La-Chon

8-20 lbs
10-18"
Unknown
Bichon Frise
Lhasa Apso

The La-Chon is a hybrid breed where the Bichon Frise is crossed with the Lhasa Apso. Dogs of the hybrid are small, weighing between 8 and 20 pounds and typically intelligent. The La-Chon can be stubborn while being loving towards his humans. Typically happy and energetic, the La-Chon will also love to cuddle. While the La-Chon will not shed heavily, a moderate amount of maintenance is required as his fur has a tendency to get tangled or matted. Regular brushing will keep this from becoming a problem for your La-Chon.

Purpose
Companion Pet
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bichon Frise and Lhasa Apso

La-Chon Health

Average Size
Male La-Chon size stats
Height: 10-18 inches Weight: 8-20 lbs
Female La-Chon size stats
Height: 10-18 inches Weight: 8-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Kidney Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Skin Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination

La-Chon Breed History

The hybrid called the La-Chon is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history, though the two breeds that combine to create the breed have long histories. Buddhist monks that lived in the Tibetan mountains developed the Lhasa Apso as sentinels for the temples and monasteries. It is believed by some that the dogs descended from Tibetan Terriers, while others believe that dogs of the breed may have been influenced by dogs from the North. Upon studying the breed’s DNA, it appears that one of the Lhasa Apso’s ancestors may be a type of mountain wolf. The breed was developed to handle cold temperatures and their judgement ability helped them to determine whether someone approaching was a friend or an enemy. Dogs of the breed were never sold, though the the Dalai Lamas would give a pair as a gift on occasion to Imperial families and visiting dignitaries. In 1933 the breed first arrived in the U.S. when the 13th Dalai Lama offered a group of the small dogs to Mr. and Mrs. Suydam Cutting. The breed’s beginning in the U.S. came from these dogs and the breed gained recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1935. Multiple beliefs exist about the history of the Bichon Frise. While some feel that the breed has been in existence since before the time of Christ, others believe the breed descends from the Maltese, while still others reference accounts that point to the breed descending from the Barbet, Water Spaniel and possibly the Poodle. Bichons, all thought to have come from the Mediterranean region, were divided into four categories: bichon Bolognais, the bichon Havanais, the bichon Maltais and the bichon Teneriffe. According to history, dogs of the breed were bartered with by sailors. Popular in Spain, it is believed that Spanish sailors were responsible for introducing the breed to Teneriffe, an island in the Canaries. Italian sailors rediscovered the dogs in the 1300’s and the breed became popular with Italian nobility. The breed was also popular in France during the Renaissance, achieving increased popularity under Henry III. The breed’s popularity decreased in the late 1800’s when the dogs were participants in fairs and the circus. In 1933, the president of the International Canine Federation recommended that the breed be called the Bichon Frise. The first of the Bichon Frise born in the United States was in 1956.

La-Chon Breed Appearance

The La-Chon is a hybrid dog from the Bichon Frise and the Lhasa Apso. Dogs of the hybrid are small, weighing between 8 and 20 pounds and with a height of between 10 and 18 inches. The head of the dog will be round with a short muzzle and flappy ears. Eyes will be almond in shape and will typically be brown like those of his parent breeds. As with the Bichon Frise and Lhasa Apso, the La-Chon will have a black nose and medium to long hair that can be white, black, cream or brown, . Dogs of the hybrid will appear cute and ready to cuddle.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue La-Chon eyes
Blue
brown La-Chon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black La-Chon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white La-Chon coat
White
brown La-Chon coat
Brown
black La-Chon coat
Black
cream La-Chon coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
La-Chon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

La-Chon Breed Maintenance

A moderate amount of grooming and maintenance will be necessary for the La-Chon. The hybrid does not shed much, however as he has long hair, his fur can become tangled and matted. Brushing at least a few times each week will be important to keep this from happening. Professional trimming every few months will also be helpful to keep the La-Chon’s hair under control. The hybrid should be bathed when necessary and his ears should be checked weekly for infection and wiped clean. Should you observe long hairs in his ears, they should be plucked. It is recommended that the teeth of the La-Chon be brushed several times each week and his nails should be trimmed as needed.

Brushes for La-Chon
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
La-Chon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

La-Chon Temperament

The La-Chon will be a smart dog who can be stubborn as well as very loving. Typically a dog of the hybrid will have a lot of energy and an outgoing personality. The La-Chon is eager to please and will enjoy learning how to perform tricks and will soak up the attention he gets when showing them off. Even with his energy, the La-Chon will love to cuddle with his humans. The La-Chon may bark at strangers and may struggle with other dogs or pets unless socialized early.

La-Chon Activity Requirements

The La-Chon is not highly active, however he will likely have a lot of energy. He will benefit from a few walks each day as well as some play with his humans. Because of his small size, the La-Chon will do well in an apartment, though would love a fenced-in yard where he can play. Dogs of the hybrid may chase other animals so he should be kept on a leash when going for walks. The dog park is a good place to socialize your La-Chon; additionally, this hybrid will thrive on the challenge of obedience class which will also help him to befriend other dogs.

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

La-Chon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

La-Chon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male La-Chon size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female La-Chon size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male La-Chon size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female La-Chon size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
18 Months
Male La-Chon size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female La-Chon size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs

La-Chon Owner Experiences

Ted
2 Years
4 People
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Friendly, kind, most loving dog. Very needy emotionally. Likes to be close to me all the time. Gets on well with his Lhasa Also brother.
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Bubbles
5 Months
4 People
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Very energetic dog. Very loveable. I do not recommended shaving the dog.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Millie
6 Years
2 People
Apartment
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Millie is a great companion. She is very family oriented and adores people in her ‘circle’. Although she is very wary of strangers, and will bark and growl if someone rings the doorbell. Millie can be very aggressive towards dogs she doesn’t know, although adores dogs and cats that she does know! She tends to behave aggressively when out on walks, and gets easily spooked if dogs come running towards her, so must be kept on her lead at all times. She also enjoys chasing birds if she sees them. Millie is very clingy, and will follow me everywhere I go, and is not great at being left home alone as she has separation anxiety. Other health issues she has had include ear infections due to hairy ears, skin problems and a tumour on one of her nipples which had to be surgically removed. Her fur can also become easily matted if not groomed regularly. She is the most affectionate, cuddly dog ever and is completely attached to me. Although she loves all members in her circle, she always sticks by my side and loves falling asleep cuddling me. She can learn tricks VERY quickly, and now has an extensive list of tricks she can perform. I love her so much, and would definitely consider purchasing another Lha-Chon, however would make sure to socialise them frequently with strangers and dogs from a very young age to prevent the aggression we have seen in Millie.
4 months ago
Ori
5 Years
5 People
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Ori is the perfect doggie member of our family - Super friendly to every human she has ever met. Unfortunately, we didn't socialize her with other dogs early on and she now detests all other doggies ; (. She is incredibly affectionate and loves to play hide and seek. We haven't had any medical issues with her although it looks like she will have to have her teeth professionally cleaned as we have apparently done a poor job with brushing. She is absolutely tiny (8lbs) but not fragile at all.
4 months, 1 week ago
Marley
7 Months
4 People
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Energy
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Marley is very stubborn. He likes walks but spends most of the time sniffing the ground or becoming aggressive with other dogs and people. He has lots of energy and wakes us up at 6am every morning. He enjoys his food and loves to sit on the back of the sofa and bark out of the window at anything moving. He's a challenge at the moment, but so cute
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Poppy
7 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
being in her company
lots of cuddles
chasing he on the beach
Throwing a ball
Since getting her 7 years ago she has stole my heart and my families. She shows everyone so much love it would be impossible not to love her. she is great with children and loved the attention when I took her on visits to my elderly aunts care home. all the residents loved her. She does love her sleep she could sleep for Scotland but when out in the park loves running about. She did love all her puppy classes the first 3 years when i took her. Loves socialising with other dogs but can also be wary if they run a her too quickly. She is just a pure delight to have and I love her to bits.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
Winnie
18 Months
2 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Snuggling, playing ball, fetch
Playing ball, snuggling
WINNIE IS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! SHE IS VERY STUBBORN, WANTS HER WAY! ON THE OTHER HAND SHE IS SO LOVABLE. SHE IS MY SHADOW. SHE LOVES TO EAT & WOULD PROBABLY MAKE HERSELF SICK IF SHE WERE NOT CONTROLED❣ SHE IS NOT A GOOD WALKER BUT A SNIFFER! HER NOSE STAYS IN THE GROUND SO YOU CANNOT WALK HER FOR EXERCISE. THAT IS THE BIGGEST COMPLAINT THAT WE HAVE. I CANNOT IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT HER♥️
7 months ago
Bentley
6 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Kisses
Cuddles
Play
Walking
Bentley is a gorgeous boy and he is loved by the whole family. He is friendly and very intelligent,he will regularly surprise us with how much he understands. He loves going for a walk and is really good off his lead in the park. He loves his cuddles but does get a bit moody when hes tired, but we still love him just the same.
9 months ago
Pippi
6 Years
2 People
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Walk
Tug-of-war
Fetch
Lovely little dog full of personality. Very easy to train with tricks but took some time to toilet train as a puppy
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Smudge
19 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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Friendliness
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Walks
parks
Play
training
Cuddling
Our La-Chon is such a lovable dog. He was so fast and easy to train and he can do just about every trick. He is very intelligent and sometimes outsmarts us! He is a very playful dog and loves affection and petting. He is very clingy and follows us around. He prefers not to be alone and is definitely a pack animal. He is absolutely gorgeous and he couldn't be any cuter, this hybrid breed makes the cutest puppies! We love him very much.
1 year, 2 months ago
Reggie
18 Months
2 People
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Reggie is fun loving gets on well with other dogs and people loves to give cuddles loves is hoildays loves to explore Reggie is perfect x
1 year, 4 months ago
Joby
5 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Tug-of-war
sit
Fetch
Excitable, friendly and gets on well with our Yorkshire Terrier, Harry. Also gets on well with the cats. He loves a cup of tea, milk and no sugar :)
1 year, 7 months ago
Cookie
6 Years
5 People
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She isnt socialised so she barks a lot and she is a bit fat but she is very affectionate and cute.
1 year, 8 months ago
Rosie
7 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Fetch
Hill climbing
Walking
Very active, affectionate dog, great with other dogs and kids, very family orientated
1 year, 10 months ago
Romeo
Seven Months
1 People
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Romeo is very smart. He is a little stubborn at 7 months (but then again aren't most adolescents?). He loves to go on walks and ride in the car. He loves to run up and down the hallway and annoy his 11 year old brother (a Havanese). I will be celebrating once we have the potty training mastered. Very loving and sweet temperament.
1 year, 11 months ago
Cookie
5 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Play
Hugs
Walk
Very friendly, likes to bark... a lot and loves attention.
2 years, 5 months ago
Coco
9 Years
2 People
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The most loving dog and great companion. Loves going away on holidays and car trips. Gets on ok with other dogs once she gets to know them. Very protective.
2 years, 5 months ago
Pepper
5 Years
2 People
Condo
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Friendliness
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Pepper is very,very aggressive towards other people and animals. He cannot be trusted without a lease, He sometimes seems ok when I have him on the leash but if anyone gets too close he will nip, or bite
2 years, 6 months ago
Paige
5 Months
3 People
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Paige is a 5 month old La-Chon, she has a great temperament, is great around kids and has been pretty easy to train so far. She loves walks and being active but is also fine if needed to be left at home for a short period of time.
2 years, 7 months ago
Nahla
11 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Playing Soccer
Dressing up
Fetch
My baby girl has been with me since 6 weeks old. She is so smart. Had her potty trained going in a dog potty box with in a week, as she grew once she fit into a harness she never went inside again. She loves doing tricks, snuggles, very loving, protective, has exceptional sense of people, excited when sees people and remembers them, memory is amazing and recognizes certain toys, names and people. Doesn’t like being alone, loves car rides and being center of attention. Loves being anywhere I am. Doesn’t do well with other dogs unless supervised.
2 years, 8 months ago
Freya
9 Weeks
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Fetch
She is a ball of energy, Loves to play and extremely intelligent. She was house trained in 3 days at only 8 weeks old and know to play fetch and give paw at 9 weeks.
2 years, 9 months ago
MOWGLI
6 Months
5 People
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Ifind them funny little furballs very inquizative and always happy to see you
3 years, 1 month ago
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