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Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya" Compare Lhasa Apso and Akita. Which is better: Lhasa Apso or Akita or Hortaya Borzaya?
Name Lhasa Apso Akita Hortaya Borzaya
OriginsTibet Japan Russia Ukraine Belarus
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank7747428
Reviews030
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Other Names Lhasa, Lion Dog Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita Chort, Hort, Hrt, Chortaja borzaja, Xорт, Kурч, Kurtas
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
No set
Price $500-$700 $800-$1200 Unknown

General Appearance - Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya

Size Small Large Large
Giant
Weight 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg) Male: 61-75 pounds (28-34 kg), Female: 48-61 pounds (22-28 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 26-30 inches (65-75 cm), Female: 24-28 inches (60-70 cm)
Avg. Height 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Hair & Care - Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya

Coat Dense Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Dense
Straight
Close Fitting
Elastic
Colors Red
Yellow
Brown
White
Black
Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
White
Cream
Sable
Black
Red
Brindle
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Hortaya Borzaya doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Lhasa Apsos shed above average.
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Hortaya Borzayas shed moderately.

Characteristics - Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya

Temperament Alert
Devoted
Intelligent
Obedient
Spirited
Assertive
Friendly
Lively
Playful
Steady
Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Active
Friendly
Vigilant
Gentle
Trainable
Intelligent
Guarding
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Hortaya Borzaya's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Hortaya Borzayas are easy to train.
Playfulness
Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Hortaya Borzaya is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Lhasa Apsos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Lhasa Apsos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Hortaya Borzayas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lhasa Apsos need for social interaction is average.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Hortaya Borzayas are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Lhasa Apso is a very vocal breed.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Average: The Hortaya Borzaya barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Hortaya Borzayas are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Hortaya Borzayas are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Lhasa Apso has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Hortaya Borzaya has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lhasa Apsos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Hortaya Borzayas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Lhasa Apsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Hortaya Borzayas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Lhasa Apsos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Hortaya Borzayas have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Hortaya Borzayas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Hortaya Borzayas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Hortaya Borzayas 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.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya

Stranger Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Hortaya Borzayas are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Hortaya Borzayas are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Hortaya Borzayas are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Hortaya Borzayas are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Hortaya Borzaya is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Hortaya Borzayas are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Hortaya Borzayas usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Lhasa Apsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Hortaya Borzayas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Lhasa Apso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Hortaya Borzaya 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 - Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya

Health Issues
Lhasa Apsos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies
Cherry Eye
Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 13-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Lhasa Apsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Hortaya Borzayas are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Hortaya Borzayas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Lhasa Apsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Hortaya Borzayas 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: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Lhasa Apso has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Hortaya Borzaya has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Hortaya Borzaya is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Lhasa Apso vs Akita vs Hortaya Borzaya

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 4-6 puppies 3-12 puppies 6-8 puppies

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