Lhasa Apso vs Pug

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Lhasa Apso is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Pug is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Lhasa Apso.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Pug is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Pug is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Lhasa Apso has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Lhasa Apso vs Pug
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Pug Dog Breed
Breed NameLhasa ApsoPug
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.10-14 in.
Weight12-15 lb13-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageBelow Average
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)China
Origin Year800 BC206 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹25°F to 85°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowLow
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighHigh
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowHigh
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 ApsoPug
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoPug
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
Cheyletiella DermatitisNoYes
Corneal UlcersNoYes
Demodectic MangeNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Dry EyeNoYes
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaYesNo
Hemi-vertebraeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Nerve DegenerationNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
ProptosisNoYes
Pug Dog EncephalitisNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Staph InfectionNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityNoYes
Yeast InfectionNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoPug
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
CharcoalYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldenYesNo
GrayYesNo
GrizzleYesNo
LiverYesNo
RedYesNo
Red GoldYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesNo
FawnNoYes