The Lhasa Apso Cost Guide (with Free Calculator)


The costs associated with a new pet can be hard to put a finger on, and if you are looking to raise a Lhasa Apso, you will need to take a number of things into consideration – the cost of the dog itself, veterinary expenses, training, food, supplies, insurance, license, grooming and more. To give you a good estimation, we have developed a cost calculator that will inform you on the accurate cost of purchasing and maintaining a Lhasa.

A Lhasa Apso puppy is likely to cost between $550-$1,240 with the average price being $950. First-year expenses are around $2,685 and will be about $1,190/year (or $99/month) after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Lhasa Apso is $18,155.

These figures consider all the essentials. However, extra costs such as spay/neuter procedure, pet insurance, as well as dog walking and boarding services that can be necessary, are not included. If you take those into consideration, especially if you need a dog walker five times a week, your expenses are likely to rise to $7,905 for the first year and $7,035 for each subsequent year on average. This would put the average cost at $99,360 for the entirety of your Lhasa’s lifetime ($68,515-$133,580 range).

The high range is relevant for owners living in expensive areas and/or looking for high-end products and services. On the contrary, the low end of the range is suitable for cheaper areas, products, and services.

Below, we have compiled a ton of information, analyses and professional recommendations that are sure to help with raising a Lhasa Apso as well as planning your finances. You will also find a cost calculator that lets you apply your requirements to help generate a much more accurate estimate when it comes to determining the overall cost of raising your puppy.

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How much is a Lhasa Apso puppy?

After reviewing over one hundred ads from reputable websites like the American Kennel Club and PuppyFind, we found that the average price for a Lhasa Apso under 6 months is $950 per puppy. While puppies can be found for as low as $550, they can also end up being as high as $1,240, with almost 80% of prices found falling within that range. The most expensive puppies were even priced at $2,000.

Puppy CostRangeAverage Cost
Lhasa Apso$550 – $1,240$950

If you are interested in a Lhasa puppy, we strongly recommend doing some research and finding a reputable shelter or breeder, as this can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of your dog! Adoption can be a much more affordable alternative, as rehoming fees usually amount to anywhere between $50-$500 depending on location.

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Puppies Price RangeAds Reviewed
$300 – $60017
$601 – $900 37
$901 – $1,200 60
$1,201 – $1,500 6
$1,501 – $1,800 1
$1,801 – $2,000 6
Total 127

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“As a veterinarian, I think Lhasa Apso breeding dogs should be evaluated or tested for the following conditions prior to breeding and throughout their breeding years: patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, eye examination by an ophthalmologist (at 8-12 weeks and then annually), cardiac evaluation by a cardiologist (annually). Buyers should ask the breeder about health screening tests performed.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

If you want to know more about the price of puppies in the US or compare this breed with 150 others, check our puppy prices article based on the analysis of close to 50,000 ads (for 151 different breeds).

Factors affecting the price of puppies and why prices vary for the same breed.

Purebred or mixed. Usually, mixed-breeds are sold at a lower price than purebred dogs.

Bloodline and breeder’s reputation. If the parents are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder, the price will be substantially higher. These breeders also tend to invest more money than others to take care of their breeding dogs and puppies.

Registration papers/pedigree. Some breeders are members of kennel clubs, the most famous being the American Kennel Club (AKC). They can also have their breeding dogs and puppies registered which would also add to their fees.

Health screenings and medical expenses. Serious breeders will have their breeding dogs and/or puppies evaluated/tested for different medical conditions. Moreover, some will take their puppies to the vet for an exam, deworming, vaccines, and/or microchip implantation prior to selling them. This drives the price higher but also reduces the risk to get an unhealthy dog.

Training and socialization. Some breeders sell their dogs after they are trained and socialized. It will increase the puppy’s price but generate savings as you most probably won’t have to invest in more training and also gives a better chance to get a well-behaved dog.

Breed popularity in the buyer’s location. Local supply and demand will have an impact on puppy prices. For example, small dogs tend to be more popular in metropolitan areas where people live in smaller spaces. Some breeds are more in demand in colder climates, others where hunting is popular, etc. It is worth looking for prices in different locations, but it is risky to buy a dog without having seen it before or at least have met with the breeder and visited the kennel.

Age. As most people want to get their puppy as young as possible, prices tend to be lower when the dog gets older. For example, on average a 6-month-old pup is likely to be less expensive than an 8-week-old one.

Coat color and markings. Coat color trends can change quickly. For any breed, some colors are more popular than others, sometimes temporarily. When the interest for a specific coat color grows, puppies get more expensive as an increase in demand leads to a higher market price. Also, for purebred dogs, only certain colors and color combinations are accepted by kennel clubs. Finally, puppies with rare colors can be very expensive as well.

The cost of supplies for a small dog

Ideally, you will want to have a certain amount of supplies on hand to welcome your Lhasa Apso into your home. For small dogs, you will be looking at a $345 initial investment on average for the first year. This is based on the analysis of 250 products on famous marketplaces such as Walmart, PetSmart, and Amazon.

Supplies PricesRangeAverage Cost
Food & Water Bowls$5 – $20$15
Dog Collars (x2) $5 – $40 $20
Leash $5 – $20 $10
ID Tag with Phone Number $5 – $20 $10
Dog Bed (24″ or 30″) $15 – $65 $35
Dog Crate (24″ or 30″) $20 – $80 $40
Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080) $15 – $110 $55
Pooper Scooper $10 – $30 $20
House Training Pads (75-100) $15 – $45 $25
Stains and Odors Removal Spray $5 – $20 $10
Toys $15 – $50 $30
First-Aid Kit $15 – $50 $30
Brush $5 – $45 $15
Shampoo $5 – $20 $10
Tooth-brushing Kit $5 – $15 $10
Toenail Clippers $5 – $20 $10

As your Lhasa Apso grows, the price of supplies does ease up. For each subsequent year, your expenses are likely to range between $55 and $260, putting the average cost at $140. This considers all the items that need to be repurchased, such as toys, bed, shampoo, sanitary bags, tooth brushing equipment and the like.

Total Supplies CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year$150 – $650$345
Subsequent Years$55 – $260$140

The quality of products and the store choice will have a notable influence on prices. Additional equipment or items may be necessary in some cases, such as clothing, a play pen, fences, anti-chew sprays, muzzles, and harnesses, but are not included in our necessary expenses. Take that into consideration when planning costs. To help save, consider looking at second-hand stores and websites.

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Should a Lhasa Apso be trained?

Dog trainer and animal behaviorist Alexa Diaz, Ph.D., would recommend a few group training sessions for a Lhasa Apso. These would cover basic obedience and socialization and typically cost $150 to $200 for 5 hours (5 weekly 1-hour lessons). Lhasa Apsos usually do not need any private training.

Training CostRangeAverage Cost
Lhasa Apso$150 – $200$175

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All about Lhasas medical costs

According to Dr Leslie Brooks, licensed-veterinarian, medical expenses for a Lhasa Apso should amount to close to $590 for the first year of life (plus a potential $50 to $300 one-time fee to spay/neuter the dog) and around $465 every year after that. Of course, these figures vary according to location and highly depend on the clinics accessible to you.

Medical CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year Vet Cost$385 – $795$590
Spay/Neuter (optional)$50 – $300$175
Adult Year Vet Cost$280 – $645$465

Vet cost for a Lhasa Apso puppy

Leslie Brooks, DVM, recommends a minimum of three visits to the vet during the first year of the Lhasa Apso puppy, with the first appointment coming in at 8 weeks of age. Each trip ranges from $65-$170 and accounts for physical checkups, fecal examination, basic vaccines including rabies, heartworm, and flea prevention.

Dr Brooks also suggests following through with heartworm and flea prevention after the initial trips to the vet, resulting in expenses ranging from $50 to $105 and $70 to $105 for the rest of the puppy’s first year.

Moreover, your dog may require additional vaccines that depend on lifestyle and activities.

  • Leptospirosis is a common problem if the dog is exposed to wildlife, taken on camping/hiking trips often or regularly plays in puddles, lakes, or ponds ($15-25).
  • Influenza medication is recommended if the dog is boarded or kept in a daycare for extended periods of time. Doggy daycare or kennels can also require it ($70-90 for two doses).
  • Lyme vaccination is necessary if the Lhasa Apso is exposed to ticks when outside especially on farms and/or in the woods. This typically costs $60-80 for two doses.

If spaying (female) or neutering (male) is considered, the owner should expect a $100 to $300 bill in most clinics for a Lhasa, depending on the area. It is also possible to find low-cost options as low as $50 in some places. Note that, generally, spays tend to be slightly more expensive.

Veterinary expenses for an adult Lhasa Apso

Each subsequent year should entail at least one annual trip to the vet. Usually, these cost $125-$265, depending on the clinic and locality. According to Dr Brooks, DVM, it will most probably include a physical examination, vaccinations, a heartworm test, and blood work for middle aged and senior dogs (to detect any hidden medical conditions).

It is also recommended to follow through with heartworm and flea prevention medications, which usually fall in between the $55-70 and $100-$150 ranges respectively for the year with a Lhasa Apso.

Additionally, the optional vaccines introduced before may also command annual booster shots ($15-$45 each), and a fecal examination may be required if the pet has inconsistent stool quality or is regularly exposed to other animals, adding another $40-$50 to the total cost.

Some common health issues for Lhasa Apsos

Below is a list provided by licensed veterinarian Leslie Brooks, DVM, introducing some of the probable medical issues a Lhasa Apso and its owner could have to face.

Health ProblemLikelihoodTreatment Cost Estimate
Mitral Valve Disease of the HeartMedium$300 – $800
Patellar LuxationHigh$300 – $2,000
AllergiesHigh$80 – $2,000 per year
Gastrointestinal Disease & PancreatitisMedium$300 – $1,200
Portosystemic Shunt (Liver Shunt)Medium$2,000 – $5,000

Mitral valve disease of the heart: the high end of the range is if an echocardiogram needs to be done on top of x-rays and lifelong medications expenses.

Patellar luxation: the low end is just for pain management as needed and joint supplements. The high end is if surgery is needed (if it is causing the Lhasa Apso a lot of pain and if it cannot get its knee back in place on its own).

Allergies involving skin and ear itchiness and infections: the cost varies if the pet has constant itching and allergy issues throughout the year or if it just has 1-2 flare ups per year. It would also depend on whether the owner proceeds with allergy testing and the pet receives allergy injections.

Note that the pet may also need to be on prescription food in the case of allergies, which could cost up to $75 per month. Allergies symptoms include itchy skin and skin infections, as well as itchy ears and ear infections.

Gastrointestinal disease & Pancreatitis: this is a cost estimate throughout the Lhasa Apso’s lifetime for diagnostics and treatments, including if any hospitalizations are needed.

Portosystemic shunt: the low end of the cost range is for diagnostics and medical management with medications and special food, while the high end is for diagnostics and surgery.

“Lhasa Apsos, due to their fast-growing fur, need to be groomed regularly to prevent matted fur and skin problems.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

Dog health insurance

One might consider enrolling their Lhasa Apso in a health insurance plan as a safety net against unexpected costs, making budgeting much easier. As per the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry report, the average annual price for accident and illness coverage plans round out at about $565. For accident only plans, the average price is $190. Contact pet insurance companies to know more and get a quote.

It is also possible to get complete health coverage with some insurance companies but it gets much more expensive, except for Eusoh (see below).

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As mentioned, some medical conditions can be expensive to treat. Although purebred dogs may have a higher incidence of some inherited disorders, mixed breed dogs are also likely to develop health conditions, such as cancer and heart disorders. No dog owner should have to make critical decisions about their pets based on their ability to afford care. That’s why pet insurance is more popular every year in the US.

When comparing pet insurances, price is a significant factor, but it is also essential to consider:
Deductible type (per incident or per year) and amount
Reimbursements percentage and limits
Services included (emergency visits, hospitalization, surgery, medications, specialists, cancer treatments, pre-existing conditions, etc.)
When coverage will start

The price will vary depending on multiple factors, including the dog’s breed, age, location, and the plan chosen. You can compare pet insurance prices on comparison websites like PetInsuranceReview.

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Eusoh is a community-based pet insurance alternative in which members share the cost of their veterinary expenses. You get reimbursed for your pet’s medical, wellness, illness, routine care expenses but never pay more than $65/month ($40 on average).

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– There is no premium, so you don’t overpay for care in your monthly contributions. Any unused contributions are rolled over entirely as a credit.
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– You can get advice from other Eusoh members.

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How much does it cost to feed a Lhasa Apso?

Considering a Lhasa Apso, on average, weighs around 15 lb. (usually 12 to 18 lb.), we were able to estimate the cost to feed your puppy and adult dog with some of the most popular brands of dog dry food including Purina, Purina One, Pedigree and Blue Buffalo. The cost varies a lot whether the dog is fed cheap or premium food.

Yearly Food CostRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$75 – $130$100
Adult Dog$45 – $180$100

We have also reviewed the price of the 27 best-selling dog treats for small dogs on Walmart, PetSmart, and Amazon to estimate the yearly cost.

Treats CostRangeAverage Cost
Yearly Treats$40 – $240$150

This cost estimation for treats is based on the premise that the dog gets one big treat every day. If you give your dog a treat every other day, you can divide these amounts by two. If it is once a week, divide them by seven, and so on. Enter the relevant information in the calculator at the end of the article to get your personalized cost estimate.

Four dog food brands compared

During the first year, a Lhasa Apso puppy will eat around 80 lb. of food. This amount may vary depending on the dog, its age and activity level as well as its size and the food brand.

Puppy Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Puppy Chow36 lb.3$27.78 (Walmart)$83.34
Purina One – Smart Blend Puppy16.5 lb.5$21.98 (Walmart)$109.90
Pedigree – Puppy36 lb.3$25.83 (Walmart)$77.49
Blue Buffalo – Puppy30 lb.3$44.08 (Amazon)$132.24

An adult Lhasa Apso will eat around 100 lb. of food per year.

Adult Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Dog Chow50 lb.2$22.98 (Walmart)$45.96
Purina One – Smart Blend40 lb.3$40.36 (Walmart)$121.08
Pedigree – Adult50 lb.2$25.83 (Walmart)$51.66
Blue Buffalo – Adult30 lb.4$44.98 (Amazon)$179.92

Buying in bulk is a good idea when it comes to dog food, as it will likely give you better prices. Dog food is perishable but can be stored for extended periods of time if the bags have not been opened. We recommend checking the packaging to see how long it can be stored and see what works best for you. If you have been taking your Lhasa Apso to a vet, we recommend taking up their advice on what dog food works best with your dog.

Example for a more expensive premium brand

Royal Canin – Size Health NutritionQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Small Puppy13 lb.7$44.99 (PetSmart)$314.93
Small Adult14 lb.8$41.99 (PetSmart)$335.92

This illustrates the price difference between budget-friendly and premium dog food.

Lhasa Apso grooming prices

Our expert, Corryne Smith, suggests that a Lhasa be professionally groomed 4 to 8 times a year on average. If left to a professional, each visit is likely to cost between $40 and $60 depending on your locality, the services requested, the dog size, behavior, coat condition, health, and age.

Yearly Grooming CostRangeAverage Cost
Lhasa Apso$160 – $480$320

Most professional groomers will bath and shampoo your dog, remove, brush and style its hair, trim its nail and clean its teeth, eyes, and ears as part of their offer.

Additionally, if you have the skills to do the grooming yourself, all-inclusive kits available online generally cost between $25-$290, with an average price of $75. They come with everything you will need to take care of your Lhasa Apso and offer a more affordable alternative.

Additional costs to consider

Additional CostsRangeAverage Cost
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
Dog Walking (per walk) $15 – $25 $20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

License

Licenses range from $10-$20 across the U.S.A, provided your dog is spayed or neutered. If not, the cost is likely to be a little bit higher. We strongly recommend licensing your Lhasa Apso, as it can be illegal, depending on state and territory legislation, to own an unlicensed dog. Moreover, it makes identification and locating in the case of emergencies that much easier.

Microchip

Microchips create a unique identification to your dog, allowing them to be on medical and emergency databases. Microchips are required in many U.S. states and will range from $25-$50.

Dog walking

Tamaria Reddick, a well-reputed dog walker and dog sitter says that Lhasa Apsos require a fair amount of exercise. If you cannot take your dog out during the day, she recommends hiring a dog walker for 30-minutes sessions, as it is best that your Lhasa Apso gets to move and spend time outside. These 30-minute walks usually range from $15 and $25 each, ($25-$50 for a 1-hour walk).

These costs can add up if you need a dog walker throughout the year, so take that into consideration when planning for the expenses that come with a dog. Dog walkers can be found on apps like Rover or Wag. If the dog is not properly socialized, it might need private walks which are more expensive.

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Traveling

In the case of extended travel plans, dog boarding services are generally available and accessible, provided you plan. They cost between $25-$85 a day, depending on location and time of year. During particularly busy stretches of the year, such as the holidays, you will need to book a dog boarding service in advance, as you are likely to get much better deals and rates when doing so.

If you are on a tight budget, checking with any friends or family to see if they would be willing to host your dog is a good idea, as these prices can add up very quickly.

Finally, you might be able to take your dog with you, as many airlines and train companies offer special provisions to help move your pets. You will have to submit a formal request ahead of time though, so make sure to plan your trips early. Moreover, the cost varies drastically, as it depends on several variables, so make sure to plan when traveling with your dog.

Yearly and monthly cost of a Lhasa Apso

The first year with your Lhasa puppy

On average, the first-year cost that comes with a Lhasa Apso puppy ranges between $1,545 and $3,805. This comes down to an average cost of $2,685, with the bulk of the major expenses taking place within the first few weeks.

First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$550 – $1,240$950
Supplies$150 – $650$345
Training$150 – $200$175
Medical$385 – $795$590
Food & Treats$115 – $370$250
Grooming$160 – $480$320
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
First Year Total$1,545 – $3,805$2,685

You might also want to consider some of the additional costs listed below.

Optional First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Spay/Neuter$50 – $300$175
Insurance$350 – $780$565
Dog Walking (30 minutes per day)$15 – $25$20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

If you choose to neuter/spay your dog and get pet insurance, the cost rises to $3,425 on average for the first year. Add to that a week of dog boarding and a dog walker five days a week for 42 weeks and it will cost you around $7,905.

Potential First Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$1,945 – $4,885$3,425
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$5,270 – $10,730$7,905

Yearly and monthly cost of a Lhasa Apso for the following years

The costs that come with owning a Lhasa Apso do go down after the first year. For each subsequent year, supplies, medical expenses, food, treats, grooming services and license renewal will run you anything between $590 and $1,825, with an average cost of $1,190 (if we break it down further, this comes down to a monthly cost in the $49-$152 range and averages $99/month).

Adult Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Supplies$55 – $260$140
Medical$280 – $645$465
Food & Treats$85 – $420$250
Grooming$160 – $480$320
License$10 – $20$15
Adult Year Total$590 – $1,825$1,190
Estimated Monthly Cost$49 – $152$99

With insurance, 30-minute dog walks five days a week for 50 weeks and dog boarding for seven days, the average cost climbs to $7,035 for the year (or $586 every month)!

Potential Adult Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Insurance$940 – $2,605$1,755
With Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$4,865 – $9,450$7,035

Cost of ownership of a Lhasa Apso

In total, the cost of owning and raising a Lhasa Apso for 14 years boils down to the $9,215-$27,530 range, with the average cost being $18,155.

Total Cost of Ownership (14 years)RangeAverage Cost
Lhasa Apso$9,215 – $27,530$18,155

With additional expenses tacked on, such as spay/neuter, insurance and dog-based services as described in the previous sections, the price of raising a Lhasa Apso falls in the $68,515 to $133,580 range through the course of its lifetime, which on average will be 14 years (usually 12 to 15 years). The average price of raising a Lhasa can then be estimated to be $99,360.

Potential Total Cost of Ownership (14 years)RangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$14,165 – $38,750$26,240
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$68,515 – $133,580$99,360

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The cost of a Lhasa Apso – A summary in 7 questions

1- How much is a Lhasa Apso puppy?

On average a Lhasa Apso puppy will cost $950 in the USA. Most puppies can be found between $550 and $1,240. The price will vary depending on the breeder and location as well as the dog’s bloodline, color, and age among other things.

2 – How much are dog supplies?

A new owner can expect an initial investment between $150 and $650 in supplies when welcoming a small dog. Every year, the cost to renew some of them should be between $55 and $260. Prices vary depending on location, stores, brands, and products quality.

3 – Does a Lhasa Apso need training and how much will it cost?

Having a Lhasa Apso professionally trained is usually recommended (group training) and should cost around $150 to $200. For this breed, training should mainly focus on basic obedience and socialization.

4 – What is the cost of preventive medical care for a Lhasa Apso?

Preventive medical care should amount to around $385 to $795 for a Lhasa Apso puppy during the first year and around $280 to $645 every adult year. This does not include a spay or neuter procedure (usually between $100 and $300).

5 – How much food does a Lhasa Apso eat and how much will it cost?

A Lhasa Apso puppy will eat around 80 lb. and an adult close to 100 lb. of dry food yearly (it varies for each dog and food brand). Annual expenses should be between $75 and $315 for a puppy and $45 to $340 for an adult dog. Other types of food and treats would increase the costs.

6 – How often should a Lhasa Apso be professionally groomed and how much will it cost?

A Lhasa Apso should be professionally groomed 4 to 8 times every year. Most dog owners will not be able to groom the dog themselves. Each visit to a grooming salon should cost from $40 to $60 for this breed depending on the dog and the services offered.

7 – Are there any other expenses to expect?

In the United States, a dog license usually costs between $10 and $20. The cost could be slightly higher if the dog is not spayed or neutered. Having the dog licensed is mandatory almost everywhere.

A dog microchip costs $25 to $50 on average in the US and is generally implanted during a medical appointment. It is placed under the skin usually between the shoulder blades. Dogs adopted from a shelter or bought from a breeder sometimes already have a microchip.

According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry Report, the average annual price is $566 for accident and illness coverage plans or $190 for accident only plans.

Dog walkers usually charge $15 to $25 for 30 minutes group walks and $20 to $50 for 1-hour long ones. Prices vary mainly depending on location. Private walks are more expensive.

A dog owner should budget $25 to $85 per day for dog boarding services. Prices vary depending on location, time of the year, and the level of service among other things.

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To help you out, this guide contains all the primary expenses that are necessary to ensure your future dog’s well-being. Make sure to take these considerations seriously before adopting or purchasing a Lhasa Apso, as they are imperative to your dog leading a healthy, happy, and comfortable life in your home. Moreover, the dog should not be a financial burden on you or your family, so make sure to carefully read through each section to better understand the expenses that come with owning a Lhasa Apso. Figures provided in this article are for informational purposes only. A dog owner should always find the actual costs applicable to his own situation before making any decision.

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Johann Chapuis

Johann Chapuis has assembled a fantastic team of licensed veterinarians, animal behaviorists, dog trainers, groomers, and walkers to write every article and offer the most accurate content on petbudget.com. Being a pet lover and owner himself, Johann is sharing his experiences and his financial aptitude cultivated during his MBA with a specialization in finance and the numerous years he spent working as a business manager and entrepreneur.

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