Breed History / Description

The Lhasa Apso was one of the first breeds to be used as a companion dog. For many centuries he was kept by Tibetan monks in their isolated monasteries where they served as companions and watchdogs. The breed was credited with spiritual powers and considered to bring prosperity and fortune to the owner, hence it bore the name of Talisman Dog. It was also believed that when monks died they might be reincarnated as one of the monastery dogs. The Lhasa Apso is part of the Utility Breed Group.


Gay and assertive. 


Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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