7 Best Foods To Feed an Adult and Puppy Lhasa Apso in 2020

The little Lhasa Apso is one of the most adorable dogs we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Their loving demeanor and their impossibly cute appearance make them one of the most sought-after breeds in the world. While they were first bred to alert monks in Tibet about intruders in their monastery, these days they are much more at home being household pets.

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Today we’re going to take a look at the Lhasa Apso and what they should (and shouldn’t) be eating. We’ll take a look at how much food you should be giving them (and how often you should be giving it them) alongside some other helpful hints and tips. We’ll conclude this article with 7 products that we think are perfect for Lhasa Apsos (adults and puppies).

Let’s get started.

What To Look For In A Good Lhasa Apso Dog Food

Lhasa Apsos are an exceptionally low maintenance dog when it comes to feeding. They’ve got no specific requirements that separate them from other dogs of a similar size.

That being said, it’s good to be aware of the essentials.


If you put a Lhasa Apso and a wolf side by side you’d struggle to believe that genetically they extremely closely related. While they may look entirely different, their DNA is largely the same (which means their recommended diet is the same). A little Lhasa Apso still contains the carnivorous instinct and requirements of their wolf ancestors, and as such, they need a huge amount of protein (like all dogs).

Unless you’re going to be making your own dog food at home, this is not something you need to worry about as all good foods on the market already take this into account. But it’s good to know about.


Like the vast majority of dogs, Lhasa Apsos are prone to suffering from some common allergies – many of which are found in food. Grains should be avoided as often as possible as they are one of the most frequent offenders. Go to extreme lengths to avoid wheat in a food as it causes a large amount of flatulence that will shock even the most seasoned Lhasa Apso owner.

Artificial Colors And Preservatives

We like to mention about artificial colors and preservatives in most of these articles because it’s something that many people accidentally overlook…

Your dog is going to be eating the food you buy for weeks, months, or even years at a time. Each and every day they are going to be consuming whatever you put in that bowl, so you really want to make sure it’s as healthy as possible.

Eating artificial colors or preservatives every once in a while is no big problem (for humans or dogs) – but eating them twice a day every day is far from an ideal situation.

How Often Should You Feed A Lhasa Apso?

Lhasa Apsos follow a very standard feeding pattern and there’s not much special to talk about here. Feed them twice a day when they are adults and always follow the instructions that appear on the package of food you’re using.

Puppies need to bed fed more often, and they need to be fed with dedicated puppy food (4 times a day at first). As your Lhasa Apso reaches maturity be sure to try and have them down to 2 meals per day.

These little dogs have an appetite that is far bigger than you’d think from looking at their size. They will be able to eat and eat and eat much more than they need to. They are not the worst dogs in the world at self-regulating food – but there’s definitely room for improvement to say the least.

Due to these issues, you need to be careful about how much food you provide a Lhasa Apso. Self-feeding systems are completely out of the question as they will overeat time and time again if given the chance.

Because they are very good apartment dogs there can be quite a large difference between the amount of exercise Lhasa Apsos receive on a daily basis.

Some dogs only get a light walking from their owners and spend much of their day lounging around in their laps. Other dogs are running around fields chasing their own tail (and anything else they can find) for hours on end.  Needless to say, these two situations have very different calorific requirements.

Ensure that you use a little bit of common sense when calculating the amount of food you’re going to put in your dog’s bowl. Are they super active? Then provide them with a little more. Are they a lap dog without much play time? Then give them less.

These guesstimates are a good starting point, but they are no substitute for manual observation. If your pooch is looking a little on the porky side, put them on a diet ASAP.

What makes this more important for a Lhasa Apso compared to other breeds is perhaps the health effects that being overweight can have on a dog of this size. Their little legs will struggle under additional weight and their small hearts will be put under a huge amount of pressure. This causes long-term joint pain issues and shortens your dog’s lifespan too.

Best Value Food For A Lhasa Apso

American Journey Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry

So now we know what you should be feeding a Lhasa Apso (and what you should be avoiding). Now we’re going to look at some product recommendations. We scoured the internet to find what we think are 7 of the best foods on the market for Lhasa Apsos.

In our opinion, the best overall value for money product right now is the chicken and brown rice dry mix from American Journey. American Journey is one of the most respected brands in the dog food industry and is well known for their dedication to using the highest quality ingredients while remaining affordable.

This product uses whole real deboned chicken as its protein source which is super tasty for your pooch and super healthy too. Whole real meats like this contain natural essential oils and amino acids which are great for a balanced diet and they help promote super healthy coats.

The carbohydrates in this product are also super high quality and are derived from complex sources – mainly brown rice. Brown rice is considered to be one of the best carbohydrates used in dog food, and it will provide long-lasting energy throughout the day. American Journey has also added a bunch of vitamins and minerals (from all natural vegetables) and even a few antioxidants and probiotics into the mix too for a healthy happy stomach.

At around $30 for a big bag, it’s one of the best bargains on the market right now, it should be at the very top of your shortlist.

Best Food For Adult Lhasa Apsos

While the product above is what we think is the best overall value, there were several other adult foods that we found that were more than worthy of being added to this article. We’ll list them below

Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula Small

Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula Small

Like the product above this excellent food from Natural Balance uses sweet potato as its main carbohydrate source (without pumpkin this time). Again the chicken is high quality and boneless and it contains all the essential amino acids and essential oils the meat is well known for. This is a product specifically designed for the needs of Lhasa Apso sized dogs – even the kibble size has been made smaller to make it easy to eat with a little mouth.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Small kibble size
  • Pro – Chicken protein source
  • Pro – Complex carbohydrates from sweet potato
  • Pro – Reputable brand
  • Con – None

Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed Grain-Free

Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed Grain-Free

One day we will create one of these guides without recommending a Taste Of The Wild Product – but that day is not today. This is one of the best foods we have ever found and we end up recommending it quite often. It’s a totally grain free formula (which means it’s great for sensitive stomachs) and it gets the majority of its calories and carbohydrates from complex sources like lentils and beans.

The huge amount of protein in the product comes from real roasted venison, which dogs absolutely love to gobble up. Tomatoes and blueberries are added to the mix to provide antioxidants, and essential minerals are added in to further ensure sensitive stomachs stay happy.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Venison protein source
  • Pro – Complex carbohydrates
  • Pro – Excellent brand
  • Pro – Highly balanced formula
  • Con – None

Nature’s Recipe Small Breed Grain-Free Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

Nature's Recipe Small Breed Grain-Free Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe

This is a great dry food from Nature’s Recipe (who are one of our all-time favorite brands). Like many other products on this page whole boneless roasted chicken is used as a protein source. It’s also a super high-calorie food thanks to the complex carbohydrates used in the formula (sweet potato and pumpkin) which means portion sizes are reasonable. It’s a great product that provides great value for money, and we think it’s worthy of your consideration.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Chicken protein source
  • Pro – High calorie
  • Pro – Sweet potato and pumpkin carbohydrates
  • Pro – Great brand
  • Pro – Good value
  • Con – None

Best Foods For Puppy Lhasa Apsos

The needs of a puppy Lhasa Apso are slightly different to a fully grown adult. Here are the best products we came across specifically dedicated to small puppies.

Merrick Classic Puppy Recipe Dry

Merrick Classic Puppy Recipe Dry

Here we are again, another guide and another Merrick recommendation. We love this brand because of their local values. They are a proud Texan company that sources all of their ingredients locally to their facility which allows them to ensure consistent quality time and time again.

Boneless roasted Texas chicken makes up the protein in this product, it’s found in abundance alongside a bunch of other tasty fruits and vegetables. The only thing we’re not too fond of with this product is the grain content. But as the most common allergens are not present in the formula, most dogs should be fine with it.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Excellent brand
  • Pro – Texas roasted chicken
  • Pro – Locally sourced ingredients
  • Pro – High quality
  • Pro – Great value
  • Con – Contains grains for carbohydrates

Wellness Small Breed Complete Health Puppy Turkey, Oatmeal & Salmon Meal Recipe Dry

Wellness Small Breed Complete Health Puppy Turkey, Oatmeal & Salmon Meal Recipe Dry

This excellent food from Wellness has been specifically made for the tiny mouths of tiny puppies and contains everything a growing Lhasa Apso needs to stay happy and healthy. There’s a wide variety of different protein sources in this product with the majority of it coming from deboned real turkey and salmon meal. There are loads of blueberries and tomatoes in the formula too to provide antioxidants (and a range of other vegetables provide the mineral content).

Again the only thing we’re not too happy with about this product is the grain content. It’s not the end of the world, but we always prefer to see other complex carbohydrate sources if possible.

That being said – this is a great food that we’re sure your pup will love gobbling down.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Great brand
  • Pro – Turkey and salmon protein
  • Pro – Many antioxidants
  • Pro – Small kibble size
  • Con – Contains grain

Nutro Ultra Small Breed Puppy Dry

Nutro Ultra Small Breed Puppy Dry

The final product we’re recommending for a puppy Lhasa Apso today is the ultra-small breed dry mix from Nutro. Nutro is all about providing wholesome ingredients, and this product is no exception. Three natural protein sources provide a whole range of nutrients (chicken, lamb, and salmon) and a bunch of vitamins and antioxidants are present in the formula. It contains grains, but it’s an exceptionally well-balanced product.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – 3 Excellent protein sources
  • Pro – Lots of vitamins and antioxidants
  • Pro – Reputable brand
  • Pro – High-quality wholesome ingredients
  • Con – Contains grains


So there you have it, everything you ever wanted to know about feeding a Lhasa Apso.

They’re an easy breed to feed, and providing you find a food they like you’re not going to have much to worry about in the dinner department.

Any of the products above are going to be an excellent choice, all of them are worthy of your consideration.

Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine Dog News. She's also the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, the Dog Writers Association of America Adoptashelter.com Award winner for 2013. In addition, she's written Canine Cuisine: 101 Natural Dog Food & Treat Recipes to Make Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

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  • What about wet food? My 6 month old Lachon loves his Merrick grain free puppy plate canned food. I mix a small amount of Fromm for puppies kibble with it. Is it okay for him to keep eating wet mixed with kibble. He chews on antlers.

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