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13-23 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Lhasa Apso

The Lha Cocker is an adorable mix of the American Cocker Spaniel and the Lhasa Apso, which are both small breed dogs. These dogs are about 12 inches tall and weigh about 20 pounds on average. They tend to take after the Cocker Spaniel mostly with long, fine hair and thick undercoat, squared head, droopy ears, and a happy appearance. The Lha Cocker is a friendly dog who gets along well with other pets but may not be the best choice for families with small children. They are easy to train since they are very intelligent dogs who love to please and learn quickly.

Date of Origin
American Cocker Spaniel and Lhasa Apso

Lha-Cocker Health

Average Size
Male Lha-Cocker size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female Lha-Cocker size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 13-23 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Seborrhea
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Hyperthyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Hearing Tests

Lha-Cocker Breed History

The Lha Cocker has not been around long enough to have a history so it is better to look at the histories of the parent breeds. The American Cocker Spaniel originated in the United States in the 1800s bred from the English Cocker Spaniel to be a hunter and retriever. The Spaniels were separated by their size and whether they were used for water or land. The American Cocker Spaniel is the tiniest of the bunch and was bred mainly to find and retrieve birds like the woodcocks. The breed made it to the United States in the early 19th century by hunters who liked the way they flushed the birds. The Americans preferred them smaller though, so they bred them down to a smaller size for shows and companions. The American Cocker Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 and they are the 29th most popular dog breed in the United States. The Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed from Tibet that was bred by the Tibetan Monks who used these little dogs as guardians of their monasteries and temples. They were chosen for this due to their ability to withstand the cold weather of the mountains of Tibet and excellent hearing, and good judge of character. They are believed to be bred from Tibetan Terriers and some variety of mountain wolf, according to their DNA. The Dalai Lama gave several of these dogs to a New Jersey family who started the Lhasa Apso Foundation of the United States. Soon after, in 1935, they were accepted by the American Kennel Club where they are the 71st most popular dog breed. 

Lha-Cocker Breed Appearance

The Lha Cocker has large brown eyes, a black or brown nose, long pendulous ears, a square muzzle, and a short to medium feathered tail that curls up over the body. Their coat can be many different colors including black, brown, red, cream, fawn, sable, brindle, and any combination of these. Their fur is long and straight with a thick undercoat and fine and silky outer coat. However, some dogs end up with a wavy coat depending on the parentage. They have a heavy and solid body with short and stocky legs averaging about 15 to 25 pounds and standing about 10 to 14 inches high. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Lha-Cocker eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Lha-Cocker nose
brown Lha-Cocker nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Lha-Cocker coat
brown Lha-Cocker coat
red Lha-Cocker coat
cream Lha-Cocker coat
fawn Lha-Cocker coat
sable Lha-Cocker coat
brindle Lha-Cocker coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Lha-Cocker straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Lha-Cocker Breed Maintenance

Your Lha Cocker will need to be brushed thoroughly daily or at least five or six times per week. The best type of brush for your dog is the pin brush and metal comb. You may also need a dematter because the combination of a fine outer coat and course undercoat tends to get matted easily. You may also need to use special medicated shampoo for your dog because of their sensitive skin. Some owners prefer to get their Lha Cocker professionally groomed a few times a year to make their coat easier to manage. In addition, you should clean their ears once a week and trim their nails when needed.

Brushes for Lha-Cocker
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Lha-Cocker requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lha-Cocker Temperament

It is best if your Lha Cocker grows up with other pets to become well socialized because they do like to be the center of attention. They are not great with small children under school age since they can get snappish when aggravated. They can be taught to get along well with younger children though, if done at a young age. They do bark a lot when they feel the need and they can be moody at times as well. However, they are playful and fun companions who will do well with a small family. Training them is easy as long as you use positive reinforcement and not physical punishment, which can make your dog aggressive. 

Lha-Cocker Activity Requirements

The Lha Cocker does not need too much exercise but they should get at least 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous physical activity per day. They do love to be the center of attention so just playing fetch or catch with her for a short time indoors and then taking her for a walk twice a day would be good enough for her daily exercise. They do enjoy variety so you can mix it up by taking her for a hike in the park or to the local dog park to play with some other dogs. They are also good at swimming and agility training. 

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

Lha-Cocker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.6
Monthly Cost
$24 - $48

Lha-Cocker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Lha-Cocker size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Lha-Cocker size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Lha-Cocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Female Lha-Cocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Lha-Cocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Lha-Cocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 18 lbs

Lha-Cocker Owner Experiences

18 Months
5 People
House & Yard
He's very intelligent and very loyal towards me and the family but also can be a bit stroppy if he's not getting the attention he thinks he deserves, he makes a fantastic companion and I wouldn't be without him,
1 month, 1 week ago
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