The Lhasa Apso comes under the Utility Group of the UK Kennel Club and the Non-Sporting Group in the Australian Kennel Club classifications. The Lhasa Apso is a big dog in a small dog’s body, lively, fun and intelligent dog that just loves affection and being part of a family. Although they have a lot of long fur that grows long if not clipped, they are perfect for allergy sufferers as they shed little or any fur at all, which also makes them perfect for the home if you find housework tedious! They also come in many different colours, but gold, cream and honey seem to be the most popular. They can also be various shades of grey, brown, white and black. The puppy’s coat colour can change as they grow into adult dogs.
They are similar looking to the Shih Tzu which causes some confusion, but our history section below explains how and when the confusion arose. The Lhasa Apso is the larger of the two, with a longer snout and they have quite different characters. The Lhasa Apso is more reserved with strangers and tends to think before it leaps – so to speak. The Shih Tzu the other hand is more openly responsive towards strangers.