Coton De Tulear vs Lhasa Apso

Compare the Coton De Tulear to the Lhasa Apso. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Coton De Tulears and Lhasa Apsos.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Coton De Tulear and Lhasa Apso are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Coton De Tulear is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Coton De Tulear requires moderate grooming, The Lhasa Apso has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Lhasa Apso has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Coton De Tulear vs Lhasa Apso
White Coton de Tulear
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Breed NameCoton De TulearLhasa Apso
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan14-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-13 in.9-11 in.
Weight8-15 lb12-15 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryMadagascarChina (Tibet)
Origin Year1970 AD800 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F25°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumLow
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed14 mph15 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearLhasa Apso
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowHigh
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearLhasa Apso
Lifespan
Lifespan14-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Cherry EyeNoYes
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaNoYes
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Sebaceous AdenitisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearLhasa Apso
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
CharcoalNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldenNoYes
GrayNoYes
GrizzleNoYes
LiverNoYes
RedNoYes
Red GoldNoYes
SilverNoYes