Goldenapso Retriever

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30-40 lbs
13-14"
United States
Golden Retriever
Lhasa Apso

The Goldenapso Retriever is a mixed breed dog. Its parents are the friendly Golden Retriever and the spritely Lhasa Apso. He will have a smooth and soft coat like his parent breeds, and it may be longer than that of the Golden Retriever. He will need a good deal of maintenance based on the Lhasa Apso parent breed's requirements. He is an excellent watch dog and a loving family pet. He is not prone to wander, and he can live in an apartment if he is given appropriate amounts of exercise. He is easy to train and loves to please his family.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Golden Retriever and Lhasa Apso

Goldenapso Retriever Health

Average Size
Height: 15-16 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Height: 13-14 inches Weight: 30-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Goldenapso Retriever Breed History

While there is not a lot of information about the Goldenapso Retriever, we can study about the two parent breeds (the Golden Retriever and the Lhasa Apso) in order to learn more about the hybrid. The Golden Retriever finds its origins in Scotland on the estate of a man known as Lord Tweedmouth (real name Sir Dudley Majoribanks). Lord Tweedmouth raised animals of all kinds, and he kept records regarding his breeding program. Tweedmouth was a waterfowl hunter, and in his notes, he described that he was aiming for a superior retrieving dog. He wanted the retriever to have a superb nose, but he also wanted the dog to be more attuned to his human hunting companion than other popular hunting dogs of the time. He also wanted the Golden to be loyal and to have a good disposition away from the hunting field. Lord Tweedmouth bred a dog that he owned, Nous, to a Tweed Water Spaniel, a dog that is now extinct. The Tweed Water Spaniel was known for being extremely calm and loyal, but also an excellent retriever. These characteristics were passed on to the Golden Retriever. He bred Nous and the Tweed Water Spaniel’s descendants to both wavy and flat-coated Retrievers and a Red Setter. The result was the direct ancestor of the Golden Retriever we know today. The Lhasa Apso originates in Tibet. He was named after the holy city of Lhasa. The Lhasa Apso was bred as a companion watchdog for nobles and monks. The dog is mentioned in historic accounts as far back as 800 BC. Because he was generally a guardian of temples, this cute canine was considered sacred and buying one was nearly impossible. In fact, for hundreds of years, the Dalai Lama gave Lhasa Apsos 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.

Goldenapso Retriever Breed Appearance

Due to the variation in size of the parent breeds, the Goldenapso Retriever's weight and height can range considerably even within the same litter. Typically, they are larger than the Lhasa Apso. The coat may be longer that what is normally seen on the Golden Retriever and will be of gold, yellow, white, black, or cream color. The fur will be somewhat wavy and of soft texture. The eyes will be dark but bright, and the nose can be brown, black, or the same color as the coat. He will have an athletic build with a stance that is confident. Most often, the tail is long with a slight curve. The muzzle is usually long like the Golden Retriever but some may have the shorter, rounder nose of the Lhasa Apso.

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

Goldenapso Retriever Breed Maintenance

The Goldenapso Retriever is not yet a common hybrid but is indeed a beautiful one with moderate grooming needs. Due to his thick and wavy coat, daily brushing is recommended to keep it tangle and debris free. A pin brush will work the best and when the mats have been removed, a thorough comb out will add to the sheen. A de-shedding tool can work wonders in times of heavy shedding. His ears should be checked often, particularly if he has a love of the water as the shape of the ear may inhibit air flow and promote bacterial growth. Do not neglect the teeth and nails - both are important areas of the grooming routine. The teeth should be brushed a few times a week and the nails trimmed bi-monthly.

Brushes for Goldenapso Retriever
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Goldenapso Retriever Temperament

The Goldenapso Retriever is known to be a friendly hybrid with an intense need for affection. He'll follow you from room to room and be happy to accompany you on every outing. He is famous for his calm and caring nature and his ability to be independent and protective. He will alert you to visitors and will welcome them once the all clear is given. He likes to please and can pick up commands easily; he will appreciate positive reinforcement during training and obedience classes. Overall, he is a great family dog but as with all canines, should be supervised around young children.

Goldenapso Retriever Activity Requirements

The Goldenapso Retriever is a fairly active dog. It is recommended that he gets ample exercise to ensure that he maintains a healthy weight. He may have a tendency to gain weight if he is not exposed to regular activity. He will do better in a home with a large yard that he can be allowed to run and play in. Remember, he was once a waterfowl retriever and will need to expend his energy in a useful way. He will enjoy joining you for a leisurely walk. The dog park is a great place for the Goldenapso Retriever; he will enjoy the ability to get out and run and play with other dogs. He needs regular exercise so that he does not chew or bark excessively.

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

Goldenapso Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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