Lhasa Apso vs Japanese Spitz

Compare the Lhasa Apso to the Japanese Spitz. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Lhasa Apsos and Japanese Spitz.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Lhasa Apso and Japanese Spitz are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Japanese Spitz is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Spitz is very easy to groom. The Lhasa Apso has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Lhasa Apso and Japanese Spitz are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Lhasa Apso vs Japanese Spitz
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Japanese Spitz
Breed NameLhasa ApsoJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height9-11 in.12-15 in.
Weight12-15 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)Japan
Origin Year800 BC1950 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹25°F to 85°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowHigh
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed15 mph18 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 NameLhasa ApsoJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaYesNo
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Runny EyesNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoJapanese Spitz
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
CharcoalYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldenYesNo
GrayYesNo
GrizzleYesNo
LiverYesNo
RedYesNo
Red GoldYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesYes