meet theLhasa Apso


Training &Temperament

These onetime guardians of Tibet’s mountaintop sanctuaries today keep watch at apartment-house windows and suburban screen doors. And, as funny and frolicsome as they are, their ancient watchdog instincts remain intact. Deeply devoted to loved ones, for whom they gladly play the clown, Lhasas are chary with strangers. They can be independent-minded and purposefully stubborn, in the way of born noblemen used to getting their way. Positive, motivational training, and early socialization with other dogs, is vital for these long-living lion dogs.

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Did You Know?

The original name of the Lhasa was Abso Seng Kye, the "Bark Lion Sentinel Dog."

Lhasas served as guards inside dwellings in Tibet, while Mastiffs served outside.

The Lhasa, along with the Tibetan Spaniel and Tibetan Terrier, is one of three natively Tibetan breeds in the Non-Sporting Group, and of the three, it was the first admitted to the AKC (in 1935). The three breeds share the heavy coat of protective hair and an upcurled tail over the back.

Suydam Cutting, a naturalist and world traveler, is singularly responsible for the establishment and reputation of the Lhasa in America.

The Lhasa was originally shown in the Terrier Group and was reassigned in 1959 to the Non-Sporting Group.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Cream 076
Golden 093
Grizzle 109
Red 140
Red Gold 152
White 199
Blue 037
Charcoal 331
Gray 100
Liver 123
Silver 176


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask With Tips 054
Black Tips 053
Brindle 051
Parti-Color 038
Sable 026
White Markings 014
Sable, White Markings 067