English Lhasa Bull

20-35 lbs
English Bulldog
Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Bull, Bull-Apso, Bullapso

The English Lhasa Bull is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed between the Bulldog, a family dog that was originally bred to bait and control bulls and a tiny but ancient guardian of temples, the Lhasa Apso. The crossbreed of these two canines is likely to be calmer and less prone to barking than the Lhasa Apso, but unlike the typical English Bulldog, they may retain their youthful vigor longer and remain clownish and playful for some time after they have matured. They are typically gentle natured, although they may be uncomfortable around strangers, and can make an enduring and entertaining companion in any size home.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
English Bulldog, Lhasa Apso

English Lhasa Bull Health

Average Size
Male English Lhasa Bull size stats
Height: 12-13 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Female English Lhasa Bull size stats
Height: 11-12 inches Weight: 20-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye disorders and disease
  • Skin trouble
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Intervertebral disc disorder
  • Hypoplastic Trachea
  • Urolithiasis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Cutaneous cytology

English Lhasa Bull Breed History

The English Lhasa Bull is a hybrid dog, a cross between the bulldog, a companion animal once used to bait and control bulls, and the Lhasa Apso, a tiny temple sentinel from Tibet. The English Bulldog is an old breed with somewhat mysterious origins. Although some experts believe the Bulldog to be a descendant of a Mastiff breed dog and a small dog like a Pug, others maintain that the Mastiff line was descended from the English Bulldog, rather than the other way around. Whoever descended from whom, history clearly shows that these dogs were used to control, guard, and bait bulls in England. To that end, Bulldogs of the 1800’s were bred to be much more aggressive and tenacious than they are today, with an extremely high pain tolerance. This made them excellent candidates for fighting other dogs as well and because of this trait they were instrumental in the development of both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. When these violent “sports” were made illegal in 1885, the breed was protected by a few Bulldog fanciers who chose to breed for a more agreeable nature, and today’s English Bulldog is typically a placid and docile animal who is capable of adapting to many situations. The Lhasa Apso breed is an ancient breed, developed in the mountains of Tibet by the Buddhist monks who lived there. They acted as watchdogs for the temples and monasteries thousands of years ago, and their original lineage is long lost to history; some experts believe that they are the descendants of the larger Tibetan Terriers, while others believe there may be a northern component to the breed. Recent DNA studies point to the fact that this  canine is one of the breeds most closely related to their wolf-like ancestors, leading to an idea that the Lhasa Apso descended from a variety of mountain wolf. These dogs were bred by the Tibetan monks for their ability to withstand the cold, their excellent sense of hearing, and the good judgment to determine stranger from friend. They were carefully guarded by the monks from outside influence and never exchanged for money, but they were occasionally given as gifts to important guests such as Imperial families and visiting dignitaries. The dogs that were gifted to individuals  outside of the monasteries are believed to have had influence in the smaller Chinese dog breeds, such as the Pekingese and the Shih-Tzu. This crossbreed is slightly larger than the Lhasa Apso parent breed and more energetic than the English Bulldog while not appreciably increasing the exercise requirements.

English Lhasa Bull Breed Appearance

The two parent breeds that contribute to the English Lhasa Bull can be quite different from one another in structure and appearance, so there can be quite a bit of variation in appearance from one dog to another, even with dogs from the same litter. This hybrid typically has a broad, slightly rounded head with a short or medium length muzzle that is quite wide; those that favor the Bulldog side of their heritage will have muzzles and heads that are shorter and wider than those that favor the Lhasa Apso. Their dark brown eyes are usually round and set low and they have ears that will be set high up on the head and fold down sideways in a pendant shape or back in a configuration known as a “rose ear”. Both dogs are sturdy, but the English Bulldog is considerably bulkier than the Lhasa Apso, and the hybrid may take their overall shape from either parent breed. The biggest difference between the two is the coat, with the Lhasa Apso sporting a coarse coat of long, flowing fur that covers a thick dense undercoat, and the English Bulldog, wearing a simple single layer of short, smooth fur that lies close to the skin. The crossbreed can inherit either coat or elements from both.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown English Lhasa Bull eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Lhasa Bull nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black English Lhasa Bull coat
blue English Lhasa Bull coat
cream English Lhasa Bull coat
fawn English Lhasa Bull coat
brindle English Lhasa Bull coat
white English Lhasa Bull coat
red English Lhasa Bull coat
silver English Lhasa Bull coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
English Lhasa Bull straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Lhasa Bull Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for this hybrid can range from simple to complex, depending on the coat that the specific canine inherited. In most cases, this crossbreed should be bathed fairly frequently, generally around once or twice a month, in order to keep them clean and fresh smelling. Those dogs that favor the Bulldog with short, single-layer coats are the easiest to care for after that, requiring only a simple once-over with a slicker brush or rubber grooming brush or glove a few times a week to remove dead hair and properly distribute body oils. Hybrids who inherit the more complex coat of the Lhasa Apso will require thorough brushing on a daily basis in order to prevent tangles and matting, and owners may even choose to have their coats professionally trimmed or clipped. Regular dental care is also important for these dogs as their small mouths may leave them open to developing dental disease.

Brushes for English Lhasa Bull
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
English Lhasa Bull requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Lhasa Bull Temperament

The English Lhasa Bull crossbreeds can take personality traits from either side of the family tree. Although the English Bulldog was originally developed as an aggressive and tenacious dog suitable for taking on a bull, subsequent breeding has created a much more placid animal with a loving and dignified demeanor that usually gets along with people and other animals easily. The Lhasa Apso, on the other hand, still embodies much of its guard dog instincts and can be wary of strangers and in some cases, possessive of objects or food. This is particularly true if socialization does not take place during the animal’s early development. If the hybrid favors the temperament of the Bulldog, it may make a suitable companion in homes with both older and younger children, but those that take after the Lhasa Apso may not be as suitable for households with very young children. Training the English Lhasa Bull may be a challenge as the modern Bulldog has retained its notoriously stubborn streak and the Lhasa Apso can tend towards independence.

English Lhasa Bull Activity Requirements

These dogs don’t require a great deal of exercise to keep happy and healthy and are usually quite satisfied with just 20 to 40 minutes of vigorous activity a day. Along with short walks, these canines enjoy games of fetch and hide and seek with treats. This crossbreed will often have a shortened snout, making them more susceptible to extreme temperatures, particularly heat, and should be walked when the temperature is more moderate, such as mornings or evenings during the summer. These little dogs are fairly quiet due to the Bulldog heritage and not particularly prone to yapping, making them an excellent companion for apartment dwellers as well as those living in larger homes.

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
20 minutes
activity minutes

English Lhasa Bull Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

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