10-15 lbs
Lhasa Apso
The Lhasapoo is a hybrid dog. His parents are the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle. He is a smart, sweet, and loving dog. He is relatively small, usually only weighing twenty pounds at the most. Great for singles who want companionship, older couples feeling the loneliness of the empty nest, and families with children, he will be happy living in an apartment or home with a fenced-in yard. He is rather active, and is surprisingly protective of his family. He will need a minimal amount of daily exercise. The coat type and the amount of maintenance your Lhasapoo will need depends upon the coat he inherits from his parents.
Date of Origin
Lhasa Apso, Poodle

Lhasapoo Health

Average Size
Male Lhasapoo size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Lhasapoo size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney Problems
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Hip & Eye

Lhasapoo Breed History

The Lhasapoo is a designer breed; he is growing quite popular as of late. However, there is not a great deal of information about how the hybrid breed came to be. So, in order to learn about the Lhasapoo, we must take a look at the parent breeds. The Lhasa Apso hails from Tibet. He was a dog that was owned by nobility, and he was the guard dog of the Tibetan monasteries. The only way that anyone was able to own a Lhasa Apso was if the Dalai Lama gifted a Lhasa to that person. This happened sporadically; the Dalai Lama gifted Lhasas to Chinese nobility. In the 1930s, the Dalai Lama gifted a pair of Lhasas to a naturalist and renowned traveller, C. Suydam Cutting. Cutting returned to his kennels in New Jersey and began developing the Lhasa we know today. The Poodle is also a breed that has been around for centuries. Experts believe that he is a mixture of several European water dogs and the North African Barbet, a dog that is now extinct. Eventually, the breed we know as the Poodle ended up in Germany, where he was utilized for his hunting abilities. The Poodle's exact date of origin is not known; there are Poodle-like dogs depicted on Egyptian and Roman artwork. The dogs portrayed are generally retrieving game or herding animals. The Standard Poodle is traditionally used for duck hunting, and smaller Poodles were used to sniff out truffles in the woods. Eventually, travelling performers learned that the Poodle is an adept show dog. Poodles were not very populous in the United States until after World War II. However, for a number of decades, the Poodle was the most popular breed in the U.S.

Lhasapoo Breed Appearance

The Lhasapoo is a cute and cuddly combination of his parent breeds. While his exact look will be determined by the dominant parent breed, one can be sure that the Lhasapoo will be small, and he will have lengthy hair. It is likely his hair will be wavy. Interestingly enough, the Lhasapoo is hypoallergenic. He may be white, black, brown, tan, or a mixture of any of those colors. His legs will be short but sturdy. He will have a long, thin tail that may curl over his back. His ears are evenly set, and are long, but not considered floppy. There may be feathering on his belly, legs, and ears.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Lhasapoo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Lhasapoo nose
brown Lhasapoo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Lhasapoo coat
black Lhasapoo coat
brown Lhasapoo coat
cream Lhasapoo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Lhasapoo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Lhasapoo Breed Maintenance

The Lhasapoo is likely to have very lengthy hair; in fact, one expert says that if you take your dog to be clipped, expect to come home with half the dog you thought you had! Depending on the dominant parent breed, the Lhasapoo may have thick, curly hair or he may have silky, straight, very long hair. He will need to be brushed daily if you decide not to clip his coat. If he is clipped, brush him weekly. Trim his nails once every two weeks. A good rule of thumb is if you can hear his nails clicking on a tile floor, it is time to clip his nails. Also, brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. However, to prevent gum disease, brush his teeth daily.
Brushes for Lhasapoo
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Lhasapoo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lhasapoo Temperament

The Lhasapoo is a loving, happy, and energetic little dog. He is prone to barking, but normally this is because something is out of place, such as company. Remember that the Lhasa Apso was a guard dog in Tibet, so it is only natural that the Lhasapoo is protective of his family and territory. For the Lhasapoo, his human family is the center of his world. He loves children, older adults, and people in general. However, it is recommended that younger children be supervised with the Lhasapoo as some little ones have a tendency to pull the long hair of the dog and hurt him. Early socialization is key to teaching your Lhasapoo what behavior is acceptable.  Also, the Lhasapoo is prone to separation anxiety, so if you work long hours or are away from home for long stretches of time, the Lhasapoo might not be the dog for you.

Lhasapoo Activity Requirements

The Lhasapoo is energetic, but he is not overly active. Keep in mine that his Poodle parent breed is notorious for being destructive if he becomes bored. Give your Lhasapoo plenty of chew toys, and take him on short, brisk walks to work off any nervous energy.(and prevent destruction of your furniture or shoes!). He will also enjoy playtime with you indoors. The key is making sure he has regular activity, even for short spurts throughout the day. He will also make friends at the dog park, and he may surprise you by hopping from couch-to-couch. Observers often say it appears the Lhasapoo is "flying" when he does so.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Lhasapoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $32.00

Lhasapoo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Lhasapoo size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Lhasapoo size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Lhasapoo size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Lhasapoo size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male Lhasapoo size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Lhasapoo size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs

Lhasapoo Owner Experiences

2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Stitch is very loving and patient. He is my seventeen years old daughter's baby and she constantly fusses him. He never growls at humans and is very friendly even with strangers. Definitely not a guard dog but he does chase cats apart from our own. They have a love hate relationship. He loves her and she hates him. He loves his walks and can easily walk for a couple of hours or more but will be fine on the days he doesn't go out. He has never chewed anything apart from what we give him and he loves cuddly toys in particular his teddy which he carries around the house. We couldn't want for a better dog. The grooming is the only issue as his hair is thick wavy and curly in place and grows like crazy! Apart from that anyone who meet s him want to keep him and I have have many tradesmen around the house who offered to buy him off me. I would really recommend this breed to anyone looking for a loving dog.
11 months ago
11 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
I love this puppy. Easy to train. My Wattson is calm but has short spurts of engery. House breaking is slow.
11 months ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
lovely walks along the beach and in the parks
Tashi is our first dog and i wouldn't be without her now. My husband, myself and my two grown up children absolutely love her to bits. Don't hesitate, if its a small, fun, loving dog with minimal exercise needs, this is the dog for you!
1 year, 1 month ago
4 People
I love my baby girl, I just wish she was more cuddly. She is very protective of me when it comes to other dogs. She will snip at them when they come near me when I hAve food
1 year, 3 months ago
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