Schapso

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10-15 lbs
10-12"
United States
Lhasa Apso
Miniature Schnauzer
When you mix a Lhasa Apso with a Miniature Schnauzer, you get the Schapso, a small hybrid breed that is small enough for an apartment or a small house but with a big personality. This breed is very healthy and lives to be about 15 years old with only a few possible health risks due to the breeding process. The Schapso is a lovable and funny dog that enjoys playing as much as she loves curling up in your lap. They get very attached to their owner and has been nicknamed the Velcro dog. They do tend to have issues with dogs that are the same gender so you will need to make sure she is socialized early.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Lhasa Apso and Miniature Schnauzer

Schapso Health

Average Size
Male Schapso size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Schapso size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test

Schapso Breed History

In the past few decades, hybrid dogs have become very popular and now you can find just about any mixed breed that you can imagine. However, they do not really have a detailed history, so you have to look at the backgrounds of the two parent breeds instead. The Lhasa Apso has been seen as guardians of the monasteries and temples for thousands of years and were always revered in Tibet. They were bred from Tibetan Terriers and possibly some sort of mountain wolf, according to their DNA. The Buddhist monks of the Tibetan Mountains bred them to be companions as well as protectors for their excellent hearing, ability to handle the extreme cold, and good judge of character. The monks guarded the dogs as much as the dogs guarded the monks and no common folks were allowed to have a dog of this breed. However, the Dalai Lama did give pairs of Lhasa Apsos to certain royal families who visited Tibet. It is thought that these gifted dogs had a hand in creating the Shih Tzu and other small breeds in China. The Lhasa Apso finally made it to America in 1933 when the Dalai Lama gave a pair to a couple in New Jersey. Two years later, the breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club, where it is the 71st most popular dog breed. In the 1800s, the Miniature Schnauzer was created in Germany to hunt rats and mice. They were bred from small Poodles, Affenpinschers, and smaller Standard Schnauzers to create a dog small enough to chase and flush small animals from their hiding spots. They became increasingly popular after World War one when it became the third most popular breed in America. They were brought to the United States in 1924 and were accepted by the American Kennel Club just a couple of years later. However, they have fallen from the 3rd to the 17th most popular breed in America.

Schapso Breed Appearance

The Schapso is a tiny, flappy-eared bundle of fur that has round eyes which can be brown or amber and a black or brown nose on a small pointed muzzle. They only weigh about 10 to 20 pounds and stand approximately one foot tall when full-grown. Their straight coat is thick and can be just about any color but the most common colors include tan, gray, brown, white, black, particolored, pied, red, brindle, or blue. They have short legs and a squared body with a short to medium length tail. Many Schapsos have beards like the Miniature Schnauzer but it depends on the parentage.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schapso eyes
Brown
amber Schapso eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schapso nose
Black
brown Schapso nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schapso coat
Black
gray Schapso coat
Gray
brown Schapso coat
Brown
red Schapso coat
Red
cream Schapso coat
Cream
blue Schapso coat
Blue
white Schapso coat
White
pied Schapso coat
Pied
sable Schapso coat
Sable
brindle Schapso coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schapso straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schapso Breed Maintenance

The Schapso may have a wiry or soft coat but either way, you will need to brush your dog at least four or five times a week. They have a thick and straight coat that has a tendency to become matted if not brushed often enough. You can use a pin brush and metal comb as well as a dematting tool to thoroughly groom your dog, making sure to get the hard to reach places like under the neck and legs. They do shed so you will need to brush them regularly to prevent excessive shedding. You should only bathe your dog once a month or when absolutely necessary and use a mild conditioning shampoo approved by your veterinarian.
Brushes for Schapso
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schapso requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schapso Temperament

Although the Schapso is sweet and friendly, they do need to be socialized properly and early because they tend to have problems with dogs of the same sex. They may also try to chase smaller pets if they are not trained correctly. The Schapso can be easy to train if you stick to the rules and remain firm but do not use physical punishment, only positive reinforcement. They do not usually mind being alone but if they become used to having you home all the time and then you suddenly have to be gone for a long period of time, you may want to make arrangements for her.

Schapso Activity Requirements

Your Schapso is just as happy to lay around the house and sleep as she is to go out and play so you have to be sure to encourage her to get the exercise she needs to stay healthy. This breed needs about 30 to 45 minutes of brisk activity every day such as taking her for a walk, playing at the dog park, a game of fetch, or even going hiking at the local park. They love to run around outside so if you have a fenced yard, they will entertain themselves for an hour or two every day chasing the birds and squirrels.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Schapso Food Consumption

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

Schapso Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schapso size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Schapso size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Schapso size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Schapso size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Schapso size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Schapso size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs

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