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Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso" Compare Toy Poodle and Pomeranian. Which is better: Toy Poodle or Pomeranian or Lhasa Apso?
Name Toy Poodle Pomeranian Lhasa Apso
OriginsGermany France Germany Poland Tibet
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank4492277
Reviews120
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Other Names Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze, Zwergspitz, Spitz Nain, Spitz Enano, Zwers Lhasa, Lion Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price 1000-1500 $600-$800 $500-$700

General Appearance - Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg) 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) 5 pounds (2 kg) 14 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)
Height Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 7-12 inches (18-30 cm) 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Avg. Height Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso

Coat Dense Curly Thick Fluffy Dense
Colors Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Blue Gray Red Tan Brown Orange White Black Red Yellow Brown White Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
Pomeranians shed moderately.
Lhasa Apsos shed above average.

Characteristics - Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Active Friendly Lively Sociable Extroverted Intelligent Playful Attentive Docile Trainable Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Spirited Assertive Friendly Lively Playful Steady
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Pomeranians are easy to train.
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
Pomeranians, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Lhasa Apsos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pomeranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lhasa Apsos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Pomeranians need a lot of social interaction.
Lhasa Apsos need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
High: The Lhasa Apso is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Pomeranians are average watchdogs.
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Pomeranians strongly protect their territory.
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lhasa Apso has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pomeranians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lhasa Apsos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pomeranians are not the biggest explorers.
Lhasa Apsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Pomeranians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Lhasa Apsos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Lhasa Apsos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pomeranians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Pomeranians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso

Stranger Friendly
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are very cat-friendly dogs.
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Pomeranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pomeranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pomeranians are not the best breed for elderly people.
Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Pomeranians are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pomeranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Lhasa Apsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pomeranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lhasa Apso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso

Health Issues
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Pomeranian is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Lhasa Apsos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle Allergies Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Dry Eye Epilepsy Heat Intolerance Heatstroke Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Patent Ductus Arteriosis Seizures Allergies Cherry Eye Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pomeranians have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Lhasa Apsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Pomeranians exercise need is minimal.
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Pomeranians sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Lhasa Apsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pomeranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Pomeranian has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lhasa Apso has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pomeranian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Toy Poodle vs Pomeranian vs Lhasa Apso

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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