Lhasa Apso vs Miniature Poodle

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Lhasa Apso and Miniature Poodle are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Miniature Poodle is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Miniature Poodle is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The Lhasa Apso bark/howls frequently. The Miniature Poodle has an average level of barking.
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Lhasa Apso vs Miniature Poodle
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Red Miniature Poodle
Breed NameLhasa ApsoMiniature Poodle
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.14-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.10-15 in.
Weight12-15 lb12-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)UK (England)
Origin Year800 BC1700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹25°F to 85°F35°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowHigh
Exercise RequiredLowMedium-High
Top Running Speed15 mph18 mph
StrengthLowLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighHigh
SheddingLowNone
DanderLowNone
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 NameLhasa ApsoMiniature Poodle
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionAverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoMiniature Poodle
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.14-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
AllergiesYesNo
BloatNoYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoMiniature Poodle
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesYes
CharcoalYesNo
CreamYesYes
GoldenYesNo
GrayYesYes
GrizzleYesNo
LiverYesNo
RedYesYes
Red GoldYesNo
SilverYesYes
WhiteYesYes
ApricotNoYes
BrownNoYes
Light BrownNoYes