Which is best a male or female Lhasa Apso?


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Are you having a difficult time choosing between a male or female Lhasa Apso? Each gender has it’s for and against but which one is right for you.

When our first baby came we had no choice in its sex. For a dog, we can choose which is the best a male or female Lhasa Apso. Both sexes have outstanding qualities.

I have a male and he has a strong character, does the female have the same character? Let’s check these two sexes out now. And make our choice.


So you have decided to buy a pet dog and of course, it is going to be a Lhasa Apso but what sex? female or male? this is not a question to look at lightly.

Males can be dominant and can be embarrassing when you are around other male dogs, your male Lhasa Apso may want to prove his dominance in an embarrassing way for you.

Some specialists say that the male is an easier dog to train and that the female is more affectionate. This is probably due to the maternal instinct of the female they say.

Are there any real differences between the two sexes or is this just a human saying what they feel depending on their own choices. I have spent quite some time looking on the Internet for the answer to this question, which is the best a male or a female?

What are the differences between the two sexes?

Let us see if we can discern any differences between these two sexes. Apart from the anatomy which is a visual sign what else can we find that sets them apart one from the other?


Firstly let’s look at the size of the male Lhasa Apso. I healthy male should be around 10.75 inches at the shoulders which converts to 27.5cm If your Lhasa apso is not overweight the correct weight should be around 14- 18 lb again this converts to 6.5 to 8.5 kg

Now we look at the size of the female, they tend to be a little smaller in height, and consequently, their weight will be a little lighter if they are not overweight, ranging between twelve to fourteen pounds which converts to 5.5 to 6.5 kg

We can ascertain here that on a physical appearance the male will be slightly taller and heavier than the female.



Like the human male species the Lhasa Apso male dog will, of course, eat more than a female in normal circumstances, if the female is pregnant she will obviously eat as much as the male.

To a certain extent, the female will be less aggressive and independent than the male. It will be more difficult for a male dog to be under control in a confined area If there are male dogs there as well, and this will be heightened if there is a female in heat in the area.


Apart from the very small difference in size and weight the appearances of both sexes are similar, they will either have long or short hair depending on the owners choice. The normal colors of their hair, it is hair and not a coat, varies in many colors from, black, black and tan, white, Grizzel, which is a black hair mixed with any other color type, even going as red as a red setter in color, but I love my Lhasa that has the beautiful brown/fawn hair with black tips to his ears and mustache.



Hair colors that are less common are liver, silver, blue, gray, and charcol. Lhasa Apso in this second or alternative colors do stand out from the crowd more! If you are buying a puppy look close at thr hair roots to see if there are any signs of different hair color. This may be the final color as the dog grows up and matures.

Behavior and Temper

The female Lhasa tends to be the moodier of the two,  if spayed she will have less moody periods. Females do appear to be more observant of what is going on around them, more likely a maternal instinct.  Unlike the female, the male Lhasa prefers to make a friendship with one person, the female, on the other hand, likes to be friendly with all the family.

If you choose a male and they have not been neutered then their behavior can be difficult to control if there are females in the area that are in heat, the male can smell females in heat for many miles around and might possibly disappear for a day or two in pursuit of the female.

Another point to be aware of, the male dog becomes mature sexually before the female, therefore this should be taken into account when you choose between a male and a female dog. Especially if you have other female dogs in your home.

Overall the male appears to behave in a more tranquil attitude than the female, is easier to train, have stable moods, and of course, bolder.

Do males bite more?

Firstly we need to understand the difference between an aggressive dog and a dog that’s dominant. The two cases are not in the same ballpark.

Let’s look at the first case, we need to find the reason why the dog is aggressive and see if any extra training could help resolve the problem. The aggressive Lhasa Apso will have a tendency to growl, lunge, snarl and even bite other dogs and even people. They are basically defending their ranking in the pack.

A dominant dog is one that will try and assert his authority in the home and family and settle any hierarchy issues the best way that wins that battle but they tend not to bite or behave as the aggressive dog does.

Male dogs do tend to be larger and if unneutered will be more likely to attack and bite. A survey points out that male dogs that are out walking with a man are more likely to bite, and if on a leash will tend to be even more aggressive by up to four times. This survey also points out that dogs can pick up emotions from other dogs and humans.

What I have found though is the female Lhasa is more aggressive than the male mainly because of the maternal instincts and will certainly be a good protector for your home. But I see no reason why the male would bite more than the female.

Are males more Aggressive?

Looking at us humans men do have the upper hand at being aggressive, take sport, for example, there are more men in sports such as boxing, Judo, rugby, these are sports that have an aggressive tendency, men also enlist in the army, start bar fights, basically man is physically stronger than a woman and thus ends up being more violent in sports, military actions and has the label as being aggressive, we probably correlate this human behavior to dogs thinking that a male dog must obviously more aggressive as well.

If you are reading all the reports on this post you will have seen the last paragraph where it is stated that the female has a tendance to be more aggressive. Trying to determine which sex is more aggressive in dogs is not an easy task.


The testosterone in a male leads them to be aggressive by nature. In the dog world, male dogs do take their stance, growl and threaten other male dogs to assert their dominance more than females do amongst themselves. With a lack of testosterone in the female, she will be less aggressive. But that is not to say when two female dogs get together and a fight takes place the females go at it no holds barred, they fight to hurt and fight to prove who is the queen, males, on the other hand, will bark and nip at their opponents to assert who is boss and do not intend to hurt. 

If a female Lhasa Apso has young puppies then she is going to be very aggressive to anyone human or dog that she thinks will cause them harm. One important factor to look out for is that after each period of being in heat their bodies are full of hormones the same as those during her pregnancy, and to this effect they might show strange signs and behaviors, becoming snappy and growling much more. Becoming possessive over their toys, keep the children away at this period from her toys as her instinct is she is treating them as her new puppies.

That is not to say that if a male is untrained he to could have an aggressive character as well. As with all dogs, correct training will eliminate this aggressiveness. I feel that after my findings, in most situations that all things being equal the male can be classed as less aggressive.


Which are friendlier?

It is nice to have friends to share dinners and time to have laughs. Moments that stay in our hearts to look back on.

Our dogs are friends for us that we spend a lot of time with. I talk to my Lucky as if he was human pouring on him my day’s history, he is my close animal friend.

Females are as a rule more effectionate, but this comes with mood swings.  Whereas the male tends to more constant in his temperment, with a down side of being more independent.

As Lucky is a male is he friendlier than females? I have searched the web and can honestly say the female is more territorial and a protector and less entertaining than the males.

This would bring me to the conclusion that the male will be friendlier and amuse you more with their character and playfulness.

Are females easier to train?

When training either male or female Lhasa’s you should start whilst they still very young. They are a breed of dog that does not seem to have a care in the world and if left untrained could get themselves into trouble.

Training these little bundles of fluff is easy as they love to please. You should be training for obedience, socializing and of course, house training. Do reward your Lhasa Apso everytime they obey your commands with titbits and praise, they soon learn that the goodies come when they do it right.

Some basic rules, you must follow and be firm to with yourself when training your male or female Lhasa Apso.

1     Have some rules in your home that your dog needs to respect, for instance, can they go into your bedroom? will they be fed at your table? Are they allowed on the furniture?  Can they get on your bed? Will they have areas that are out of bounds? Kitchen, bathroom, children’s bedroom. If you have your rules and boundaries clear in your mind then when your dog arrives you must stick to them and don’t change the rules as this will make life confusing for both of you.

2     Train them to recognize a special place set aside for them where their bed will be, this is to be used only by them and no other pets. Each time you tell them to go there with a command word, Bed, Home, Place, whatever you choose then always reward with praise and titbits. Once they realize it’s their place they will often go there for some quiet time to be on their own and of course, at night it’s their bed.

3      Never allow your pet to nip or bite you, or chew your slippers, you are the leader of their pack so this is not allowed at all. If they continue, why not try to discourage this behavior, not by shouting but making out they are hurting you so much, it might make them stop this attitude. Another thing you could try is to replace your slippers if that is their thing and give them one of the favorite toys to play with instead.

4      When you walk in the front door and your gorgeous little Lhasa had decided to chew the cushions or your best shoes it is no good to shout and scream, dogs do not remember what they have done five mins after doing it. So all your shouting at them for their misbehavior they have already forgotten about and will fail to have any positive effect unless you catch them in the act! If caught in the act then reprimand them with a firm authoritative voice and never hit them.

Make time after training your male or female Lhasa to have some fun time together, lots of play praise and cuddles will have a positive effect and they will be back for training the next time ready and eager.


 Is there a difference in their brains?

 There is certainly a difference between the male and female.  In this comparison its the female that comes out on top. So just what is it that differs the female from the male? Checking the internet I found that even the experts are not too sure why this is, they believe it is a sexual cause. Going back to instincts the male dog would hunt to provide for the family while the female would stay in the same place and build the home environment. Experiments showed that female dogs continued to observe for around thirty seconds more when a change in the experiment was put before both sexes.

Going back to the female, instinctively she would raise her pups with only this in mind which could which would give her more nurturing abilities whereas the male in his hunting role would develop different skills, he would develop better skills at finding his way around new areas that were new hunting grounds for example.

So these studies would confirm that the female has different capabilities than the male, but is this difference related to a better intelligence for the female dog? There are so many criteria that come into play to make a scientific judgment and just as some humans will say the man is more intelligent than the woman there will be an equal amount that says the opposite.


Related questions

Neutering a Lhasa Apso

If you do not plan on breeding your pet Lhasa Apso then to make training easier getting them neutured or spayed while they are still young is the advice from most experts. For the male it will calm their sexual antics and help them from being too aggressive. For the female the advantage will be no more unsightly blood stains around the home when they come in heat, which is twice year.

Personal Preferences

My personal preferance of course, is the male, why? because my Lhasa Apso Lucky found me, I did not choose him. He is now neutured because of health problems (he had cancer in one of his testicles) and has become a real old grandad, he is almost seveteen years old and has given me many years of fun. Lucky is ”my lhasa apso”


There seems to be many arguments on this question, some I hope I have coverd here to the best advice found on the internet. But there are many more questiions that could still be answerd, the list could go on and on. At the end of the day it is your preferance that will be your answer to ”Which is best male or female Lhasa Apso”  I wish you the most happiest and fun times together with your new pet Lhasa Apso.

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