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7-13 lbs
Lhasa Apso
Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkie-Apso is a designer hybrid mix breed dog. He is a combination of the Lhasa Apso and the Yorkshire Terrier. The small dog is an excellent company that makes a good family dog. His small size makes him ideal for an apartment lifestyle or for a small home. He stands 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs 7 to 15 pounds. Unlike many small dogs, he is extremely calm and rarely barks. He loves to have ample attention lavished on him every day. The little guy often becomes very spoiled and thinks he is the king of the house.
Date of Origin
Lhasa Apso and Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie-Apso Health

Average Size
Male Yorkie-Apso size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Female Yorkie-Apso size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 7-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Kidney Problems
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Eye Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Up:Uc Ratio For Kidney Function
  • Eye examination
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap

Yorkie-Apso Breed History

The Yorkie-Apso is the ideal combination of both of his parent breeds. The Lhasa Apso is considered a sacred dog in Tibet. He is named after the holy city of Lhasa. The breed was a favored pet of the Buddhist monks at the monasteries. They kept the small pooches as beloved pets and watchdogs. The Dalai Lama would often give the petite dogs as gifts to favored visitors. In 1933, an American naturalist was bestowed with a pair of the tiny canines. He took them back to the United States and used the dogs as the foundation for the first Lhasa Apso kennel in the country. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1935 and they were entered into the Toy Group. The Yorkshire Terrier was first bred in Yorkshire England. This feisty dog was bred to be a fearless ratter to control the rodent population in the region’s mines. Hunters also favored the tiny dogs and used them to hunt fox and badger. The Yorkie would bravely follow the prey into the prey’s den. A pooch named Huddersfield Ben was the foundation stud for the Yorkie.  In 1872, the first Yorkies entered the United States and quickly became a favored pampered pet. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1885 and it was entered into the Toy Group.

Yorkie-Apso Breed Appearance

The small Yorkie-Apso often appears in attractive shades of black, tan, reddish-brown, or brown. His tiny ears are held high on his head and droop down in a flopped fashion. The muzzle is medium length and his head is rounded. He has soft, almond-shaped eyes. Normally, his nose is black like a tiny black button but it can also be brown.  He has tiny catlike feet that usually feature black toenails. He is an attractive combination of both parents and walks with a perky gait.
Nose Color Possibilities
black Yorkie-Apso nose
brown Yorkie-Apso nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Yorkie-Apso coat
red Yorkie-Apso coat
brown Yorkie-Apso coat
black Yorkie-Apso coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Yorkie-Apso straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Yorkie-Apso Breed Maintenance

The Yorkie-Apso has a soft, fluffy coat that requires daily brushing. A slicker brush will work very well in this hybrid's coat. Most owners opt to have their dog’s coat trimmed professionally once a month to maintain his coat length and prevent tangles. As well, the groomer can clip around the eyes if needed. His small nails should be clipped once or twice a month to keep them short. It is advisable that you brush his teeth a few times a week to prevent plaque buildup as smaller hybrids are prone to decay and tooth loss. His tiny ears can be wiped out every couple of weeks with a soft washcloth to remove any debris.
Brushes for Yorkie-Apso
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Yorkie-Apso requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Yorkie-Apso Temperament

The Yorkie-Apso adores his family. He is loving and makes the perfect lapdog. The tiny fellow can be very aloof around strangers and often reserves his affection only for close members of his family. He can bond very closely with his beloved human and will often suffer from separation anxiety. This little guy loves being the only dog which makes him the center of attention. He often has a hard time adjusting to another pooch in the household. However, when raised as a puppy around other pets he will usually get along fine with them. Owners should always be patient with the Yorkie-Apso because he does have a stubborn streak. Early obedience classes are highly recommended. 

Yorkie-Apso Activity Requirements

The Yorkie-Apso does not require a great deal of exercise to be happy. A short walk every day and a bit of playtime will usually satisfy his activity requirements. He does enjoy a jaunt to the dog park where he can run free and interact with other canines. HIs quick intelligence makes him a great choice to enroll in obedience classes. Because the little dog can suffer from severe separation anxiety, most owners take their small dogs wherever they go. He usually loves riding in the car and going on an adventure with his owner.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Yorkie-Apso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Yorkie-Apso Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Yorkie-Apso size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Yorkie-Apso size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Yorkie-Apso size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Yorkie-Apso size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Yorkie-Apso size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Yorkie-Apso size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs

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