Lhasa Apso vs Scottish Terrier

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

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 Scottish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Lhasa Apso.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Scottish Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Scottish Terrier requires moderate grooming, The Lhasa Apso has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Lhasa Apso and Scottish Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Lhasa Apso vs Scottish Terrier
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Black Scottish Terrier
Breed NameLhasa ApsoScottish Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.10-11 in.
Weight12-15 lb18-22 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)UK (Scotland)
Origin Year800 BC55 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹25°F to 85°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowLow
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed15 mph11 mph
StrengthLowMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighHigh
SheddingLowLow
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 ApsoScottish Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoScottish Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
Craniomandibular OsteopathyNoYes
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaYesNo
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Scottie CrampNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoScottish Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
CharcoalYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldenYesNo
GrayYesNo
GrizzleYesNo
LiverYesNo
RedYesNo
Red GoldYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black BrindleNoYes
BrindleNoYes
Red BrindleNoYes
Silver BrindleNoYes
WheatenNoYes