2. Lhasa Apso
These dogs are intelligent and do well with obedience training. They can be taught to sit, heel and even beg if owners are persistent with training them.
However, there are a few character traits that new owners of Lhasa Apso dogs need to keep in mind.
Though often similar in appearance to Shih Tzus, the temperaments of Lhasa Apso dogs can be very different. The Shih Tzu was bred as a companion dog and tends to be friendly with people, even children.
In contrast, the Lhasa was bred to guard the temples in Tibet, and it takes that job very seriously. Lhasas tend to be standoffish with unfamiliar people, especially children, and can be nippy if approached too suddenly or boisterously.
This behavior is understandable given the small size of the dog, which can feel as though it needs to protect itself from larger humans.
Treat this dog with care and respect. Despite its small size, it is capable of inflicting a painful bite. However, in a calm environment with familiar people, the Lhasa Apso can make a very loyal pet.