Lhasa Apso . Common Nicknames: Lhasa, Lion Dog . Origin: China . Description: The Lhasa Apso is a small purebred known for being alert, cheerful, courageous, energetic, friendly, independent, intelligent, loyal, playful, and social. The most common colors for Lhasa Apsos are black, brown, red, white, and yellow. To keep it healthy, it will need to get exercise regularly.