What Is the Difference Between Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu Dog Breeds?

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According to FindTheBest's 2013 popularity ranking, the Shih Tzu (number 15) was more popular than the Lhasa Apso (number 63). Both dogs are very similar; however, they do share some major differences as well.

Both the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu originated in China, according to FindTheBest's breed comparison chart. While both of their fur coats are dense and silky, the Shih Tzu is known to have a long coat. Both breeds can have a coat of black, brown or white, and the Lhasa Apso also can have a red or yellow coat. Both dogs have minimal shedding but require frequent grooming. The Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu are both purebred AKC-approved dog breeds. The Llasa Apso is categorized under the non-sporting breeds, while the Shih Tzu is categorized as a toy breed.

Both dogs have a minimum life expectancy of 10 years and a maximum life expectancy of 20 years. The minimum height for the Lhasa Apso is 10 inches, while the minimum height for the Shih Tzu is 7.9 inches. However, both dogs can reach a maximum height of 11 inches. Both breeds have a cheerful and social temperament. In addition, the Lhasa Apso is known to be alert, courageous, independent, intelligent and loyal while the Shih Tzu is not known for those characteristics, according to FindTheBest.