Shih Apso

12-16 lbs
9-11"
Unknown
Lhasa Apso
Shih Tzu

The Shih Apso is a little dog that thrives on being a companion pet. They’re perfect for older people because they require very little exercise and love to spend time curled up on laps and being showered with attention. 

In this guide to the Shih Apso, you’ll learn:

  • This breed is a Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu mix
  • Its origins are unknown but the parent breeds are among the oldest in the world¬†
  • The abundance of hair on their face can give them a lion-like appearance¬†
  • They love attention, making them the perfect companion and lapdog


Shih Apso breed overview

The Shih Apso is a designer dog breed that’s a cross between the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso. This small dog possesses many of the combined characteristics of the parent breeds which makes it an ideal companion and lapdog. 

If you‚Äôre considering getting a Shih Apso puppy from a reputable breeder ‚ÄĒ as you should, if not looking to rehome a dog ‚ÄĒ then you can expect to pay around $1,675. This price will increase for a show-quality dog.¬†

The Shih Apso is generally a healthy breed, although they do inherit some health issues from both parent breeds. The lifespan of this crossbreed can be up to 15 years. As they’re small dogs they generally do live longer than larger breeds. 



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purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu

Shih Apso Health

Average Size
Male Shih Apso size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 15-18 lbs
Female Shih Apso size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 12-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Kidney Problems
  • Liver Problems
  • Bladder Stones and Infections
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Allergies
  • Eye Disease
  • Hernia
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Wellness Check
  • Chest X-rays
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Clinical Exam
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Shih Apso Breed History

The Shih Apso is a relatively new crossbreed but its origins are unknown. What is known, however, is that its parent breeds are among the oldest dog breeds in the world

The Lhasa Apso, which is believed to date back to 800 BC, is a sacred dog in Tibet; the name actually derives from Tibet’s holy city of Lhasa. The small dog was bred by the monks and nobility of Tibet to be a companion and guard dog that would alert owners to intruders. Historically, the only way that a Lhasa Apso could leave Tibet was if the Dalai Lama gifted the dogs to individuals that he deemed worthy. The tiny Lhasa Apso first came to America in 1933 when a pair were gifted to an American traveler and naturalist. 

The tiny Shih Tzu dog‚Äôs origins can be traced back to China and Tibet. The dogs were treasured pets and often referred to lovingly as ‚Äėlion dogs‚Äô. The first pair of Shih Tzus left China in 1928 and arrived in the United Kingdom. Eventually, the breed made it to the U.S. and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969.¬†

Shih Apso Breed Appearance

The Shih Apso is a blend of both the parent breeds, however, as with most crossbreeds, appearance and characteristics can vary. It‚Äôs lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu ‚ÄĒ and it‚Äôll depend on which one is most dominant.

However, both parent breeds are small, and therefore the Shih Apso will be a small, stocky dog with a fairly long body and short legs. They tend to have a small head with fairly flat facial features. Their nose is slightly shorter than the Lhasa Apso’s but longer than the Shih Tzu’s. Ears are floppy, and the tail is short. 

How big do lhasa Apso get? They can reach heights of 10 to 11 inches and a weight of 12 to 14 lbs. Shih Tzus, on the other hand, are 8 to 11 inches and 9 to 16 pounds. 

A full grown lhasa Apso Shih Tzu mix is very similar. They generally stand between 9 and 12 inches and weigh 12 to 18 pounds. Females are most often smaller than males. 

The Shih Apso has long, silky hair that’s either wavy or straight. However, some will have hair that feels coarse to the touch rather than the more typically silky feel. They tend to have abundant hair on their face which gives them a lion-like expression. Common coat colors of the Shih Apso consist of white, tan, gray, fawn and black. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shih Apso eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shih Apso nose
Black
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shih Apso wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shih Apso Breed Maintenance

Do Shih Tzu have a double coat? Yes they do ‚ÄĒ as do the Lhasa Apso. So it‚Äôs no surprise the Shih Apso has a thick double coat too. The long coat needs grooming and will benefit from daily brushing to keep it silky and tangle free. You may want to have their hair trimmed short to reduce visits to the groomers. This breed does shed a little, but regular brushing will help with this.¬†

They’ll only need a bath around once every couple of months. Nails need to be clipped, teeth need to be brushed and once a week, ears need to be wiped clean. 

The Shih Apso is a lapdog so will be happy with a short walk once a day. If the weather prevents you from getting out with your pup, they will be equally happy with some playtime inside instead. 

This little dog is ideal for living in an apartment but will benefit from trips to the dog park to socialize and play. 



Shih Apso health

The Shih Apso is a relatively healthy breed. But, as with all dogs, there are some health conditions you need to be aware of. These include: 

  • Patellar Luxation¬†
  • Hip Dysplasia¬†
  • Kidney Problems¬†
  • Liver Problems¬†
  • Bladder Stones and Infections

There‚Äôs also a chance of ear infections, allergies, eye disease, hernia, reverse sneezing and dental problems ‚ÄĒ although these are considered only minor concerns.¬†¬†

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Patellar Luxation 

Patellar luxation is when the kneecap is dislocated. Commonly affected breeds include the Shih Tzu, among many others. The dog may be born with this or it may develop as they get older. Symptoms include limping, inability to bend their knee, and swelling. There are four grades depending on the severity. Treatment may include surgery. 

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is when the ball and socket of the hip joint grind and rub together. This can happen to dogs at any age, and is very painful. Symptoms include decreased activity and difficulty getting up. Treatment can include physiotherapy, oral supplements or surgery.  

Kidney Problems 

Kidney disease ‚ÄĒ also known as renal disease ‚ÄĒ is when this organ can no longer filter toxins out of the bloodstream. It can happen quickly or gradually. Signs will include your dog becoming very thirsty and urinating more. Both the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso are prone to this. You need to see a vet as soon as possible, as damage can be irreversible.¬†

There’s also a chance this dog could get kidney failure. Again, this could be acute or chronic. This is caused by sudden and major damage to the kidney, often by a toxin such as poisonous plants and grapes or raisins. Treatment will depend on what caused it. 

Liver Problems 

There are various liver problems your dog can get including liver disease, liver inflammation and liver failure. 

Liver disease can lead to liver failure. It can occur suddenly and may be due to poisoning or infection. It can happen at any time in a dog’s life but the good news is, if the problem causing the issue is resolved, this can be reversible. 

Bladder Stones and Infections

If your dog starts urinating in the house, this can be a sign they have a bladder infection. It’s more common in female dogs than males and often referred to as cystitis. Your dog will need antibiotics to treat this. 

Bladder stones can cause irritation and discomfort. If they become stuck in the urethra, this can cause an obstruction, which makes urination painful. If you suspect this it‚Äôs important to see the vet as soon as possible ‚ÄĒ it can be life threatening.



Feeding a Shih Apso ‚ÄĒ what‚Äôs the best diet?¬†

Your Shih Apso should be fed high-quality dry food with protein as the main ingredient. They can be fussy eaters, so you may want to mix it with wet food. 

It’s worth noting that both parent breeds are prone to food allergies so it’s best to avoid food that can trigger allergies such as wheat. 

Shih Apso puppies should be fed four meals a day and once fully grown should be given between two and three smaller daily meals. . This breed can get joint issues, so it’s important to keep an eye on their weight. As they aren’t a particularly energetic breed they can be prone to obesity, so be careful not to overfeed them.

To keep your Shih Apso happy and healthy it’s important to ensure they’re enjoying the best possible diet. Need some help with this? Take a look at the advice from our trusted partner Dog Food Advisor, including the best food for Shih Tzus. 


Brushes for Shih Apso
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Slicker Brush
Dematter
Dematter
Comb
Comb
Clipper
Clipper

Shih Apso Temperament

Are lhasa Apsos good pets? They absolutely are, as is the Shih Tzu, who makes an ideal companion dog and lives to please their owners. As the Shih Apso gets this from both sides, they’re ideal for elderly owners who may just want a small dog that enjoys being held and loves attention. 

They‚Äôre also intelligent little dogs, which they get from both parent breeds ‚ÄĒ although they can be very stubborn. They need training but it‚Äôs best to keep it short and sweet with plenty of treats.¬†¬†

The Shih Apso bonds very closely with their family. Owners should expect their pup to follow them from room to room and rarely let their owner out of sight. This does mean that they can suffer from separation anxiety when not close to loved ones. 

Shih Apso are protective of their owner and should be socialized when young. In many cases, the dog remains standoffish and aloof around strangers. The little dog typically wants his owner all to himself and will often exhibit jealousy. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Shih Apso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Shih Apso Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shih Apso size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Shih Apso size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Shih Apso size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
Female Shih Apso size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Shih Apso size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
Female Shih Apso size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs

Shih Apso Owner Experiences

Kimchi
3 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Tracking
Enjoyable. Exciting.
6 years, 4 months ago
Laban
8 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nose work
Freestyle
Quite nice, he was our family dog then i brought him to my school where we train dogs. And he has really changed from a couch-potato to an active high-energy dog!
6 years, 3 months ago
Tony
8 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Long walks
Rescue dog with great temperament, friendly, well behaved
6 years, 1 month ago
Basil
18 Months
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Off leash running
Lounging next to me
Long walks
Fetch
He attached to me the most and follows me everywhere. Prefers when I walk him. Usually is well behaved off leash but sometimes decides he wants a longer walk than I can do but he is satisfied to stay with me most of the time... If he wants to play and get my attn and I don't listen to him, he will be destructive on purpose to get my attn! Such a huge personality. He was easily potty trained right away at 12-13 weeks, learned basic commands sit, down, paw - in a couple days, as well as some tricks and such, he understands mich more now, stops for cars when walking for safety, sidewalk, go home, stay, stop, wait for mama.. :)
5 years, 10 months ago
Shotz
11 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He was born in my closet. He has been my best friend and we have been through so much together. Lately he has been hiding from me and I am scared he is close to leaving me.
5 years, 2 months ago
Mocha
7 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I've had Mocha for 3 years and she is definitely my little love but! She goes wherever I go in the house and hates when I leave and makes sure I'm aware of it when I get home. The downfall though is that she was abused by a previous owner and can sometimes be skittish, but she still loves everyone as soon as she meets them. She also has a bad habit of taking herself on walks lol
4 years, 11 months ago
Prince
11 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I adopted my puppy a few weeks ago. He cried the first couple days due to anxiety but now he is very quiet. He doesn't bark at all so far and is very good at coming when called and walking beside me without a leash. He doesn't suffer from seperation anxiety like their breed is known too. I love him so much and can't wait for all the years im going to spend with him.
4 years, 9 months ago
Scooby
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Long walks and days out
Loves swimming
Playing Ball
Holidays
Sleeping
Eating Snacks
toys
He is a friendly little chap, who loves long walks, we have 2 children age 9 and 12 years in which he loves to follow when they go out on their bikes on our days out. He loves the beach where he loves going into the sea and then after loves laying on beech. He can be stubborn in which we found this with house training but I learnt I have to be as stubborn as he is, in which he did get the hang of it and is now fully house trained, I work full time so does my partner he is fine at home through the day with having a 30 mins walk on morning, goes out at lunchtime when partner home for lunch then he goes out after tea for long walk with us all. Scooby lives with a cat who is 4 years old, who scooby has become to love and when we go out to work often we come home with the cat asleep on sofa and scooby in his bed.
3 years, 1 month ago
Alfie
6 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Typical shih apso, plays with his dad and sleeps on mumma’s lap. Friendly with humans but gets excited to see other dogs. Loves outdoors when the weather is good . Doesn’t want to go out in the rain. Loves his dental chews. Loves to sleep in our bed. Follow us everywhere . Gives loads of hugs . Hates getting bathed . Love of our lives
4 years, 7 months ago
Sophie
9 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
I adore Sophie, & we share our life with a wee Shitzhu/Bichon rescue of same age. I wonder if any other owners have this problems. Sophie is generally a healthy dog, doesn't play much but enjoys walks. Was well socialised. I think she is too thin at 4kgs (7.9kgs) but eats/drinks well. My problem is every couple of weeks she throws up - usually yellow bile/foam. I stagger her meals so she doesn't get too much all at once but this makes no difference. Have changed her foods (slowly) but again makes no difference. All bloods are OK & vet doesn't seemed concerned - said she is just a small dog. Anyone else have this problem? I would so love to discuss. Cheers
4 years, 6 months ago
Cooper
2 Months
8 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Brushing
Great,but he is still adjusting. Since we just got him yesterday
4 years, 6 months ago
Belle
5 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Belle is very clever and likes to play
4 years, 6 months ago
Xiaoyu
11 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My Shih Also is perfect! She's loyal, affectionate, lovable, funny and adorable. Our live is fullfill with her in it. Our girl loves our sons but she was jealous when our first son was born, but we included her in almost every activity we did as a family. She quickly learnt that our baby wasn't a threat but a happy addition.
4 years, 4 months ago
Maggi
2 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
It's very gud she not a pet for me she's my baby girl
4 years, 4 months ago
Paisley
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Learn a new trick
Playing in the snow
Paisley is my best friend, she's so smart and we learn new tricks almost everyday. She can be stubborn because she's very curious but I wouldn't have it any other way.
4 years, 4 months ago
Pepe
3 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
He is 4lbs 60 oz. He doesn't get along well with other dogs when they get to close to me he grows when my wife picks him up but stays close to me
4 years, 3 months ago
Jax
5 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
Fetch
Walk
Shake
Best dog, one of a kind personality, loving but stubborn at times
4 years, 3 months ago
Ralphie
12 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Absolutely adore the little ball of love. He’s so affectionate and still independent, he’s my favourite
4 years, 3 months ago
Lucas
5 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Lucas is the best little dog ever. Loves his family, very protective of his owner. Loves to play and run.
4 years, 2 months ago
Nugget (Chicken Nugget)
6 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Very friendly excellent with kids, quiet, smart , occasionally potty accident but tries , excellent dog and part of the family
4 years, 2 months ago
Penny
6 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I just got my Shih Apso named Penny about 3 weeks ago. Our home became alive because of her. I noticed my husband and my son are a lot happier because of our new pup. Everyday we all look forward to petting and cuddling Penny because she is just a sweet pup. She goes after mommy everywhere I go which is really funny. She gets anxious when left alone so we let her sleep in our room and always stay near us. She sleeps when I sleep, and immediate awakes when I woke up from bed and follows me as soon as I get out of the room. She's such a cute little baby. I'm 6months pregnant and Penny's 6 months old now. Taking care of her is like preparing myself for the arrival of my 2nd baby. I really love her and hopefully she stays with the family for a long time, maybe 10 years or more.
4 years, 1 month ago
Mondo
8 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My experience has been wonderful! He's very friendly, caring, attentive to us, and has been a wonderful asset to our family. We have had him since he was 2 months old. Mondo will be 9 years old in October.
4 years ago
Gaia
6 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Well, she is a smart and very clever doggie, obedient most of the time. ūüėĄ She loves to be next to me and my husband but prefers my husband's company. Loves to be pet and is always in the lookout for human food. She also enjoys to go out for a walk, is always ready. She was the little queen of the house for almost 4 years and then I brought another dog and she became jealous for the first few months but then,she ended up accepting her new friend/brother, but always claim for attention. We have a unique connection. She will always be my first fur baby, I totally love her!
3 years, 12 months ago
oso
6 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
he was malnourished when he was anout 6 months old and so my aunt rescued him and brought him to saudi arabia where he lives with me and my parents aunt and my other doggo named prince he enjoys living with us and is very protective.
3 years, 12 months ago
Gizmo
7 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Gizmo is also a ptsd support animal and a great family member
3 years, 11 months ago
Emma
8 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
rescued from puppy mill somewhat timid prone to running but very smart and sweet
3 years, 11 months ago
Oscar
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks, family
w
Walk
Oscar enjoys going on short walks. He is very nosy
It’s been great. Oscar is a family dog, he is most happy when mom and dad are in the same room with him. He is very calm, laid back. Very facially expressive and very observant. Such a joy!! He is a rescue and seems to have ptsd, is afraid of the dark and loud noises.
3 years, 10 months ago
Socks
2 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Walks
Great pet for family’s and single people, fast learner, playful and friendly
3 years, 10 months ago
Willie
8 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Cuddling
Playing fetch indoors,
Best dog I've ever owned. He has the sweetest disposition, loves to be on my lap but is still scrappy when we play. Learns words and facial cues quickly.
3 years, 8 months ago
Jackflash
6 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Jack is a rescue dog who has been with us for just over 18 months. Due to previous neglect he has only one eye and also suffers with arthritis in one front leg. He settled very quickly and became a loyal companion with a super and loving personality. He hates to be moved when comfortable and has snapped at us when we tried to get into his space on the sofa!
3 years, 8 months ago
Tovey
14 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tovey is very protective over me. He likes other people even strangers but will snip at children if they play rough or startle him. He thinks he is a big dog and will stand up to any sized dog. He gets along fine with our other small dog but not our Golden retriever whom he holds a grudge over 10 years for fighting him for his treat. He holds grudges often. Lol. But he is extremely loving and playful with me. He knows when I am sad and tries to be there for me. He has an excellent memory, if I tell him that we are going for a ride at 8am he will remember until 8 pm when I get ready to leave he will be ready to go. He is so soft and fluffy to pet and hold but it takes a lot to keep his hair in perfect condition. He doesn‚Äôt mind going to the groomers and they like him there. He is very friendly. He took a while to train but was worth every minute and he was quit expensive but worth every dollar. He is definitely the smartest dog we have had or I have seen. He is definitely a mamas boy but gets along with everyone in the family. We had 2 older children while he grew up 7 and 13 who are now grown and married. We now have 2 grandkids that he ‚Äútolerates‚ÄĚ. He will snip at them if they get in his face to much or if they get rough or trip on him. He has never bitten either of them as of yet. He has bad nightmares and once I leaned over to kiss him on the top of his head and must have startled him and he bit my nose!!!! That is the only time he has bitten. But he definitely snips and will fight other dogs to protect us and our territory. He gets along just fine with our cat and is very protective over her from the other dogs. Tovey is 14 years old now and still very healthy and playful the only sign of aging we see is some glazing on his eyes but he doesn‚Äôt show signs of vision loss. He is a strong muscular little dog and has never had any weight problems. He likes to sleep at my feel kin the bed but is fine sleeping anywhere we put him. He is also fine to be left alone for short periods but is very excited and happy as soon as we return. So if you don‚Äôt have young children living in the home this is a great dog!! Especially if you want a lapdog. This is a great bread. You will not be disappointed. I only worry about the day we loose him. Hope this helps in your decision.
3 years, 6 months ago
Bentley
8 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Play
Running
Dog Parks
Hes very crazy and he has alot of character
3 years, 6 months ago
Lucy
4 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Cuddles
family play
Lucy is totally part of our family. She is smart, stubborn and adores is. She has a different relationship with each member of the family and seems to bond closely with my son who is autistic and know exactly when he needs her cuddles
3 years, 5 months ago
Herbert
16 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He is a wonderful companion. Everyone in my village loves him and he laps up the attention. He's very sweet and adorable.
3 years, 4 months ago
Oreo
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He loves all people and other dogs. He loves to play and take walks. He is my special pet.
3 years, 4 months ago
Lily
13 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Cuddling
Hiking
Fetch
She's extremely smart, very loving, very gentle, and though she is 13 everyone thinks she's a puppy:)
3 years, 3 months ago
Lego
2 Months
5 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very naughty and loves to bite things
3 years, 1 month ago
@ChipperSusilo
6 Months
2 People
Studio
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
Playdate
Therapy Training
Agility training
He is either very slow to learn and often forgets or it’s the stubbornness taking place. He hates it when I walk away from him and gets jealous easily. He doesn’t always want pets and cuddles but he can be very attached when in the mood. He is very persistent and agile.
3 years, 2 months ago
Belle
10 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We inherited Belle from our sister in law after her death, but she has always known us and has adjusted to life with us very well. She looks like a scruffy little Ewok, and I love it. She does have a demanding nature and wants at least 4 good long walks a day. She can be stubborn on her walks and she likes to try to dictate where we go. She is fantastic around my nieces and nephews and all children in general... she will let them do just about anything to her. She hardly ever barks and is happy with what we feed her (mostly). She loves to play and does not show any of her 10 years. Best of all, she is an excellent companion, day and night.
3 years, 2 months ago
Seven
2 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
shake hands
discipline
Stay
stop
lay down
Catch ball
Catch treats
We love him so much but hard to feed so picky on food but lots of energy and very loving and loyak dog
3 years, 2 months ago
Stella
5 Months
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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playing with ball
grooming
Running
Walking
Veryy awesome since she came in house happiness came along she is really nice and very very friendly she loves to play with boll and her soft toys she also enjoys running with us.
3 years, 2 months ago
Sheldon
10 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
We love Sheldon! He’s affectionate and comical. He’s also very smart and inquisitive.
3 years, 1 month ago
Oreo
10 Years
1 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
chasing quails
barking at fedex men
Passing gas in the car
chasing gerbils
cuddling my owner
Eating Snacks
rubbing his belly
My grandma adopted a black and white 10 year old shih apso. He is very nice to her. Oreo was adopted in California 2 years ago. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. He does not like to exercise he will give you dirty looks he will try to bite you if you force him to go for a walk and he is stubborn.He likes to bark at the fedex men. He is the best shih apso even if sometimes he is a little naughty
3 years, 1 month ago
Teddy
3 Years
2 People
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Complete pain in the neck - the separation anxiety is untrainable and absolutely annoying. They whine and scream when you leave the house even for 2 minutes to get the mail. You have to get them groomed constantly and it’s expensive. They also don’t train well in general - even with professionals!!! They bark at everyone and everything making them a terrible apartment dog. Not recommended.
3 years, 1 month ago
Chloe
4 Months
7 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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She always bark at me even if I'm just calling her. I don't know if it her way to greet me.
3 years ago
Rosie
5 Years
1 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
None. I want to rescue one
2 years, 11 months ago
Chanel
1 Year
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Love having her she’s the best dog
2 years, 11 months ago
Cookie
8 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cookie is such a loving and sweet one. He can sense if I'm upset and would put his weight on me to comfort me. He loves people but is not friendly with dogs and cats (especially cats).
2 years, 10 months ago
Charlie
16 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
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He’s amazing his single fault is he barks at other dogs. Loves people and cuddles he’s just perfect and so affectionate
2 years, 9 months ago
Maze
3 Years
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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She’s the perfect mix breed. She loves to be around me and follow me around. She hates being alone & has separation anxiety. She’s super friendly and an amazing guard dog. Loves tracking and playing with all other dog breeds. Very friendly and smart. Quick to pick up signals & easy to train.
2 years, 8 months ago
Bailey
6 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Fetch
He loves attention more than his life, he doesn’t eat regularly, he loves playing, he is very strong headed and disobedient
2 years, 8 months ago
Kimchi
3 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Very playful and energetic
2 years, 5 months ago
Champ
18 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Swim
Fetch
Road trip
‚ô•ÔłŹ no words just love
2 years, 5 months ago
Emma
4 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very smart, quick learner Loves people and belly rubs Eats raw veggies
2 years, 3 months ago
Ginger
7 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Hiking
Running
Tug of war
Ginger is the most loveable and intelligent dog I've ever had. She loves sitting on our laps and cuddling. She comes to work with me (I'm a mental health counselor) and has proven to be therapeutic and patient with 95% of the people who come in. She will be avoidant sometimes snappy (never biting) with young kids (typically 6 and under) who are too weak to securely pick her up. I got Ginger two years ago and her previous owner didn't have much time to socialize her with other dogs so when she encounters a large or hyperactive dog she avoids interactions and attempts to get away from them. On occasion she displays curiosity of other dogs that are her size or smaller but it's short lived. I have yet to see her play with another dog. Ginger bonded very quickly with us and tends to follow us from one room to the next, yet quickly learned which room she is not allowed to enter and she continues to respect boundaries that are established. Ginger is quite skillful at communicating her needs through eye contact and short barks. In fact, she doesn't bark a lot at all. As soon as her needs are met (i.e. walk, water refill, to alert us, or for a treat) she chills on whatever pillow or soft seat she can nest in. We are so impressed with her that we plan to get another Shih Apso in the next couple of years.
2 years, 2 months ago
BRUNO
19 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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HE'S A VELCRO DOG, GETS A LITTLE JEALOUS, STUBBORN AND FUNNY. WILL FOLLOW ME INTO EVERY ROOM OF THE HOUSE ESPECIALLY THE KITCHEN
2 years, 1 month ago
Sosa
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Fetch
He is the best snuggle buddy! He loves going on walks and car rides.
2 years ago
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My shihapso regularly gets diarrhoea and we have been to the vet at least five times about this.She is only 4 and I am super careful about her diet which is Royal Canin low fat gastro intestinal.Any advice?

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How often should I feed

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Where can I get a shi Apso puppy?

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Hi there, As non pedigree dogs are not registered with Kennel Clubs it can be difficult to get the details of reputable breeders. I would suggest asking your local vet clinics and it is also worth getting in touch with Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso breeders through their kennel clubs, in case any have branched out.
3 years, 2 months ago
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Good Evening, I notice in your article that Shih Apsos are predisposed to bladder stones, kidney infections and allergies. What foods can be fed to prevent this and tooth problems too? Any special grooming needed to prevent ear infections? Thank You, Susann

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