Fun Facts About the Lhasapoo

The Lhasapoo is a crossbreed between the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle. Your Lhasapoo may have the curly coat of a poodle or the straight coat of the Lhasa Apso.

Whatever appearance his coat comes in, this breed has a cute, alert face, and a sturdy body. It comes in a plethora of solid colors or a white plus color pattern.

Lhasapoos are affectionate and friendly even though some Lhasapoos have a suspicious nature and may not like strangers.

Crossbreeds are fun dogs; you never know what you will get in temperament, color, hair length, or even personality.


A Lhasapoo has considered a designer breed is a cross between a miniature poodle and a Lhasa Apso.

His one parent, the Lhasa Apso, is from Tibet, where he was a dog owned by nobility and a guard dog at the Tibetan monasteries. It was impossible to own a Lhasa Apso unless the Dalai Lama gifted one to you.

A pair of Lhasa Apso was given to C. Suydam Cutting, who took the pair to his kennels in New Jersey.

There he began developing the Lhasa to suit his purposes.

The Poodle is a breed that has been popular for centuries. It is believed that the Poodle is a mix of European water dogs and the North African Barbet, a dog now extinct.

The Poodle evolved to be a hunting dog, and the standard Poodle is often used for duck hunting. Poodles were also used as show dogs, and after WWII, the dog became immensely popular.


Lhasapoos are happy and energetic little dogs. Lhasapoos are prone to yapping and barking, but only when something is out of place.

The Lhasapoo is protective of his family and territory and will bark if strangers approach. His human family is the center of his universe, and he loves children, older adults, and people. Lhasapoos get their intelligence from both breeds and are easily trained.

They love their families so much that they do everything they can to please family members.

The Lhasapoo are independent and can be very funny. They have a clownish sense of humor and need attention from those who love them.

You may, however, want to supervise younger children with the Lhasapoo. Little children tend to squeeze and pull the long hair of the dog. Socialize your Lhasapoo early and teach them acceptable behavior.

The Lhasapoo does not like to be left alone, and separation anxiety may get the best of your furniture.

The Lhasapoo is an indoor dog; ideal for apartment dwells, but If you work away from home for long periods, you might want to reconsider a Lhasapoo.

Appearance and grooming

The Lhasapoo ic cuddly and furry and so very cute. The dominant parent breed determines his exact look, but you can expect the Lhasapoo to be small and have lengthy hair. As he grows, his hair becomes wavy.

The Lhasapoo is hypoallergenic, which is a boon to apartment dwellers. He can be white, black, brown, tan, or a mixture of any of these colors. Legs are short but sturdy. The tail is long and thin and may curl over his back.

The Lhasapoo’s ears are evenly set but are not floppy. You might find feathering on his legs, ears, and belly. Eye color is usually hazel, and nose colors are black or brown.

Lhasapoos need to be clipped and groomed at least once a month and brushed daily. If you get your

Lhasapoo clipped, he may find that you only have half a dog! Brush their teeth regularly and trim the nails every two weeks. If you can hear his nails clicking on the floor, it is time to clip the nails.


Lhasapoos are energetic but not that active, yet the poodle part of the Lhasapoo may become destructive if bored. You will need to give your Lhasapoo chew toys and take him on brisk, short walks. He loves to play outdoors. Keep your Lhasapoo regularly exercised.

They do enjoy dog parks you’re your pooch will be happiest, jumping from couch to chair and back.

Health and feeding

Lhasapoos tend to live long with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. There are even some Lhasapoos who have lived to be twenty years old. Full-grown Lhasapoos can reach weights between ten and twenty pounds.

They tend to get cold easily, so when it is cold outside, use booties and a jacket to keep them comfortable.

You will need to see a certificate of health from your breeder before you take a Lhasapoo puppy home. Since they are a crossbred dog, Lhasapoos can experience health issues from the Poodle or the Lhasa Apso.

Common health issues are eye problems like the cherry eye, and progressive retinal atrophy or PRA. This disease usually leads to blindness. Kidney problems include renal cortical hypoplasia or an inherited condition stemming from abnormal development of the kidney.

Other health issues include allergies, sebaceous adenitis, or a genetic skin disease that causes hair loss. Another disease to watch out for is patellar luxation or a problem that causes the knee joint to slide in and out of place.

Even though they have the potential to contract different diseases, most Lhasapoos are healthy and active little dogs and need little in the way of veterinarian care.


Lhasapoos are very quick thinkers, and you will have an easy time training them. However, as with any dog, start training early while they are puppies. Positive reinforcement training is the best way to teach them to be good companions.

Lhasapoos do not like the mistreatment and will not tolerate screaming or hitting.

Finding a Lhasapoo friend

Lhasapoos are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, and International Designer Canine Registry. Adopting a Lhasapoo from a shelter or a pet rescue can be much less expensive than getting a puppy from a breeder.

The cost to adopt a Lhasapoo from a rescue or a shelter is about $300. Buying a puppy from a breeder can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500.

Wherever you purchase your Lhasapoo, give them lots of love, and they will love you back.

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