How Much Does a Lhasa Apso Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

The Lhasa Apso, considered a designer dog, is a type of non-sporting dog breed that originated from Tibet.  Known for its long hair, the average Lhasa Apso can weigh as much as 13 pounds and are known to be very alert with a keen sense of hearing.

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How much does a Lhasa Apso cost?

On average, these dogs can range anywhere from $400 to as much as $1,600, depending on the age, gender, quality, breeder, its parents and where you adopt one. A purebred that is registered, for example, is going to be on the higher end, while one that is not registered will be on the lower end of the price range.  According to our research, your champion line Lhasa Apso can be in the mid $1,000 range, while a backyard breeder can be less than $600.  If you were to adopt an older Lhasa Apso from a reputable rescue group or the Humane Society, then costs could be less than $250.

At the time of this writing, for instance, PuppyFind.com has close to 100 listings, with ads ranging from $550 to $1,200.  The reputable breeders included AKC registration paperwork, vaccinations, a deworming and a one-year health guarantee.

Dog Breed Plus says the average new puppy can be $150 to $700.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health checkup from a licensed vet, some sort of health guarantee and a travel crate if being shipped.  Some breeders may also include a microchip, spay/neuter and/or a starter kit with samples.

If the puppy isn’t eight to 12 weeks old or the puppy hasn’t been born yet, a breeder will ask for a non-refundable deposit, usually around $150 to $300.  This deposit will then be applied to the adoption fee once the contract is finalized.

What are the extra costs?

Recurring costs such as food, medication, grooming, toys, accessories and vet visits need to be factored in.  A healthy dog can cost upwards of $800 per year to maintain, while one with severe health problems can be double or even triple this amount.

According to Next Day Pets, this breed is known to be arrogant and can be difficult to housetrain.  Because of this, it’s highly advisable your dog is trained at an early age with professional obedience classes.  Depending on where you go, these classes can cost about $100 to $200 for a group of sessions to teach your puppy the basics such as sit, stay and lay.

A daily brushing is highly advised to prevent the coat from matting and or tangling, which can often be painful for the dog.  Due to the long coat size, it’s recommended they are shampooed and bathed occasionally to keep the skin coat clean and free of any parasites.

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Its coat, which comes in gray, brown, cream, white or black, will be a heavy double coat, draped over the entire body, serving as a wonder insulation barrier during the cooler months.  As the coat grows, it will eventually cover the eyes and will be considered average shedders.

The average height will be close to 10 to 12 inches and can weigh 13 to 16 pounds.  If healthy, its lifespan can range from 14 to 16 years old.

The Lhasa Apso is known to be vigorous but very wary of strangers.  Those who own one say they can often be comedic at times and will require a lot of love from its owners.

These dogs love to run around indoors, often causing quite a ruckus.  While they do just fine indoors, they do enjoy an outdoor walk occasionally.  Due to their size and temperament, they will make a great dog for apartment life.

This breed is known for its separation anxiety, an issue that causes your dog to bark or howl when its owner is away for long periods of time.

Health problems this breed is susceptible of includes cherry eye, renal dysplasia, patellar luxation, allergies, skin issues, sebaceous adenitis, keratoconjunctivitis sicca and familial inherited renal dysplasia.

According to lhasaapso.org, those who have allergies will have a difficult time being around this dog due to the coat oil, hair and saliva.  But, unlike other shorter breeds, some can live with it since it doesn’t shed as much.

How can I save money?

Check with a local rescue group or Humane Society to see if any older adults are up for adoption. While this specific breed may not be there, you may be able to find a similar “mutt’ you can fall in love with.  Adopting is a great way to offer an older dog a loving forever home and also supports your local rescue groups.


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