Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Shih Tzu is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds require very high amounts of grooming.
  • Barking - The Lhasa Apso bark/howls frequently. The Shih Tzu has an average level of barking.
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Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Silver & White Shih Tzu
Breed NameLhasa ApsoShih Tzu
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.9-10 in.
Weight12-15 lb9-16 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)China
Origin Year800 BC618 AD
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
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹25°F to 85°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
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 ApsoShih Tzu
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 LowBelow Average
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoShih Tzu
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Bladder StonesNoYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
DistichiasisNoYes
Dry EyeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Juvenile Renal DysplasiaNoYes
KeratitisNoYes
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
ProptosisNoYes
Retained Baby TeethNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
SnufflesNoYes
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoShih Tzu
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesYes
CharcoalYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldenYesNo
GrayYesNo
GrizzleYesNo
LiverYesYes
RedYesYes
Red GoldYesNo
SilverYesYes
WhiteYesYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, Gold, & SilverNoYes
Black, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & SilverNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
BrindleNoYes
Brindle & WhiteNoYes
GoldNoYes
Gold & WhiteNoYes
Liver & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
Silver, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
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