Height: 9 to 11 inches at shoulder
Weight: 12 to 15 pounds
Coat: long and straight
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The Lhasa Apso is originally from Tibet, where he was a highly regarded watchdog in the palaces and monasteries of his mountainous homeland. Today's Lhasa is no longer a palace guard but primarily a family companion who loyally protects his family from danger. Though small in stature, the Lhasa is a sturdy and independent dog.