Lhasa Apso vs Tibetan Terrier

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Lhasa Apsos are best for individuals or families with older kids, and they are ideal for people who live in apartments. They don't need a lot of space or exercise, but they do need someone...

Lhasa Apsos are best for individuals or families with older kids, and they are ideal for people who live in apartments. They don't need a lot of space or exercise, but they do need someone who will be with them for most of the day. While they are strong-willed and need lots of training, a first-time pup parent can do well with a Lhasa if they are committed to the training.

Lhasa Apso Temperament

The Lhasa Apso breed has a playful personality and often keeps their puppy behaviors longer than other dog breeds. Intelligent and curious, Lhasas have a moderate energy level and don’t require a lot of exercise. But they are stubborn, so they need consistent training to keep them well-behaved mem...

The Lhasa Apso breed has a playful personality and often keeps their puppy behaviors longer than other dog breeds. Intelligent and curious, Lhasas have a moderate energy level and don’t require a lot of exercise. But they are stubborn, so they need consistent training to keep them well-behaved members of the family. The most important thing to a Lhasa Apso is to be wherever you are; they will suffer from separation anxiety when you’re gone for long.

Originating in Tibet as guard dogs (can you believe it?), these pups mainly apply for “lap dog” jobs today. However, their protective instincts are still intact. It’s important to start socializing your Lhasa Apso puppy and train them early to help them be less suspicious of strangers.

Lhasa Apsos typically do better with older children but can get along with small children if they grow up together. They don’t always do well with other dogs or cats, but again, they can be trained to successfully live with other animals.

Lhasa Apso Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
15 to 16 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Very Low

Best For

Tibetan Terriers are best suited to pet parents with ample time and willingness for grooming their woolly coat. They're highly adaptable, so they can live anywhere from a small apartment to a large home with...

Tibetan Terriers are best suited to pet parents with ample time and willingness for grooming their woolly coat. They're highly adaptable, so they can live anywhere from a small apartment to a large home with a fenced-in yard. Don't worry if you're a newbie pet parent—the Tibetan Terrier is amiable and easy to train and an ideal friend for older kids and other pets.

Tibetan Terrier Temperament

The Tibetan Terrier packs plenty of enviable traits into their personality, including funny, mischievous, independent-minded and extremely smart. They’re an interesting combination of toddler and tween, cat and class valedictorian. With a gentle temperament, the Tibetan Terrier’s biting tendencies are lower than the average dog breed, but...

The Tibetan Terrier packs plenty of enviable traits into their personality, including funny, mischievous, independent-minded and extremely smart. They’re an interesting combination of toddler and tween, cat and class valedictorian.

With a gentle temperament, the Tibetan Terrier’s biting tendencies are lower than the average dog breed, but be aware that, in their playful youth, they tend to be pretty mouthy and are prone to nibbling. It’s wise to invest in a few chew toys.

The Tibetan Terrier makes a devoted pet and is very compatible with cats and other dogs. They’re great with kids too, but since Tibetan Terriers are a pretty sensitive breed, they’ll do better with older kids who understand the importance of boundaries and respect for a dog’s space. It’s always advised to supervise any dog breed when playing around toddlers and younger ones.

These dogs are friendly, though not quite extroverts, so they can appear pretty standoffish and aloof to guests in the home. On the other paw, this ancient breed evolved as alert dogs for Buddhist monks in monasteries, so their instinct is to bark whenever someone approaches the door. But, as you now know, their bark is worse than their bite!

Tibetan Terrier Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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