The Lhasalier: A Complete Guide

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The Lhasalier is a very rare hybrid. It is the combination of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the Lhasa Apso.

Both dogs have a rich history and are prized for their loyalty as companions. If you are lucky enough to find a Lhasalier, then you will be rewarded with one of the cutest and most loyal house pets that you can find.

A Lhasalier on the sand
The Lhasaliers are very protective of their human families.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred in England during the 1800s.

They were meant to be a companion to royalty. At this point in history, the King Charles Spaniel was favored by the wealthy for their prowess as a hunting dog.

Eventually, however, somebody decided that a smaller version should be bred for the noble ladies and children to play with.

Thus the adorable, loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel came into being.

These dogs are known for being fun-loving, joyful companions.

The Lhasa Apso has a very different history, however. They were originally bred to guard the inner sanctum of Buddhist monasteries.

They are believed to be a close relative of the Shih Tzu which served as guards for the monastery’s outer grounds.

Because of their history as a guard dog, these highly intelligent dogs have a keen sense of hearing and sight. It is hard for anything to escape their attention.

Today they serve more as show dogs. They are prized for their long, beautiful hair.

With both of these dogs as parents, the Lhasalier proves to be quite an interesting hybrid. Their looks will easily fool you.

They look like the type of dog that one would expect to be a low-energy lap dog. However, these little canines have tons of energy and can run around all day.

They are excellent guard dogs, as they are very wary of strangers. They have a distinctive bark that is very hard to ignore.

The Lhasalier is known for developing very close bonds with their human companions, and they will be very protective of them.

They are very loving towards their family but can be equally aggressive towards anybody who they don’t know and see as a threat.

Lhasalier Puppies – Before You Buy…

Although the Lhasalier can be a perfect pet for some, others will find them to be quite a handful.

They have lots of energy and will need to be in an environment where they can get plenty of exercise.

Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions by first-time Lhasalier owners.

What Price are Lhasalier Puppies?

These little puppies can fetch quite a high price. Both of the parent breeds are prized for their showmanship and can cost upwards of $1,300. Also, both of these dogs have relatively small litters.

Looking at both of these factors, along with the rarity of the hybrid breed, you’re looking at paying at least $1,000 for a Lhasalier puppy.

If the parents come from a high-end breeder, then you can expect to pay close to $1,500.

How to Find Reputable Lhasalier Breeders?

As puppies, these little dogs are easily confused with other small dogs that are in the toy dog categories.

Since the Lhasalier is a very expensive puppy, you should definitely check the pedigree of both of the parents before investing money into this dog.

Unfortunately, when it comes to expensive small dogs like this, there are quite a few dishonest breeders who will try to put an exorbitant price on one of these puppies.

If you want to find a reputable breeder, it’s best to visit small-scale breeders who live in a city that caters to high-end clientele.

These breeders have a reputation to maintain and will be far less likely to deceive you.

3 Little-known facts about Lhasalier puppies

  1. These small dogs are very protective of their human families and are very wary of strangers.
  2. Despite the fact that the Lhasalier looks like a lapdog, they have incredibly high energy levels and will have no problem keeping up with you on your neighborhood jogs.
  3. These puppies can handle isolation for short periods of time, but they need to see their owners for at least a few hours a day to remain happy.

Physical Traits of the Lhasalier

These dogs look a lot like small Poodle crosses and are often confused for toy Poodles. The feature that distinguishes them the most is their eyebrows.

The Lhasalier has very defined and expressive eyebrows. They flare out to the sides as if some artist put them there with a stroke of calligraphy.

They get this feature from the Lhasa Apso, which are known for having a full face of hair that obscures most of their facial features.

A black and white Lhasalier
The Lhasaliers are often shorter than 12 inches.

The Lhasalier has the body of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

It has short, squat legs, and a lean, streamlined torso. They also share the same head as the Spaniel.

The snout is long, and the lips droop a bit. The ears hang loosely by the sides of their head.

The main physical feature that these dogs get from the Lhasa Apso is their eyes and tails.

The Lhasalier has a very short, fluffy tail that has an upward flare to it. These dogs almost always have an excited and happy look to them.

Their fur usually grows thick and wavy. This means that it can be an effort to groom them at times. Their coat can have a wide range of colors depending on which dog parent they inherit the most from.

The most common colors to see are grey and silver with white spotting, but red and fawn colors are also commonly found in the Lhasalier.

How Big is a Full-Grown Lhasalier?

The Lhasalier tends to be a very small dog. It is very rare to find one that weighs more than 15 pounds. This is because both of the parent breeds are very tiny dogs.

Looking at their height, these dogs are usually around 12 inches tall. Their tiny frame means that they can easily adapt to smaller houses and apartments.

However, it’s important to make sure that they still get plenty of outdoor exercise.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Lhasalier?

For a small dog, the Lhasalier has quite a long life expectancy. They can easily live into their late teens.

This is due to the genes that they inherit from the Lhasa Apso, which have been known for their longevity.

Some say that this is a blessed from the Buddhist monks that originally bred them, but it is most likely because they live very healthy lives that are generally free from disease or heavy impacts that would damage their bones.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Lhasalier

These dogs are very intelligent. If you are willing to put in the time, they can be trained to do just about any trick you could ask of them.

Their high energy levels and agile bodies mean that they will be more than happy to participate in any activities that you may have planned for them.

These dogs have a very interesting temperament. Unlike most small house dogs who have a generally reserved temper, the Lhasalier can be very feisty.

This is due to the genes that they inherit from the Lhasa Apso which were traditionally used to guard the Buddhist monasteries in China.

As a result, these dogs will form very close bonds with their family but will be very wary of any strangers.

Until they have met and become fully acquainted with your friends, they will still treat them with a certain degree of hostility.

This also makes it very important to introduce them and two families and their puppyhood.

If they grow up around certain people as puppies, then they will be far more trusting of them and their later life.

Unfortunately, this is not a good dog to adopt second hand. They will never fully trust their second owners, and their loyalties will always lie with their first masters.

However, despite their fiery personalities, the Lhasalier can be a very loving dog. They love being included, and family activities and nothing makes them happier than cuddling up to their favorite humans on a sofa or sleeping in bed with them.

The Lhasalier’s Diet

A Lhasalier sitting on the grass
The Lhasaliers were originally bred by the Buddhist monks.

Although these dogs are very small, they spend a significant amount of time running around and playing.

They will need a cup-and-a-half of food per day. If they are on the larger side, then you can give them 2 cups.

They are the happiest when they are fed twice a day; one in the morning, and once in the late evening.

How Much Exercise Does a Lhasalier Need?

These dogs need a lot of exercise.

Both of the parent dogs maintained an active, playful lifestyle, and this has translated into the hybrid Lhasalier.

You will need to make sure that your dog gets at least 30 minutes a day of outdoor activity.

Lhasalier Health and Conditions

Unfortunately, these dogs can develop quite a few health issues in their later lives.

This is due mostly to their Spaniel heritage which is infamous for developing problems with their ears, nose, and eyes.

If you own a Lhasalier, then plan on scheduling visits to the vet at least 3 or 4 times a year.

Final Thoughts on the LhasalierA Lhasalier resting on the floor

If you have the money to invest upfront and are willing to pay for the medical costs as they arise, then the Lhasalier can make a great addition to your family.

They are fun, loving, and loyal. Their naturally protective nature also means that they are great with kids.

The important thing to remember is that they are in an environment where they can get plenty of exercise.

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