Westie-Laso

12-16 lbs
9-11"
Unknown
Lhasa Apso
West Highland White Terrier
West Highland Lhasa
The product of two similarly-sized bearded dogs, the Westie-Laso is a relatively well-tempered and intelligent hybrid breed descended from the West Highland White Terrier and the Lhasa Apso. Despite having parent breeds from nearly opposite sides of the earth (Scotland and Tibet), the Westie-Laso inherited many overlapping characteristics of both, including a high level of playfulness, above-average affection, and a moderate tolerance for other dogs. Like both of their parent breeds, Westie-Lasos are also quite intelligent but sometimes choose to employ it at their own discretion, meaning they have a tendency to become stubborn when they don't feel like listening. Although they are also somewhat independent, they do require a fair amount of maintenance to keep their teeth and coats clean and healthy. Overall, they make good family pets that do well in smaller spaces given their size and exercise requirements.
Purpose
Companion, Guardian, Vermin Hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
West Highland White Terrier and Lhasa Apso

Westie-Laso Health

Average Size
Male Westie-Laso size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 14-21 lbs
Female Westie-Laso size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 12-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Inguinal Hernias
  • Copper Toxicosis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skeletal Exam

Westie-Laso Breed History

The Westie-Laso doesn't have a particularly clear history but both of its parent breeds have established themselves in a greater capacity. The West Highland White Terrier, like many other Scottish-based Terriers, has been traced as far back as the 17th century but a majority of its known history and what is widely-known today stems from the late 19th century refinements of Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm, who purposely bred pure white dogs to prevent mistaking them for foxes while on foxhunts -- one of the purposes they were originally bred for. Despite their size, they were bred to be brave, rugged little dogs with the ability to help hunt aggressive prey such as badgers and foxes, hence their propensity to get caught up in both digging and barking. Towards the early 20th century when they were first introduced in America, they gained significant popularity and also doubled as companion dogs with exceptional skills in hunting, tracking, and agility. The Lhasa Apso reaches much further back into history and is widely-known to be one of the most ancient companion breeds. Thought to originate from a small mountain wolf thousands of years ago, the Lhasa Apso was revered by Tibetan monks who kept them isolated from other breeds and used them as guardians of their temples for centuries. In the early 1900s, they made their way to England and eventually to America in 1933 as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama to Mr. (and Mrs.) Suydam Cutting (New Jersey), a globetrotter and the first white Christian to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa. A couple years later in 1935 the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club and their popularity in the United States started on a steady rise.

Westie-Laso Breed Appearance

The Westie-Laso is a small dog, standing less than a foot tall and under 20 pounds, with a longer, straight coat that can be a wide variety of colors thanks to its Lhasa Apso parentage, a short snout and often have exaggerated eyebrows and mustaches. Even with their small size, many are strongly built with surprisingly muscular legs and chests.  They have round, dark, pert, inquisitive eyes and ears that can be pricked, cocked, or folded and short to medium tails that often sport a bit of extra fluff.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Westie-Laso eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Westie-Laso nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Westie-Laso coat
Brindle
sable Westie-Laso coat
Sable
silver Westie-Laso coat
Silver
fawn Westie-Laso coat
Fawn
cream Westie-Laso coat
Cream
red Westie-Laso coat
Red
brown Westie-Laso coat
Brown
gray Westie-Laso coat
Gray
black Westie-Laso coat
Black
white Westie-Laso coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Westie-Laso straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Westie-Laso Breed Maintenance

Maintenance for this breed largely depends on how much of the Lhasa Apso's coat it inherits. If it happens to be one that sports a thick, lengthy coat, it will need near-daily attention in the form of combing and brushing to prevent any type of tangling, matting or excessive dirt from collecting. Many owners who face more rigorous maintenance routines start their dogs young to help make the process easier and more comfortable later on, and/or also regularly take their dogs to groomers to help keep their coats shorter and easier to maintain -- although this does not excuse them from daily routines at home or baths every couple weeks. For those who have a dog with a coat closer to the Western Highland White Terrier, maintenance is a bit easier. Although they are not frequent shedders, they will still need their coats brushed, but more likely on a weekly basis instead of daily. They will also need regular trimmings of their feet, ears, and eyes to keep life clean and comfortable. Regardless of their coat, the Westie-Laso's teeth should be monitored closely and should be given regular brushing whenever possible since their brachycephalic facial structure is prone to dental issues. Like any other breed, toenails should also be monitored and clipped to prevent cracks and breaks.
Brushes for Westie-Laso
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Westie-Laso requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Westie-Laso Temperament

Overall, Westie-Lasos are considered to be pretty well-tempered but they are complex dogs that can often quickly change mood depending on their situation. At home and around family, they are quite affectionate and playful and can even become comical, especially with those they are comfortable with. But given their previous hereditary duties as hunters and guardians, they can become very protective of food, toys, and even their owners and are often skeptical of strangers, of whom they will greet with a plethora of barking. Because they can tend to be a bit stubborn, training them as early as possible will help to ensure the best possible results in overall behavior, although barking is often the last thing to be trained out, if at all. If socialized early on, this breed can coexist with other pets in the home but their protective and sometimes moody behavior can be an issue if left unaddressed. On the whole, Westie-Lasos don't need a great deal of exercise but they do still need a good amount of mental stimulation and if they don't receive enough, may become destructive.

Westie-Laso Activity Requirements

Westie-Lasos are not particularly high energy dogs, thus making them good pets for those with smaller living spaces, but they do still require somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes of exercise daily and around 6 miles of walks per week. Possibly more than all else, owners should provide them with mental stimulation to keep them from becoming bored, frustrated or even destructive. Treat toys, games than engage their problem solving abilities and creative playtime are all helpful in keeping this breed happy and healthy both physically and mentally, especially since they are prone to concentrating on their hunting and guarding duties with plentiful barking.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Westie-Laso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Westie-Laso Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Westie-Laso size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Westie-Laso size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Westie-Laso size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Westie-Laso size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Westie-Laso size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Westie-Laso size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs

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