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Shih Apso Breed Information

Shih Apso

Recognized By: DBR , IDCR
AKA: Shih-Apso, Shihapso, Lhasa Tzu, Lhasa-Tzu, Lhasatzu
Mispellings: Lhasatsu, Shihapos

Living with a Shih Apso

Personality: The Shih Apso is a friendly, affectionate and somewhat independent dog.

Temperament: Shih Apsos are outgoing and independent dogs.

Family Dog: The Shih Apso is a very energetic dog that is wonderful with children.

Shedding: The Shih Apso does shed some but not excessively.

Grooming: Shih Apsos require frequent grooming. They should be brushed daily unless thier coat is kept short.

Training: Shih Apsos are reasonably easy to train but may be stubborn at times.

Behavior: The Shih Apso is a pretty stubborn dog, but they are very intelligent.

Barking: Shih Apsos are not yappers. They usually only bark when there is something or someone in the yard.

Living Conditions: The Shih Apso is an indoor dog that loves to go outdoors.

Shih Apso Appearance

Appearance: The Shih Apso has the long silky hair of the Lhasa Apso, with some curl to it. The length of their nose is somewhere between the short of the Shih Tzu and the longer snout of the Lhasa Apso.

Size: The Shih Apso is a small dogs, not weighing over 20 lbs when fully grown.

Companionship: The Shih Apso make an excellent companion. They are know as a a 'velcro dog'.

Muzzle: The Shih Apso generally has a short muzzle.

Teeth/Bite: The Shih Apso has underbite and may have an issue with overcrowding.

Body: The Shih Apso is generally built like the Shih Tzu with some variation in size.

Color: The coat of the Shih Apso can come all colors currently recognized in both the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu.

Coat: The coat of the Shih Apso is long and mostly silky some curl to it.

Shih Apso Facts

Life Expectancy: The Shih Apso has an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Shih Apso Health

Allergies: Shih Apsos tend to have the itchy skin of the Shih Tzu.

Skin Health: The Shih Apso does tend to have dry, itchy skin.

Dental Health: Due to the small mouth of the Shih Apso they tend to have crowding and other dental problems.

Litter Size: The average litter size of the Shih Apso is 4 to 6 puppies.

* The most accurate way to determine characteristics of a mixed breed is by researching the parent breeds.
** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
*** It is important to do research on your dog's history before choosing a dog. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate information possible about each breed.

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