10-15 lbs
United States
Boston Terrier
Lhasa Apso
Boston Apso

The Bosapso is a hybrid breed combining the Boston Terrier with the Lhasa Apso. The Boston Terrier is an All-American dog; he was bred in Boston, Massachusetts only within the last 150 years. He is an intelligent and highly energetic dog. The Lhasa Apso is also extremely smart, and he has an independent streak as well. He is a great watchdog even though he is a small dog. The Bosapso is a high-energy dog who can live in a home or in an apartment; however, he does need frequent exercise. He is not a high maintenance dog, but will likely have longer hair that will need routine grooming.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Boston Terrier and Lhasa Apso

Bosapso Health

Average Size
Male Bosapso size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Bosapso size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Reverse Sneezing
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Bosapso Breed History

Bred exclusively in America,. the "American Gentleman" is in fact, the Boston Terrier who was bred in the 1800s in the city of his namesake, in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. A dog of unknown origin named Judge was bred to a small white dog who was called Kate. One puppy was born who was subsequently bred often after that; his name was Well's Eph. His offspring, later matched with a French Bulldog, securing the lineage of this breed. They were called Boston Bulldogs and as well, the Boston Terrier.  In 1976, the Boston Terrier was named the Bicentennial dog of the United States. Today, Rhett the Boston Terrier is the mascot for Boston University. The Lhasa Apso originates in Tibet and served as a watchdog and a companion of monks and noblemen. He was named after the holy city of Lhasa with historical documentation dating back to 800 BC. Because he was generally a guardian of temples, the dog was considered sacred and buying one was nearly impossible. In fact, for hundreds of years, the Dalai Lama sent Lhasas as gifts. The dog was always given in pairs and was thought to be a gift of prosperity. The Lhasa Apso made its way to America when the Dalai Lama gifted a pair to American C. Suydam Cutting of New Jersey. The Bosapso is recognized by the following organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, International Designer Canine Registry.

Bosapso Breed Appearance

The Boston Terrier is a small, muscular dog, who does, in many ways, resemble a small Bulldog. The typical coat is black with a white chest and stomach. Some Bostons may be brindle or red. They have black noses and small, pointed ears. They also have a characteristic corkscrew tail. The Boston has a short head and nose. The Lhasa Apso has a long, gorgeous coat. It may be honey, black, white, slate, or parti-colored. The Bosapso often is brindle with longer hair. His ears can be upright or may flop down, dependent on the dominant parental genes. He may have the Lhasa Apso tail that has long fur and curves over the back. Eyes will be dark but either round like the Boston Terrier, or narrow like the Lhasa Apso.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bosapso eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bosapso nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bosapso coat
white Bosapso coat
red Bosapso coat
brindle Bosapso coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bosapso straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bosapso Breed Maintenance

The Bosapso will be a fairly low-maintenance dog. Weekly brushing with a pin brush should be sufficient to keep your hybrid tangle free. Combing gently when tangles occur will remove them before they turn into mats. Bathe your Bosapso only when needed. His natural oils will protect his coat and make it shiny. You should brush your Bosapso’s teeth at least three times a week as small dogs can easily have decay and gum issues; if you want to prevent gum disease, brush the dog’s teeth daily. Trim your dog’s nails every other week or more often if he begins to click when he walks.

Brushes for Bosapso
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bosapso requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bosapso Temperament

Your Bosapso will be a sweet, loving, and highly intelligent dog. He wants to please his master, but he can also be quite stubborn at times. He is fairly easy to housetrain, but consistency from day one is key. He can also be crate trained; in fact, this hybrid may suffer from separation anxiety, and a kennel is the perfect way for your dog to feel safe while you have to be away. This dog loves to be with his family, and they are great with children. They are extremely protective as well. Often, a Bosapso thinks that he is a much bigger dog. He is not a bully, but he is extremely brave and will not back down from a fight. They will alert you that strangers are around, but they are not great guard dogs. 

Bosapso Activity Requirements

The Bosapso may be a high-energy dog based on the activity levels of its parent breeds. He needs daily activity including walks and mentally-stimulating games. He also may have a tendency to chew so should be provided with chew toys that will take the place of your furniture and shoes. He can adapt to any living environment as long as he has a yard to play and explore in or a park nearby where he can get fresh air and a change of scenery. Meeting others while on a walk will benefit his social skills as well.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Bosapso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Bosapso Owner Experiences

1 Year
4 People
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