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Shih Apso

Shih Apso

Breed Characteristics

Life Span:12-15 Years

Shih Apso Build Information

The Shih Apso, also called the Lhasa Tzu, is a hybrid mix between the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu breeds. The Shih Apso has a short undercoat and a longer, wavy outer coat which requires daily grooming. They have floppy ears, snubbed noses and short tails. They are muscular despite being only 9 to 12 inches high, and weighing 9 to 15 pounds, and thus were nicknamed the "lion dog" by Tibetan monks because of their strong thighs and body shape.

Length (Male):8-12 in.
Length (Female):8-10 in.
Weight:< 14 lbs

Behaviour and Personality

This dog can be stubborn and very energetic, but with the right training the Shih Apso's loyalty and friendliness will be the more prominent traits. This breed lives an average of 12 to 15 years.

Activity Level:Slightly Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


Colors:Black, Chocolate, White
Grooming:High Maintenance
Coat Type:Silky

Shih Apso Pet Insurance

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