Lhaffon

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10-19 lbs
7-10"
United States
Brussels Griffon
Lhasa Apso

The Lhaffon is a hybrid cross between a Brussels Griffon and Lhasa Apso, which are both toy breeds. They will likely only grow to be about 10 inches tall, weigh about 15 pounds on average, and they have long, silky fur that is usually black, brown, or red but can also be cream, fawn, white, gray, sable, or brindle. They are smart and friendly for the most part but they do best with older rather than younger children because they have a tendency to be snappish when aggravated too much. Training them is sometimes difficult because they may have trouble with housebreaking but with patience and positive reinforcement, your dog should learn quickly.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Brussels Griffon and Lhasa Apso

Lhaffon Health

Average Size
Male Lhaffon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 11-20 lbs
Female Lhaffon size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 10-19 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Minor Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Urolithiasis
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis

Lhaffon Breed History

The Lhaffon has not been around long enough to have her own history so it is best to look at the histories of the parent breeds. The Brussels Griffon was born in Belgium in the 1800s from several breeds such as the English Toy Spaniel, Pug, Affenpinscher, Griffons d’Ecurie, and maybe even the Yorkshire Terrier. They were originally bred to get rid of small vermin such as rats and mice from stables and homes but eventually became companions as the cab drivers of the old horse drawn cabs took them with them on drives as theft deterrents. Although they are tiny dogs, they have sturdy bodies and they are very courageous. Many say they look like Ewoks from Star Wars and their human-like expressions are similar to those of the Pug. There are two types, the smooth coated and rough coated, but other than that, both are the same breed. The breed became instantly famous after starring in the 1997 movie “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt but they were recognized long before that, in 1910, by the American Kennel Club. They are the 97th most popular dog breed in America. The Lhasa Apso came from Tibet way back in ancient times and is thought to be a descendent of some sort of mountain wolf and Tibetan Terriers. The Buddhist monks in the Tibetan mountains used these dogs as sentinels for their monasteries and temples because of their excellent hearing, good judgement, and ability to handle the cold weather. They were never sold but were given as gifts to royal families and visiting dignitaries. The 13th Dalai Lama gave a group of these dogs to a couple from New Jersey in 1933 who formed a Lhasa Apso foundation in the United States and the breed was officially accepted by the American Kennel Club two years later. They are now the 71st most popular dog breed in the United States.

Lhaffon Breed Appearance

The Lhaffon’s dark brown eyes are large, round, and intelligent. Their floppy ears are triangular in shape and furry and they have a shortened muzzle with a black nose. Their short muzzle has a tendency to cause brachycephalic syndrome, which is a respiratory defect, so you should get your dog checked as soon as possible for any breathing difficulties. Their long fur can be just about any color including black, gray, brown, red, cream, fawn, white, sable, brindle, and any combination of these. Some Lhaffons have a wiry or rough coat but they are usually soft and silky like the Lhasa Apso. 

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

Lhaffon Breed Maintenance

The Lhaffon needs to be brushed every day or at least every other day with a pin brush and a metal comb to keep them from getting matted. Depending on their fur type, their coat may need to be stripped every few months to get rid of the dead hair. You can do this by hand or use a tool called a stripping blade. Also, you should clean their ears with a moist cotton ball once a week and look for signs of irritation or build-up of ear wax. Bathing is only necessary every few months or so since bathing too often can cause dry skin. Be sure to clip your dog’s toenails when needed and brush her teeth with special dog toothpaste once or twice a week. 

Brushes for Lhaffon
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Lhaffon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lhaffon Temperament

Because these dogs have a tendency to snap at children when they are teased or aggravated, they do best with adults and older children. They do get along with other pets but need to be socialized early because they like to be the center of attention. The Lhaffon is generally cautious of strangers so they may be wary or even aggressive with visitors if they are not trained properly. They do make good watchdogs and will definitely alert you when there is a stranger or other threat nearby. Training them may take a bit longer than other dogs but can be done with time and patience. Do not use physical punishment because this will cause aggression in your dog. Positive reinforcement is best when training. 

Lhaffon Activity Requirements

Your Lhaffon does not need much exercise but they do have a tendency to be lazy and become overweight so you have to be sure they get at least 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous activity every day. This breed loves to play fetch and can even be good at agility training so you can try that and take her for a short walk twice a day, which should be sufficient for one day. However, if they do not get enough exercise, they tend to become bored or anxious and may develop some bad habits such as excessive barking, chewing on things, or may even become aggressive. 

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

Lhaffon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Lhaffon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Lhaffon size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Lhaffon size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Lhaffon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Lhaffon size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Lhaffon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Lhaffon size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 14 lbs

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