrier, Löwenhund (German).
    4. Nome original 拉薩犬 (Portuguese).
    5. Perro león/span> (español).
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