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Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier" Compare Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu or Brazilian Terrier?
Name Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu Brazilian Terrier
OriginsTibet China Brazil
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank7720490
Reviews031
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Other Names Lhasa, Lion Dog Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Fox Paulistinha, Terrier Brasileiro
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers 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 Canadian Canine Registry Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price $500-$700 $800-$1200 $500-$700

General Appearance - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 17.5 pounds (8 kg)
Height 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier

Coat Dense Dense Smooth
Colors Red Yellow Brown White Black Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black White Tricolor Blue Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Brazilian Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Lhasa Apsos shed above average.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Brazilian Terriers are low shedders.

Characteristics - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier

Temperament Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Spirited Assertive Friendly Lively Playful Steady Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Active Friendly Keen Alert Gentle Restless
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Average: Brazilian Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Brazilian Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Brazilian Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Lhasa Apsos 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.
Brazilian Terriers 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.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Brazilian Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lhasa Apsos need for social interaction is average.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Brazilian Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Lhasa Apso is a very vocal breed.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Brazilian Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Brazilian Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Brazilian Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Lhasa Apso has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Brazilian Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lhasa Apsos 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.
Brazilian Terriers 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.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Brazilian Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Lhasa Apsos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Brazilian Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Brazilian Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Brazilian Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Brazilian Terriers 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 Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Brazilian Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Brazilian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Brazilian Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Brazilian Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Brazilian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Brazilian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Brazilian Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Lhasa Apsos 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.
Yes
Brazilian Terriers 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.
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
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Brazilian Terrier 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 Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier

Health Issues
Lhasa Apsos 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.
The Brazilian Terrier 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 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 Dental Problems Ear Infections Eye Infections Liver Issues Skin Allergies
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Lhasa Apsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Brazilian Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Brazilian Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Lhasa Apsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Brazilian Terriers 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: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Lhasa Apso has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Brazilian Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Brazilian Terrier is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Brazilian Terrier

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 2-5 puppies 4-7 puppies

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