If you feel like you have spent ages searching for the perfect dog breed, the right knowledge can make things much easier for you.
Making an informed purchase getting your next dog can ensure that there aren’t any unfortunate surprises for you further down the line when you own a dog. Today, I’ll be covering the Lacasapoo.
This dog breed is unusual in that it consists of a mix of one purebred dog and one that is mixed.
The purebred side of the Lacasapoo’s family consists of a Lhasa Apso while the mixed dog is a Cock-a-Poo. The Cock-a-Poo is a cross between a purebred Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel.
I’ll be going over everything that you want to know about the Lacasapoo, including its eating habits, how much exercise it needs, how it behaves, and so much more.
This guide will be split into sections to make it easier for you to find all of the pertinent information, and we’ll start with what you need to know about the puppies.
Lacasapoo Puppies – Before You Buy
It’s smart to do your research before ever seeing the puppies, as they have a way of swaying your opinion subconsciously.
You can’t be rational when you are presented with a basket of mewling pups, so deciding whether or not this is the dog for you in advance instead of on the spot is a wise choice.
What Price are Lacasapoo Puppies?
The price of a Lacasapoo puppy can vary based on where you are.
Places with a higher concentration of breeders may see prices as low as 500 to 750 dollars, though that is growing rarer.
Many of the more expensive Lacasapoos now sell for 1500 dollars and even more in some instances.
These dogs are more expensive than other designer breeds due to the need to ensure that both of the Cock-a-Poo’s parents are pure as well.
A Lacasapoo that is one-quarter Poodle, one-quarter Cocker Spaniel, and half Lhasa Apso will be more in demand than one that has less pure blood.
Where to Find Reputable Lacasapoo Breeders?
If you have decided that this is the dog for you, the next step is finding a breeder that wants the best for your new pet.
There are too many stories of puppy mills and other horrible places forcing dogs to suffer for a profit, and I am sure that you don’t want your hard-earned money supporting that.
After finding several breeders on the internet, look around for reviews of their services so that you can learn more about the quality of their dogs.
You should even ask local breeders what they have heard about the one that you have chosen, as word tends to travel fast in circles such as those.
3 Little Known Facts About Lacasapoo Puppies
- The Lacasapoo’s coat type will be evident when it is younger, as these dogs can inherit a range of different fur textures from its three different parent breeds. You may find that extra grooming is necessary for these dogs, even when they are puppies, and getting them used to the brush is a good idea.
- While Lacasapoo puppies may be small, they are brave, and they will try and “protect” you from what it perceives to be threats. There are times when this can be quite entertaining, as the Lacasapoo realizes that it is outmatched by another pet in the house and scurries off.
- The Lacasapoo is relatively unique in that its coat changes colors as it grows, so a dog may not be the same color when it is older as when it was growing up. There are many different possible coat colors that I will go over further in the appearance section.
Physical Traits of the Lacasapoo
The Lacasapoo is a dog that doesn’t necessarily have a distinct look.
Most designer dog breeds that consist of a cross between more than two pure breeds tend to have less distinguishable features than otherwise.
Most dogs of this breed have one of two eye colors: either brown or golden brown.
The range of coats that are possible for this breed is much more varied than the eye colors, with black, white, silver, brown, cream, and more being possibilities.
This dog has a coat that is medium to long, depending on which dog it takes after, and it is also possibly hypoallergenic thanks to its Poodle heritage.
This dog has droopy ears which means that you will have to engage in routine cleanings to prevent ear infections from developing.
It is also more than likely that you will have to get used to using several grooming tools, namely the fur brush to ensure that your dog doesn’t have any issues with its coat.
How Big is a Full-Grown Lacasapoo?
The Lacasapoo is not a big dog, by any stretch of the imagination. This breed straddles the line between medium dogs and small dogs, being heavier than it is tall.
Most dogs of this breed are somewhere between 10 and 15 inches tall, making them rather compact for the amount of fur that they have.
When it comes to weight, the range for the Lacasapoo is from 14 to 24 pounds, depending on which breeds are dominant in the mix, and how big the Poodle was.
The Lhasa Apso is the smallest dog in the mix, so a higher prevalence of its DNA will make for a smaller Lacasapoo.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Lacasapoo?
Before buying a dog, it helps to know exactly how long you can expect it to be your companion.
It is sad to think about it, but there comes a day when every dog must depart, and smaller breeds like the Lacasapoo tend to have an advantage in that department.
The Lacasapoo will usually live for around 18 years, which is much longer than many other dog breeds, including the smaller ones.
In fact, this incredibly long lifespan rivals those of cats, which are known for usually living longer than dogs since they are so much smaller.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Lacasapoo
The defining qualities of the Lacasapoo are loyalty and companionship, much like in many other smaller dogs.
If you live alone, this dog will make for an excellent pet to help make your house or apartment feel more alive, mainly due to the massive reserves of energy that are only possible in a small dog.
The Lacasapoo benefits from a higher degree of intelligence and work ethic than most small dogs.
As a result of this very work ethic, you will find that the Lacasapoo rarely suffers from “Small Dog Syndrome,” where smaller dogs tend to be harder to train because they rarely follow instructions.
If you are looking for a family dog, there are few issues with the Lacasapoo, as it will even be comfortable with younger children.
Surprisingly enough, the Lacasapoo has some finely-honed guardian instincts that likely come from the Poodle, so they can make for effective watchdogs.
The Lacasapoo’s Diet
Though this is a small dog, the Lacasapoo will tend to eat more than many of the smallest breeds.
You can feed this dog around 1.5 cups of dog food per day to ensure that they get all of the energy they need. It is recommended that you split the Lacasapoo’s food into two or three servings.
As with most small dogs, you will want to avoid feeding a Lacasapoo any food below premium quality.
Since small dogs don’t eat as much as larger ones, you will find that the quality of the food they consume can have a much more substantial effect on them than it can have on bigger canines.
How Much Exercise Does the Lacasapoo Need?
You may be surprised by how much activity is necessary for this dog breed, though it makes sense when you consider how much food they eat for their small frame.
Around seven miles of exercise per week should be more than enough to ensure that your Lacasapoo remains healthy, though it should be spread out over a few days.
Around 45 minutes of exercise per day should be more than enough for these dogs, but consider that they exercise when they are at home too.
Since a Lacasapoo tends to run around when it is excited, it will get a bit of a workout every time its energy levels spike, which is more often than you would expect.
This is common for smaller dogs, and it is why it is not as crucial that you take them out as often as larger dogs, except to do their business.
Lacasapoo Health and Conditions
So what can you expect from a Lacasapoo health-wise? Unfortunately, this dog breed suffers from a wide range of ailments that vary regarding severity. Let’s see what you may have to face.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Addison’s Disease
- Cushing’s Disease
- Skin conditions
My Final Thoughts on the Lacasapoo
If you want a designer dog breed that is small without the behavioral issues that are present in many small dog breeds, then the Lacasapoo is an excellent choice.
The inclusion of Poodle in this mix goes a long way towards rounding out this dog in the best way possible.
- Lacasapoo Puppies – Before You Buy
- Physical Traits of the Lacasapoo
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Lacasapoo
- The Lacasapoo’s Diet
- Lacasapoo Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Lacasapoo