Lhasa Apso vs. Shih Tzu – Which is Better? Dog vs Dog


You’re Watching Animal Facts! The Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso are two similar
but different dog breeds which are often confused with each other. To the untrained, it’s easy to confuse them. As both dog breeds are known to have originated
from Tibet, they share a few similarities, such as the long coat and the relatively small
size. But, let’s discover the differences between
these two cute and lovable dogs, as part of a new series of videos contrasting similar,
sometimes confused, dog breeds. Let’s get started, but before we start,
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notification squad. Size The most obvious physical difference between
these two similar breeds is that the Lhasa Apso is slightly bigger than the Shih Tzu. A Lhasa Apso weighs between 11 and 18 pounds,
while a Shih Tzu weighs between 8 and 16 pounds. Although somewhat bigger, a Lhasa normally
has a smaller bone structure, therefore, it may look slimmer than a Shih Tzu, which has
a more solid body structure. Coat Both have a non-shedding coat and can be considered
hypoallergenic, but there are some differences in the coats of these two breeds. The coat of the Lhasa Apso is heavy, dense,
thick, and hard. The Shih Tzu’s coat is described as a more
regal, luxurious double coat, with flowing tresses. Both breeds have high grooming requirements,
but the Shih Tzu is slightly easier to groom between the two. Face The Lhasa Apso has a narrower face, a longer
muzzle, and smaller almond-shaped eyes. While the Shih Tzu has a flatter face and
muzzle with bigger and rounder eyes. The Shih Tzu also has an underbite, while
the Lhasa Apso generally does not. Temperament Both the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso can be described
as loving and affectionate with average intelligence. Neither has herding, hunting or fighting instincts
and can integrate well into families with other pets and children. Thousands of years ago, the Lhasa Apso was
bred to be a watchdog and will be a bit more alert than the Shih Tzu, which was bred primarily
to be a companion dog. Hence, the Shih Tzu tends to be a more friendly,
happy-go-lucky dog, who is trusting to everyone, including strangers. The Lhasa Apso is more independent. A Lhasa is a happy dog, but assertive, a bit
aggressive, and more stubborn and wary of strangers. It can display extreme devotion and over protectiveness
for its master. Both the Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu are good
for new owners, but the Lhasa Apso is a slightly better choice. Unless you have children. The Shih Tzu is very child-friendly. But the Lhasa Apso may not tolerate them so
well. The Lhasa Apso has an above-average tendency
to bark, while the Shih Tzu is an average barker. Lifespan The Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu have different
lifespan expectancies. While the Lhasa Apso can live 13-14 years
on average, the Shih Tzu is expected to have a lifespan of 11-12 years. The difference is that Shih Tzus are much
more likely to be affected by common health issues such as Hip Dysplasia, Collapsing Trachea,
and Hypothyroidism. A Shih Tzu owner should expect frequent trips
to the vet, while vet trips are rarer for the Lhasa, despite the Lhasa being more prone
to obesity. So, who wins? Well, that’s up for you to decide. Which breed do you think wins? Let us know in the comments. If you like this video, check out some of
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