Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu?

A new owner seeks help determining the breed of her rescue dog.


Q. I have adopted a rescue dog, and I'm not sure if she's a Lhasa Apso or a Shih Tzu. Can you tell?

A. I would say you have a Shih Tzu. She has much more of a pronounced undershot bite. The Lhasa Apso standard asks for a level or slightly undershot bite. The Shih Tzu skull is also round, which your girl exhibits. The Lhasa has a flatter skull. Finally, parti-color (white with silver, black or gold markings) is far more frequently seen in the Shih Tzu than in the Lhasa Apso.


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Shirley   Wills Point, TX

3/28/2011 11:00:19 AM

My Llasa Apso looked almost identical.

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Robin   Perry, OH

2/5/2011 4:04:24 PM

I have to go with Shih Tzu. Looks like ours.

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Barbara   Lilburn, GA

10/6/2010 5:45:04 AM

I think, Shih Tzu. She looks so much like my little Sophie. Her markings are the same and so is the color.

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Kaycee <3   Chicago, IL

9/27/2009 4:51:02 PM

thtas a shih-tzu because i have one i learned online that all shih-tzu have a little white tuff of hair on the top of there heads.

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