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Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu" Compare Lhasa Apso and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Which is better: Lhasa Apso or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Shih Tzu?
Name Lhasa Apso Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih Tzu
OriginsTibet England China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank771920
Reviews0311
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Other Names Lhasa, Lion Dog Cav, Cavalier, Cavie Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
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 1995 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
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. 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 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 $500-$700 $1200-$1500 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

Size Small Small Small
Weight 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) 14 pounds (6.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Hair & Care - Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

Coat Dense Feathered Dense
Colors Red Yellow Brown White Black Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Lhasa Apsos shed above average.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

Temperament Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Spirited Assertive Friendly Lively Playful Steady Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Lhasa Apsos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Lhasa Apsos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lhasa Apsos need for social interaction is average.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Lhasa Apso is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Lhasa Apso has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lhasa Apsos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Lhasa Apsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Lhasa Apsos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

Stranger Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Lhasa Apsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
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
Lhasa Apso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

Health Issues
Lhasa Apsos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Cherry Eye Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 10-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Lhasa Apsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Lhasa Apsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Lhasa Apso has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Lhasa Apso vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

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 3-5 puppies 2-5 puppies

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