Lhasapoo Breed Summary
Intelligent, Happy, Playful, Devoted and Alert
These dogs are a hybrid cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Poodle! They are very loving, sweet and intelligent which is what makes them such lovely pets! They are also fairly small, weighing up-to just 9 kg! Their size and adaptability means that they are perfect for both apartment and small home living.
Though small, they are still a fairly active breed, so will need a few daily walks to keep them fit and healthy. They are very protective of their families and will do all they can to protect you.
|Lifespan||10 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 28cm - 33cm, Female 23cm - 28cm|
|Weight||Male 7kg - 9kg, Female 4.5kg - 7kg|
|Coat||Coats are both Long and Wavy|
|Colour||Grey, Black, Brown, Cream|
|Common health issues||Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Kidney Problems, Von Willebrand's Disease, Hypothyroidism, Addison's Disease, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease ,Cushing's Disease Eye, Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation), Allergies|
|Other Names||Lapoo, Lhasadoodle, Lhasa Poo, Lhasapoo|
It's important to remember that with any new cross-breed, temperament can be affected by a lot of different factors, including their environment and the temperaments of the parents! Generally speaking, Lhasapoos are highly intelligent and can also show signs of stubbornness and independence. However, these traits can be toned down with plenty of training and socialisation from a young age. Additionally, they also make good watchdogs due to their parent, the Lhasa Apso, who has a wariness of strangers and is both alert and devoted to their family. It may be found in some dogs, where Poodle genes are more dominant, that they are extremely playful and affectionate.
A relatively new designer crossbreed, the Lhasapoo is thought to have been developed over the last ten or twenty years. They were created as a response to humans wanting a dog that was more unique than other breeds, possessing distinctive physical characteristics. The Lhasapoo is a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Poodle or Miniature Poodle and it's also claimed, although not proved, that crossbreeds are hypo-allergenic and prone to fewer health issues. As a new breed, pups will vary from litter to litter with very different physical and mental traits. For example, some may look more Lhasa Apso like in physical appearance, whereas others may be more alert, in likeness to their parent, the Poodle.