Shih Apso

12-16 lbs
9-11"
Unknown
Lhasa Apso
Shih Tzu
The Shih Apso is a designer hybrid dog breed that is a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu. This small dog possesses many of the combined characteristics of its parents which makes it an ideal companion and lapdog. Shih Apsos generally stand between 9 and 12 inches and weigh 12 to 18 pounds. Females are most often smaller than males. The coat of the Shih Apso varies. It is typically long and either wavy or smooth. This little dog thrives on being a companion pet. He is ideal for elderly owners who want a small dog who enjoys being held and having ample attention lavished on him.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
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 breed and its origins are obscure. Often the Shih Apso is not an exact 50/50 ratio of its parents because the small dog has been bred for numerous generations. However, one thing is certain and that is that the Shih Apso is a delightful blend of both its foundation breeds, the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu. The Lhasa Apso holds the honor of being a sacred dog in Tibet. His name is derived from Tibet’s holy city of Lhasa. The monks and nobility of the Tibet bred the small little dog to be a companion and guard dog. Its duty was to alert its 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 was gifted to an American traveler and naturalist. The gentleman used the dogs as the foundation for the breed in the United States.  The tiny Shih Tzu dog’s origins can be traced back to China and Tibet. The dogs were treasured pets and often referred to lovingly as ‘lion dogs’. The first pair of Shih Tzu’s 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. The Shih Tzu makes an ideal companion dog whose goal in life to consistently please his owners. 

Shih Apso Breed Appearance

Shih Apsos are small, stocky dogs. They boast a somewhat long body and short legs. His nose is a bit shorter than the Lhasa Apso’s but longer than the Shih Tzu’s nose. The overall facial features are usually a bit flat. The dog tends to have abundant hair on his face which gives him a lionlike expression. The head of the Shih Apso is usually small.  His ears are floppy and he sports a somewhat short tail. The hair is long and silky to the touch. It is often wavy or straight. In some dogs, they might lack the typical smooth texture and instead feel coarse to the touch. 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
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shih Apso wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shih Apso Breed Maintenance

The Shih Apso has a low to moderate shedding level. He benefits from daily brushing to keep his coat silky and tangle free. His long coat requires regular grooming to maintain its length. Many owners opt to have his hair trimmed short to prolong needed visits to the groomers. The Shih Apso has very little body odor and typically only needs a bath once per month. His nails will benefit from monthly clipping to keep them short. Once a week, his ears should be wiped clean of any debris. Many owners also opt to brush their dog’s teeth to prevent periodontal disease later in life.
Brushes for Shih Apso
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Comb
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shih Apso requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shih Apso Temperament

The Shih Apso is an intelligent little dog just like its parent breeds. He does have a bit of a stubborn attitude though. This little dog bonds very closely with his family and often sufferers from separation anxiety when not close to his loved ones. Owners should expect the Shih Apso to follow them from room to room and rarely let their owner out of sight. He enjoys lounging on his owner’s lap and having attention lavished on him. The Shih Apso is protective of his owner and should be socialized 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.

Shih Apso Activity Requirements

The Shih Apso is a lapdog who enjoys lounging either in his owner’s lap or beside him. He benefits from a short walk once a day but if the weather is inclement the little guy will be happy just playing a short game of fetch indoors. This little dog makes an excellent apartment pooch. Many people take their Shih Apso to dog parks to exercise and socialize. He is an ideal companion dog for older people because he requires very little exercise and loves to spend his time being a spoiled lapdog.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Shih Apso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

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

Lily
13 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Hiking
Cuddling
Walking
She's extremely smart, very loving, very gentle, and though she is 13 everyone thinks she's a puppy:)
1 week, 3 days ago
Oreo
7 Years
2 People
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Grooming
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He loves all people and other dogs. He loves to play and take walks. He is my special pet.
1 month, 1 week ago
Herbert
16 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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He is a wonderful companion. Everyone in my village loves him and he laps up the attention. He's very sweet and adorable.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Lucy
4 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
family play
Cuddles
Walking
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
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Bentley
8 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Running
Play
Walking
Hes very crazy and he has alot of character
3 months, 2 weeks 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’t 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 “tolerates”. 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’t 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’t 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 months, 3 weeks ago
Jackflash
6 Years
3 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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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!
5 months, 1 week ago
Willie
8 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing fetch indoors,
Cuddling
Dog Parks
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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Socks
2 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Fetch
Great pet for family’s and single people, fast learner, playful and friendly
7 months, 1 week ago
Oscar
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Oscar enjoys going on short walks. He is very nosy
Walk
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Walks, family
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.
7 months, 3 weeks 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
7 months, 3 weeks 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
8 months, 3 weeks ago
oso
6 Years
5 People
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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.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
Gaia
6 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Well, she is a smart and very clever doggie, obedient most of the time. 😄 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!
9 months ago
Mondo
8 Years
3 People
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Grooming
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Energy
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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.
9 months, 1 week ago
Penny
6 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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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.
10 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
11 months, 1 week ago
Lucas
5 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Lucas is the best little dog ever. Loves his family, very protective of his owner. Loves to play and run.
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Ralphie
12 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Absolutely adore the little ball of love. He’s so affectionate and still independent, he’s my favourite
1 year ago
Jax
5 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Shake
Walk
Fetch
Chase
Best dog, one of a kind personality, loving but stubborn at times
1 year 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
1 year ago
Paisley
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Learn a new trick
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.
1 year, 1 month ago
Maggi
2 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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It's very gud she not a pet for me she's my baby girl
1 year, 1 month ago
Xiaoyu
11 Years
4 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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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.
1 year, 1 month ago
Belle
5 Months
1 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Belle is very clever and likes to play
1 year, 3 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
1 year, 3 months ago
Sophie
9 Years
1 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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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
1 year, 3 months ago
Alfie
6 Years
2 People
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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
1 year, 4 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.
1 year, 6 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
1 year, 8 months ago
Shotz
11 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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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.
1 year, 11 months ago
Basil
18 Months
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Long walks
Lounging next to me
Off leash running
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.. :)
2 years, 7 months ago
Tony
8 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Long walks
Fetch
Rescue dog with great temperament, friendly, well behaved
2 years, 10 months ago
Laban
8 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Freestyle
Nose work
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!
3 years ago
Kimchi
3 Months
6 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tracking
Walking
Enjoyable. Exciting.
3 years, 1 month 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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