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10-13 lbs
United States
Lhasa Apso
Silky Terrier
Silky Lhasa Terrier
A Silky-Lhasa is a combination of the Lhasa Apso breed and the Silky Terrier breed. Because these are both toy breeds, your Silky-Lhasa should not be larger than 12 inches tall and weigh about 15 pounds when fully grown. This breed has a long, silky coat that may be blonde, chocolate, black, orange, brown and cream, sable, brindle, pied, red, silver, or blue. This breed is a good choice for a family pet but does best in a home without small children. However, they do like to play with older children and other pets as long as they are trained and socialized early and properly.
Date of Origin
Lhasa Apso and Silky Terrier

Silky-Lhasa Health

Average Size
Male Silky-Lhasa size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 12-15 lbs
Female Silky-Lhasa size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Spongiform Leukodystrophy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Urolithiasis
  • Diabetes
  • Congenital Eye Defects
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging

Silky-Lhasa Breed History

Because the Silky-Lhasa is a new breed, it is necessary to use the histories of the Lhasa Apso and the Silky Terrier. The Lhasa Apso from Tibet was bred to be a guardian of monasteries and temples in the Tibetan Mountains several thousand years ago. It was the Buddhist Monks that developed the Lhasa Apso to perfection from the Tibetan Terrier and possibly a variety of mountain wolf. They were specially chosen for their excellent judge of character, superior hearing, and ability to handle the cold weather of the Tibetan Mountains. Because of their superior talents, they were guarded by the Monks from outside interference and were never sold to commoners. However, some of the Dalai Lamas did give some of these little dignitaries to royal visitors. It is believed that these gifted dogs were contributors to other small breeds that originated around that time such as the Shih Tzu. In fact, these two breeds were often mistaken for each other until the Lhasa Apso Foundation was developed in the United States in 1933. Two years later, the Lhasa Apso was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club and they are now the 71st most common breed of dog in America. The Silky Terrier originated in the 1800s by combining the Yorkshire Terrier with the Australian Terrier to make a wonderful family pet. In the early 1900s, the Silky Terrier was acknowledged as a breed in Victoria and New South Wales. Soldiers returning to America from World War II brought along some of these lovable furry dogs and they became very popular. They are also known for their bravery and in 1996, a Silky Terrier was given the Australian Purple Cross of Bravery for protecting his 9-year-old owner from a venomous snake. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 and they are the 100th most well-liked dog breed in America.

Silky-Lhasa Breed Appearance

This tiny dog has a coat full of long, silky hair that is more like human hair than dog fur. The colors can range from blonde to pied with just about any combination of colors in between. The Silky-Lhasa has large pointed ears that may stand up or lay down, depending on the genes. These dogs are small, weighing 10 to 15 pounds and standing about 10 to 12 inches high on average with a compact body, short legs, and a medium length tail that curls up over their back. They typically have big brown eyes and a black nose on a shortened muzzle that may be brachycephalic so you should have your dog checked for brachycephalic syndrome, which is a serious respiratory disorder. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silky-Lhasa eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silky-Lhasa nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Silky-Lhasa coat
sable Silky-Lhasa coat
pied Silky-Lhasa coat
silver Silky-Lhasa coat
blue Silky-Lhasa coat
cream Silky-Lhasa coat
brown Silky-Lhasa coat
black Silky-Lhasa coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Silky-Lhasa straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silky-Lhasa Breed Maintenance

Due to the Silky-Lhasa’s long, silky coat, they need to be brushed thoroughly on a daily basis. Their hair is so much like human hair that it needs to be trimmed and shampooed regularly. They should be groomed with a dematting tool and metal comb as well as a hard bristle brush or slicker brush. Loosen tangles and mats gently with your fingers before brushing them out to prevent breakage and split ends. You should use conditioning shampoo and crème rinse once a month to keep your dog’s hair from getting dry and frizzy. In addition, clean your dog’s teeth once a week and trim her toenails with a nail clipper to keep them from splitting. 

Brushes for Silky-Lhasa
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Silky-Lhasa requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silky-Lhasa Temperament

Although the Silky-Lhasa loves to play with children and other pets, they do best in homes that do not have small children because they can get nervous and may snap at them if scared. They are usually energetic and playful but also enjoy laying around in your lap or on the couch. This breed is sometimes wary of strangers and must be introduced to your guests and visitors. Because of this, they make good watchdogs. However, they are somewhat difficult to train and seem to have a bit of a stubborn personality when it comes to housebreaking and training. 

Silky-Lhasa Activity Requirements

The Silky-Lhasa needs a moderate amount of exercise every day to keep them in shape and to prevent boredom. It is best if you get them out and running around for about 45 to 60 minutes per day. Some dogs that do not get enough exercise can develop bad habits such as excessive barking or chewing on things due to boredom. Some of the best physical activities for the Silky-Lhasa are playing with other dogs at a local dog park, hiking, taking a walk around the neighborhood, swimming, playing a game of fetch or frisbee, and running around in the yard. This hybrid is very adaptable to any living environment as long as he gets plenty of fresh air, exercise and human interaction every day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Silky-Lhasa Food Consumption

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

Silky-Lhasa Height & Weight

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

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