Lha-Basset

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20-45 lbs
11-14"
United States
Basset Hound
Lhasa Apso

The Lha-Basset is a mix of the Basset Hound and the Lhasa Apso and is usually medium in size at about 13 inches tall and weighing about 40 pounds on average. They are short in stature but heavy like the Basset Hound and they may have a short, harsh coat or a long, silky coat of medium density. They usually have long, pendulous ears, a stocky body, and short legs with a tail that curls up over its back. The Lha-Basset is loyal and smart with a strong desire to please so they are easy to train. 

Purpose
Companion, Hunting
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Basset Hound and Lhasa Apso

Lha-Basset Health

Average Size
Male Lha-Basset size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 25-50 lbs
Female Lha-Basset size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 20-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Seborrhea
  • Platelet Dysfunction
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Gastric Torsion
Occasional Tests
  • Dna Test For Vwd
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Thyroid Testing

Lha-Basset Breed History

Your Lha-Basset does not have much of a history yet since this is a new breed. However, you can look at the histories of the Basset Hound and Lhasa Apso to determine their background. The Basset Hound, also known as the Hush Puppy, originated in France in the 1500s as a scent hound used in hunting rabbits and other prey. These dogs were bred by the Friars of the French Abbey from the Basset Normand, Basset d’Artois, and other short legged Hounds. Their name, Basset, means “low thing” in French, referring to the short legs of the breed. They were bred to be short so they would be easier to follow on hunts. According to some, once they came to the United States, they were bred with the Bloodhound to make them larger. The Basset Hound became famous in the United States when it was the namesake of Elvis Presley’s song “Hound Dog” and again when the breed starred in a television show called “The Dukes of Hazard.” The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Basset Hound in 1935 and they are now the 39th most famous breed of dog in America. The Lhasa Apso is one of the oldest known breed of dogs and originated in the mountains of Tibet during the ancient times. These little dogs are thought to be bred from Tibetan Terriers and Tibetan Mountain Wolves. The Buddhist Monks kept the Lhasa Apsos as protectors of their temples in the Tibetan Mountains because they were so good at judging characters and could handle the extreme cold of the mountains. In 1933, a Dalai Lama gifted several Lhasa Apsos to a New Jersey couple who founded the Lhasa Apso Foundation. Several years later, the breed was officially accepted by the American Kennel Club and they are now the 71st most famous dog breed in America. 

Lha-Basset Breed Appearance

Your Lha-Basset should have a long muzzle with a black nose that can smell just about anything and big, soulful-looking brown eyes. They may have a long and silky coat or short and rough coat, depending on the parentage but either coat will be dense and straight. Their short legs are strong and well-muscled with large feet, long flappy ears, and a curved tail that may or may not be furry. Most Lha-Bassets are multicolored like the Basset Hound and can be black and brown; black and cream; red and white; brown and white; blue; gray; fawn; white; sable; brindle; and just about any other color combination. 

Nose Color Possibilities
black Lha-Basset nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Lha-Basset coat
Brindle
sable Lha-Basset coat
Sable
pied Lha-Basset coat
Pied
white Lha-Basset coat
White
blue Lha-Basset coat
Blue
fawn Lha-Basset coat
Fawn
cream Lha-Basset coat
Cream
red Lha-Basset coat
Red
brown Lha-Basset coat
Brown
gray Lha-Basset coat
Gray
black Lha-Basset coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Lha-Basset straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Lha-Basset Breed Maintenance

The amount of maintenance your Lha-Basset needs depends on which coat she ends up with. If she has a short, rough coat, you can usually get away with brushing her with a slicker brush once or twice a week. However, if she has long, silky fur, you will need to brush and comb her thoroughly at least every other day to keep her from getting matted. They only need to be bathed when absolutely necessary because it will dry out their skin. You should also clean their ears with a moistened cotton ball once a week and look for any signs of redness or irritation. In addition, trim her toenails when you can hear them clicking on the floor and brush her teeth a few times a week to prevent dental disease. 

Brushes for Lha-Basset
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Lha-Basset requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lha-Basset Temperament

The Lha-Basset is an excellent family pet who gets along well with everyone but should be supervised with young children under five. They may snap at children if they are teased or bothered too much. They do make good watchdogs because they will let you know when there are strangers around with their loud bark. While they love to play, they also like to be left alone sometimes and do not usually have a problem with separation anxiety. The Lha-Basset is a smart and fast learner who should be easy to train as long as you start early.

Lha-Basset Activity Requirements

The Lha-Basset can be a lazy dog that just wants to lay around the house but they do need at least 30 to 45 minutes of exercise every day to stay healthy and prevent obesity. They are excellent scent dogs and can be taught to hunt or perform in scent competitions like the U.S. Canine Scent Sports Competition. Other great activities for Lha-Bassets include visits to the dog park, walks around the neighborhood, playing fetch or catch, swimming, hiking, and even agility training. If your Lha-Basset does not get enough exercise, they may become bored or anxious and can develop behavior problems.

 

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

Lha-Basset Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.6 - $2.4
Monthly Cost
$48 - $72

Lha-Basset Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Lha-Basset size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Lha-Basset size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Lha-Basset size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Lha-Basset size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 25 lbs
18 Months
Male Lha-Basset size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Lha-Basset size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 35 lbs

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