Enga-Apso

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12-14 lbs
10-11"
Unknown
English Toy Spaniel
Lhasa Apso

The Enga-Apso is a hybrid breed where the English Toy Spaniel is crossed with the Lhasa Apso. Relatively new, there is little information available about the Enga-Apso; owners of this cute and spunky hybrid do say that he is affectionate and alert. Also known to be smart and confident, some Enga-Apsos can be aloof with strangers. Interaction with people of all ages will help to lessen the impact of this trait as although somewhat reserved when meeting a new person, he is well-behaved at home. He has a gorgeous coat, with plenty of fur that comes in many different colors, and he is always ready for adventure. Novice pet owners will enjoy his easy going personality. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Toy Spaniel and Lhasa Apso

Enga-Apso Health

Average Size
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Sensitivity or Allergy to Anesthesia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Blood Tests
  • X-rays of various skeletal areas

Enga-Apso Breed History

The hybrid called the Enga-Apso is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history, but looking at the parents can give a good picture of the past. The English Toy Spaniel’s origin is England as a hunting dog, though it is thought that he may have first originated in Asia, where mostly they were given as gifts to royalty from Japan. They may have been mixed with Pugs in the early 1900's, resulting in the signature short and slightly flattened muzzle. Once classified by four colors, this Spaniel was re-classified in 1904 by the American Kennel Club as the English Toy Spaniel. No longer known separately as the King Charles, Prince Charles, Blenheim and Ruby, this breed is a wonderful show dog under the English Toy Spaniel classification. The Lhasa Apso was developed by monks residing in Buddhist Temples in the Tibetan mountains. Perhaps descendants of the Tibetan Terrier, they were guardians of the temples and the monastery in which they lived. Studies of the DNA of the Lhasa Apso suggest the dogs may be closely related to their wolf like ancestors, including a type of mountain wolf. Known for their keen sense of hearing, they were prized as protectors. They were never sold - only the Dalai Lama could gift them to those he felt worthy, usually visiting dignitaries and Imperial families. The breed did make its way to the United States via Mr. and Mrs. Suydam Cutting who were gifted a pair. These dogs formed the foundation of the breed in the U.S., gaining recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1935.

Enga-Apso Breed Appearance

The Enga-Apso is a hybrid dog who comes from mating of the English Toy Spaniel and the Lhasa Apso. This hybrid is often small and square and has a large flat nose, though at times may inherit the smaller button-like nose of the Lhasa Apso parent. Compact and sturdy, he is solid and will most likely have quite a furry tail that curves over the back. The legs of this agile hybrid are short and muscular with small, furry feet. He will have long silky fur (usually straight but it can be wavy) with long-haired ears that are highly feathered and hanging down. He may have fur hanging over his face, hiding small eyes. His gait will display an air of confidence and pride.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
White
Red
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Enga-Apso Breed Maintenance

The Enga-Apso will need to be brushed every other day at a minimum, with a pin brush of good condition that does not catch in the long fur. Should mats be present, a metal comb can be helpful, as can brushing in layers and using a detangler. Bathing is only needed every few months or on occasions when your dog is particularly dirty. Starting the grooming routine early is important so that your dog will be more cooperative as he grows. Regular grooming and clipping by a professional will help in maintaining the dog’s coat, though daily grooming will still be necessary. As with all dogs, you will want to brush his teeth 2 to 3 times per week in order to avoid costly dental bills. Small dogs are prone to teeth decay so this is a part of ownership that should not be overlooked.

Brushes for Enga-Apso
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Enga-Apso Temperament

The Enga-Apso can be stubborn when training but is otherwise easygoing and pleasant to be around. He is also independent at times but really is a very devoted pet. Clownish when he wants to be he will rarely bark, meaning you don’t have to worry about bothering your neighbors. The Enga-Apso gets along well with dogs and with other animals but in order to ensure peace and harmony at all times, make sure that regular interaction between canines or other species takes place. He is great with children and seniors, though children must be taught how to discern when the little dog has had enough. He is a clever dog and will enjoy the challenge of attending obedience classes - as well, it will help him to work on his stubborn streak when it appears.

Enga-Apso Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Enga-Apso include walks two or three times a day. They can be short, brisk promenades around the block that allow him to practise his social skills as well as look for interesting sights and investigate different smells. He is quite suitable for apartment living but will expect to get outside on a regular basis in order to expend energy and explore. If he will live in a home that has a fenced yard, remember he does not like to be left alone and will let you know his dismay by barking and digging. Keep him company when he is outside or he just may make an unplanned escape.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Enga-Apso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Enga-Apso Owner Experiences

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