The Lha-Cocker: A Complete Guide

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So, you are looking for a dog that is primarily family-oriented, protective when there are kids involved, and intelligent and with an easy-going nature?

Lha Cocker is exactly the breed you need.

This energetic and cheerful dog is quite easy to train and can be a great nanny for the kids, despite his docile appearance.

He can also be a great jogging partner, but also an excellent guard and watchdog.

But, how can you be sure that this dog is the perfect match for your needs?

How can you be sure that the puppy you buy comes with all the good traits of the breed?

You need to do your homework and get to know this breed “down to the last bone”.

And, to help you save time, we’ve decided to come up with this in-depth guide and show you what these dogs are really about.

But first let’s take a look at some really important things you should know before buying the puppy, such as the price, and how to find a breeder that stands behind his dogs and guarantees that they are truly high-quality.

The Lha Cocker Puppies – Before You Buy…

A close up of a Lha Cocker's face
The Lha Cocker loves being an actively included family member.

Before buying a puppy, there are three things you need to know.

As we mentioned above, the first two are the price tag and how to find a reputable breeder, while the third one are little-known facts that will help you make sure you are fully aware of what you are getting into by living with this puppy.

What price are the Lha Cocker puppies?

For a healthy, high-quality pup from a reputable breeder, with all the necessary paperwork and proof of origin and good genetic heritage, the price you should be ready to pay goes from $800 to $1300.

Of course, you will find cheaper deals online, but those are most likely backyard breeders or puppy mills, and their pups are in bag health shape and problematic temperament.

How to find reputable Lha Cocker breeders?

Since this is a hybrid breed, careful selection of genes is crucial for the quality of the litter.

The official standard for this breed says that the Lha Cocker should take more from its Cocker side (both the looks and the character).

The puppy should have a fine, long hair with a thick undercoat, droopy ears, a square head, and an overall happy attitude.

Now, for some, becoming a Lha Cocker breeder is simple. All you would need is one Lhasa Apso and one American Cocker Spaniel, right?

And, the litter will be of great quality, with the pups completely healthy and cheerful and immediately ready for sale…

Unfortunately, some people think that way and that is how you get backyard breeders, people who know little about the breed and even less about the breeding process and have pups that are usually with inherited genetic problems.

Or, on the other hand, you have people who couldn’t care less about the genes and the quality and are just interested in “printing out” as many pups as possible, with minimum investment.

This means horrible living conditions, malnourished dogs, pups in bad health shape, a plethora of genetic issues, and completely unpredictable temperament.

So, if you want to avoid all this horror, look for experienced breeders that are interested in taking the best genetic material from both breeds, and coming up with pups that are better than the parent breeds in all possible ways.

Such breeders are in most cases found by recommendation from either a friend or an animal shelter, or the breed’s official association (if it exists).

And, from such a reputable breeder, you can only expect high to premium-quality puppies, with every single piece of proof that the puppy you buy from them, is worth every cent of the price.

A full insight into the breed’s medical history, the pup’s vaccination calendar, health clearances for both parents, great recommendations, and a generally positive approach and willingness to help you out in finding a perfect puppy for you.

This is what you should be looking for and not settle for less.

3 Little-known facts about the Lha Cocker puppies

Here are the 3 little-known-fact about the puppies of this breed. Hopefully, they will give you a better idea of what living with them means.

  • They need regular brushing

Their coat is thick and curly, and they tend to have their locks tangled.

So, if you don’t want your puppy to grow dreadlocks, regular brushing will be required.

  • They can be difficult to housebreak

Despite their intelligence, Lha Cockers can be difficult to housebreak and you will need patience and consistency to get him used to house rules.

  • They are not that patient with small kids

With older kids, your dog will not have a problem whatsoever. But when it comes to toddlers, they rough play will not be tolerated so it’s better to keep the littlest ones away until they learn how to behave around a dog.

Physical Traits of the Lha Cocker

A black and white Lha Cocker
The Lha Cocker is known for having good health.

In this section of our guide, we will talk about the size and life expectancy of this breed. A little hint, they have a nice life expectancy.

How big is a full-grown Lha Cocker?

When it comes to size, Lha Cockers have a height range that goes from 10 to 13 inches. As you can see, they are not that big, but they do have a big heart.

As for the weight, they tend to be a bit robust, and their weight ranges from 15 to 25 pounds.

So, not quite ideal to carry around in your arms, aren’t they?

What is the life expectancy of the Lha Cocker?

As we have hinted above, Lha Cocker’s lifespan is quite promising as they can live up to 16-17 years.

You see, there’s no need to worry about your dog leaving the family too soon. On the contrary, you will all have plenty of time to create wonderful memories and fill a few family photo albums.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Lha Cocker

For your Lha Cocker puppy, it would be best if he grew up with other animals in your household so that he can have proper socialization right from the start.

This breed tends to be overprotective of their family, so they can be hard on other dogs, or animals they don’t know.

The same goes for strangers. They will be suspicious of them and always keep an eye on them, even if you let him know that this is a friend and that he is welcome here.

Also, these dogs are not ideal for families that have small kids, because they don’t like how toddlers aren’t aware of their strength, and how they play rough, and they can easily snap at them if they feel threatened.

On the other hand, with older kids that know how to behave around dogs, Lha Cocker will be relaxed and even spend hours playing with them.

Furthermore, Lha Cocker is a barker and if you don’t let him know right from the start that not every falling leaf and bird are enemies that are coming to get him and the family, he will develop this annoying habit and bark more than you would want him to.

But, in the end, if your Lha Cocker is properly trained and well socialized from his puppy day, he will tone down the negative traits and highlight the ones that made you fall in love with this breed in the first place.

He will be affectionate, loyal, protective, and just be happy to be around you and be included in everything the family does.

Lha Cocker Diet

A Lha Cocker sleeping on an armchair
You need a lot of patience with the Lha Cocker.

Lha Cocker dogs do well on a diet that includes high-quality commercial dog food.

You can opt for homemade food, but that takes too much time and money, and you need to be careful with the calories and the nutrient balance.

Therefore, it’s much easier and better for your dog to feed him with food that has been balanced by experts and specially formulated for each stage of your dog’s life.

As for the food amount per day, your Lha Cocker will do great with one and a half cup of high-quality dog food, whether dry or canned.

How much Exercise does a Lha Cocker need?

Your Lha Cocker is not a high energy level dog and his exercise requirements aren’t brutal, don’t worry.

But, he will need regular walks, at least half an hour twice a day. And these walks should be combined with another half-an-hour of training such as obedience and agility.

These dogs love being in the spotlight so games such as hide and seek and fetch will be his favorite part of the training.

And, they love swimming, so if you get a chance, make sure you take him to the local lake so that he can stretch all of his muscles and come back home tired and ready to hit the sack.

The Lha Cocker Health and Conditions

This breed is known for having good health.

Unfortunately, like with every other dog breed on this planet, there are certain health issues that bother these dogs from time to time.

With your Lha Cocker, you need to be aware of the following health issues:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Ear Infections
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Retinal Dysplasia

And, don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that your dog will suffer from these problems, but it’s a way to know what to possibly expect and act accordingly if the need ever arises.

My final thoughts on the Lha CockerA black Lha Cocker looking at you

The health section marks the end of our Lha Cocker guide, and by now, we hope that you have a much better knowledge of the breed.

You can start the puppy search process with less stress as you now know how to recognize a high-quality puppy, and how to find a reputable breeder that guarantees that what you get, is really what you paid for.

But, it doesn’t hurt to remind you that this breed even though family-oriented, has a problem with tolerating small kids.

So, if you have toddlers, this might not be the right breed for you, or at least till the kids are a bit older and know how to behave around a dog that doesn’t like rough play.

Training, in general, shouldn’t be a problem due to the high intelligence levels of the breed.

But housebreaking can be a completely different story.

In both cases, you need to have patience, have a positive attitude and use positive reinforcement and praise instead of harsh treatment.

Your Lha Cocker is a sensitive soul and he won’t forget if you treat him bad during the training.

But, when all falls into place and your dog is properly trained and socialized, you will be amazed how well-behaving he is, and how great he gets along with other dogs in the dog park or the neighborhood.

After all, his purpose is to be beside his family and be a role model that has nice manners and loves being an actively included family member.

That’s it for today’s guide.

We hope that it helped you in making a perfect choice, and feel free to share it on social media so that your friends can see how great this breed can be with just a little patience and effort.

Thank you for sticking with us to the end!

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