Chi Apso

13-15 lbs
Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Chi

Almost resembling a teddy bear, the Chi Apso is a sweet, loyal playful companion dog that would make the ideal pet for first time owners or busy families. The Chi Apso is a hybrid mix of a Chihuahua and a Lhasa Apso, two very friendly and spunky companion dog breeds. These lovely, long haired beauties may fall on the heavier side in the small dog category and often weigh around 10 to 20 pounds. Since these dogs have long, dense double coats it is often recommended that cooler and temperate environments would be the best fit for a Chi Apso.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Chihuahua and Lhasa Apso

Chi Apso Health

Average Size
Male Chi Apso size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 13-15 lbs
Female Chi Apso size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 13-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Kidney Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cherry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Blood Count
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Chi Apso Breed History

The Lhasa Apso originates from a holy city in Tibet known as Lhasa. They were originally bred as companion dogs for the monks in monasteries as well as sentinels for the temples. Their ancestry is unclear; there are theories ranging from them being descendants of Northern breeds, Tibetan Terriers or even a type of mountain wolf. and today can still be considered quite popular in monasteries. Carefully kept by the monks, they were never sold to others but the Dalai Lama did gift them on occasion. Gifted to Suydam Cutting  and his wife by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1933, the Lhasa Apso made its entry into the United States, where he was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1935. The Chihuahua is of uncertain lineage as well. Known to be a ceremonial dog as well as a companion, the Chihuahua was considered a healer and was highly prized by the ancient Toltec people. This canine was called the Techichi and was thought to be able to guide a person to the other side after death. He ranks 30th on the list of popular dogs on the American Kennel Club roster, which this canine joined in 1904. The Chi Apso is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry as well as several other hybrid clubs and organizations.

Chi Apso Breed Appearance

The Chi Apso tends to have deep set eyes that are dark and large. The ears may be pendant in shape and are typically flopped downwards. His muzzle is medium in length and is adorned with a round black nose. This petite breed has well defined small teeth, and the jaw may present with a slight under bite (a trait common in the Lhasa Apso parent). Despite their small size the Chi Apso tends to have a long and sturdy body, making them one of the more well built small hybrids. His legs are short but sturdy. His coat is often dense, straight and soft to the touch. Coat colors can vary from golden, brown, tan, black and white.

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

Chi Apso Breed Maintenance

This hybrid requires a moderate amount of maintenance. Their coat needs to brushed once a week in order to detangle knots and mats; using the pin brush and gently brushing should do the trick and if needed, use a comb to get the last few tangles out. Often, owners take their Chi Apso to the groomer every 4 to 7 weeks in order to tidy up the coat and shape it into a nice style. Bathing should be kept to a minimum and only when needed. It is advised that you brush the teeth of your Chi Apso on a daily basis - small dogs are prone to tooth decay. Trim his nails every other week and it is also a good idea to take a look inside the ears each week to endure that they are clean and free of moisture.

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

Chi Apso Temperament

The Chi Apso can be quite a friendly and easily trainable dog. They are well suited to families with young children and other pets if socialized well. In regards to strangers, a Chi Apso can either be very cautious and quiet, or very dominating or protective. This is because, as with many small dogs, negative behavior is often reinforced as a result of owner mistakes. Too much coddling can result in separation anxiety, nippy mouths, and excessive barking. Give the Chi Apso a chance to be social and experimental with his place in the home and in his surroundings (such as parks and when on walks). The Chi Apso can sometimes be uncooperative  when it comes to listening, especially if they are feeling stubborn but consistent encouragement and a firm but gentle style of ownership will let the Chi Apso shine.

Chi Apso Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Chi Apso are relatively low and they are not a demanding canine. They will, however be eager to go for a walk whenever you suggest it. Short brisk walks a few times a day are ideal outings for the Chi Apso; he'll love to go for a meet and greet session in order to practise what he has learned in obedience class. He likes toys and he likes to explore. If you have a fenced yard, do not leave him unattended as his small size may permit an unplanned escape under the fence. He can adapt well to an apartment provided his curious nature is satisfied with fresh air breaks, park visits and interaction with the family.

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

Chi Apso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Chi Apso Owner Experiences

4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Walks - playing with snake
Wonderful - loving and very energetic
3 years, 4 months ago
4 Months
3 People
Easily trained. Consistently urinates on pads. Trained to sit on command at 3 months. Very loving companion. Little bit of a bully with his older 3 year old brother.
3 years, 3 months ago
3 Months
5 People
House & Yard
My Chi Apso is very energetic. He likes to eat fruits and veggies. He's also smart, you can train him easily. He's also sweet and caring. He doesn't want to be alone and he always wants attention
2 years, 5 months ago
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Question - My pet

I have a chi apso and his ear just flops it won't stand up like it was. I dont know if hes in pain but he's only 4 months. What can or do I need to do ?

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Question - New pet

My current fog is a Chihuahua Lhasa Apso mix and I want to get another dog of the same breed in the future but I cannot find any breeders for this. Do you know of any? Anywhere?

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