The Lhasa Apso (lha-sah ap-so) is a non-sporting dog breed originating from Tibet. It was bred as a lookout in Buddhist monasteries, who alerted the monks to any intruders. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and also is a word in the Tibetan language meaning "bearded," so Lhasa Apso simply means "long-haired Tibetan dog."
These can vary according to regions and types. This little dog is a member of the utility group. The Lhasa Apso is a long coated, sturdy little dog. They are loyal, trustful and intelligent dogs. They do get along well with children and other dogs. As a breed they can be independent and are wary of strangers. They do enjoy the company of children.