The Lhasa Apso is ideal as a family pet. Because of its small size, it may live comfortably in an apartment, and it does not require a lot of exercise. It is somewhat cautious toward strangers, but with its human family it is friendly and loyal, and it loves children. It is playful, jolly, and adaptable, and it enjoys human companionship. It is a good observer with a keen sense of hearing, and for this reason it is well-suited for guard duties, but as an alert-dog rather than a defensive guard!
The Lhasa Apso is a small dog, since its height ranges from 25 to 28 cm tall and it weighs from 4 to 7 kilos. Its coat is rich, thick, long and straight, and it requires regular grooming and daily combing. The coat-color may be white, golden, crème, brown, grey, and black.