La Pom

7-15 lbs
Lhasa Apso

The La Pom is a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Pomeranian. Dogs of the hybrid are small, reaching between 7 and 15 pounds. The La Pom is small in size but big in spirt. Dogs of the hybrid are smart and make good watchdogs. In addition, the breed is strong in completing tricks as well as in participating in agility activities. The La Pom will do well in an apartment or in a house. With early socialization, the La Pom will get along well with other animals and with people in the home.

Date of Origin
Lhasa apso and Pomeranian

La Pom Health

Average Size
Male La Pom size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Female La Pom size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Kidney Problems
  • Pateller Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Hips
  • Up:Uc Ratio For Kidney Function

La Pom Breed History

The hybrid called the La Pom 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 living in the mountains of Tibet developed the Lhasa Apso as sentinels for their temples and monasteries. The DNA of the Lhasa Apso points to the breed having descended by a kind of mountain wolf and there is also a belief that the dogs are descendants of Tibetan Terriers. The Lhasa Apso was bred to handle cold weather as well as to have the ability to determine whether those approaching are friend or foe. The Dalai Lamas did not sell the dogs, however they would on occasion, give a pair as a gift to Imperial families and dignitaries that visited. The breed first arrived in the U.S. in 1933 and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935. The Pomeranian comes from Pomerania, Germany, which is where his name comes from. Descended from the ancient Spitz breeds of the far northern countries, the breed is related to the Norwegian Elkhound, German Spitz, Samoyed, American Eskimo Dog and the Schipperke. Early Pomeranians were significantly larger than those seen today, with a weight up to 30 pounds and used as sheep dogs. The breed was introduced in England when Queen Charlotte moved there to marry King George III in 1761 and brought her two Pomeranians with her, becoming popular with the public when her daughter Queen Victoria bred numerous dogs, including the Pomeranian. The breed gain popularity quickly in the United States around 1900, with the American Pomeranian Club founded in 1909. The breed’s size consistently decreased during 1900 and 1930.

La Pom Breed Appearance

The La Pom is a small dog that can weigh between 7 and 15 pounds. Dogs of the hybrid will have a double coat; the undercoat will consist of short, soft hair while the outer coat has coarse, long hair. The La Pom will typically have a round head with a short muzzle, floppy ears and eyes that are almond shaped. The breed is commonly seen in the following colors: cream, red, white, golden, black, brown and tan.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue La Pom eyes
brown La Pom eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black La Pom nose
brown La Pom nose
isabella La Pom nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn La Pom coat
black La Pom coat
white La Pom coat
red La Pom coat
cream La Pom coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
La Pom straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

La Pom Breed Maintenance

The La Pom does not shed much, though a few times during the year you can expect a bit more shedding than usual. Because of the small amount of shedding, grooming and maintenance are relatively simple. It is recommended that you brush your La Pom daily so that his hair does not become matted. Dogs of the breed should only be bathed when necessary, though his ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean on a weekly basis. As with all dogs, the teeth of the La Pom should be brushed several times per week to ensure his long term dental health and his nails should be clipped as needed. The nails of the La Pom can be sharp and can curl towards the foot if left unattended.

Brushes for La Pom
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
La Pom requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

La Pom Temperament

The La Pom usually will think that he is bigger than he really is, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on him when he is playing with larger dogs. Dogs of the hybrid are calm, yet love to play and will be intelligent and affectionate. The La Pom will prefer to be close to his human; being separated for long periods of time is not ideal for this breed. Dogs of the breed love having company and enjoy being the center of attention. Despite his small size, the La Pom will be alert and protective of his humans. Early socialization is recommended for the La Pom so that he can get along well with children and other animals. Dogs of the breed can be independent in nature, requiring that you establish right away that you are the pack leader. 

La Pom Activity Requirements

The La Pom will be somewhat active, though does not need a lot of exercise in order to remain happy and in good health. Dogs of the hybrid will benefit from a medium length walk each day as well as some time to play. The La Pom will do well in an apartment as long as he is taken on a walk or two each day and is able to play some indoors. Dogs of the hybrid will also enjoy spending time at the dog park. If you have a yard that your La Pom can enjoy, do not leave him unattended as he may attempt an adventure beyond the barrier, due to his curious nature.

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

La Pom Food Consumption

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

La Pom Height & Weight

6 Months
Male La Pom size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female La Pom size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male La Pom size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female La Pom size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male La Pom size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female La Pom size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs

La Pom Owner Experiences

8 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Road trip
Spark is super energetic and has zoomies a lot. He is very clingy that's why we have difficulty in leaving him alone in the house. Can be so stubborn and loves nibbling on the furniture and chewing slippers. But overall, he's a loving furball who just wants to be showered with rubs and attention.
38 minutes ago
3 Years
2 People
Walks and lots of playing with toys!
My mums Lhasa got pregnant by a Pomeranian and we had to keep the whole lapom litter as they were so adorable! They all have funny totally different personality’s but they are all very loving and adore their owners. Two out of the four are very very playful and love toys and constant attention while the other two are more subdued and just enjoy their food, playing with their siblings and cuddles. Sometimes certain ones can be aloof which they get from the Lhasa side but other ones can be really intense and want all the attention! They are the loveliest little Dogs and massive protectors with their favourite pass time Being barking at new people and dogs out the window or while on walkies. They generally can do quite big hour or so more walks but certain smaller ones do get a little tired and want held for a bit. Definitely focus on socialising a lot in the beginning as they do think they are bigger than they are and would happily take on a huge dog! Don’t cost much to look after just need a nice couple of small meals a day and a nice chewy and they are happy. Don’t like being left alone for long either but they are better if they have another wee dog with them. Must be brushed quite often or would get matted!
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
3 People
Kane is very friendly and love children. Likes to sit under his owner's. Does not play well with other animals, barks at them alot which is probably our fault we kept him a little sheltered
2 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Fun to be around, good with other dogs
4 months, 4 weeks ago
Four Years
4 People
Playing and fighting with him
He is a nice friendly puppy.He is very guarding.He is very much obeyable.overall he is our family member.
12 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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