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

"Find similarities and differences between Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" Compare Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Name Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsTibet China England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank772019
Reviews0103
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Other Names Lhasa, Lion Dog Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
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 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 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 Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels 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 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
Price $500-$700 $800-$1200 $1200-$1500

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

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

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

Coat Dense Dense Feathered
Colors Red Yellow Brown White Black Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby
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.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Lhasa Apsos shed above average.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

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

Temperament Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Spirited Assertive Friendly Lively Playful Steady Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness
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: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
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.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with 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.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
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 Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-16 years 10-14 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.
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.
Exercise Need
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
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.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

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

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 3-5 puppies

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