The Be-Apso is a hybrid dog with parentage from the Beagle crossed with the Lhasa Apso. Taking the best qualities from each breed, you will find the Be-Apso dog to be more independent than most lap dogs. They are inquisitive by nature, exploring all things around them. This breed can be strongly protective and very loyal. Although they are not the easiest dog to train, with patience, training can be achieved. Consistent commands and training practices, combined with high praise, is more effective than harsh words as the Be-Apso is quite sensitive in nature. They are moderately active and don’t require a lot of exercise, so are quite suited to owners who cannot get out and about often due to whatever reason.
It is thought that the Be-Apso first originated in the United States of America. This hybrid mix between the Beagle and the Lhasa Apso are a popular breed, combining the Beagles inquisitive mischievous nature with the Lhasa Apso’s regal but happy characteristics. While little information is available regarding this new hybrid breed, we can look to the parent dogs for clues about this dog. The Be-Apso can thank the Beagle for their lineage, as Beagles date back to Roman times. In the mid-1800s they developed the skills for hunting and with their amazing noses are used today, especially for drug detection work at major airports. They are super sleuths with an uncanny ability to track whatever they are asked to track. Their gentle nature and ability to entertain makes them popular with owners, although they are known to team up with the children in the family and get into mischief! The Beagle also has ‘selective’ deafness, in other words when it suits them they will listen, when it doesn’t suit them they pretend they cannot hear you! The Be-Apso has nobility in his history with the Lhasa Apso dog heritage. The Lhasa Apso dog is considered sacred in Tibet and their name comes from the holy city there. The Lhasa Apso dog’s lineage goes back thousands of years (800 BC) where this dog was bred by nobility and monks with the purpose to guard them. The 13th Dalai Lama in 1933 gifted pairs of these dogs to chosen people deemed worthy, which is how the Lhasa Apso spread to other countries. They arrived in America in 1933 via a gift to Suydam Cutting, a noted naturalist, who founded the kennels where they were the foundation for the breed.
The Be-Apso is a small compact dog, with a strong body. The legs of the Be-Apso dog are short but strong. They combine the delicate features of both parent breeds and have an attractive appearance. The combination of the breeds means his grooming needs are easier, with the hair coat being shorter and easier to manage. The head is small and delicate, with an almost button like nose and round dark eyes framed by rounded floppy ears. Their bodies are in proportion to the head, with a tail that is long haired (a cross between the Beagles long narrow tail and the Lhasa Apso fluffy high held tail). Fluffy rounded feet complete the picture of this attractive character dog.
The Be-Apso dog is a curious watchful dog, they are somewhat mischievous and affectionate too. While they have a sweet friendly attitude and love to play, they can be also very protective and determined. The Be-Aspo can be reserved with strangers until they get to know them, and are good at warning owners when someone unknown to them is around. They are excellent family dogs, known to follow you from room to room to see what you are up to. Their breeding also demonstrates an independent nature and these dogs are okay at being left on their own, they don’t have problems with anxiety. Their mischievous side can make them somewhat clownish in behavior which is very entertaining. But they do have a strong will power and need a strong leader or they will think they are the boss of the home. The Be-Apso dog can be stubborn to train, but responds best to consistent rules and patience combined with praise and rewards.
The Be-Apso dog requires moderate exercise, and as it matures is quite content with one or two short walks per day. They need to get outside at least once per day if living in an apartment. The occasional walk to the dog park to run and play will make your dog’s day, and allow them to burn off a bit of energy, as well as socialise with other pets and people. If you do have a home with a yard, ensure it is well fenced to prevent the dog from wandering off. The Be-Apso is quite adaptable to climate, accepting both cooler and hotter climates although preferably not extremes. They adapt well to town or rural areas, are great in an apartment, and get by with or without a yard as long as they get regular daily walks.