The Lhasapoo is a breed build for companionship. With a rich, elegant past, this hybrid is bound to be friendly and cute, but also protective.
Will this particular crossbreed has grown incredibly popular, there is still not much information on where it was first bred when it was first bred or the incentives behind this particular combination.
However, to truly understand this canine, we can look at the history of its parent breeds.
The Poodle has origins that date back to ancient Egypt. However, it became popular generations later as a hunting dog in both Germany and France.
Its name derives from ‘Pudel,’ which translates to ‘Puddle’ in German. This relates to the Poodle’s love for swimming, and its main use is to hunt ducks.
The Poodle also comes in miniature and toy sizes, which were used to hunt truffles in the woods.
The Lhasa Apso was a truly royal dog. Hailing from Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was originally only a dog owned by nobility, until the Chinese emperor got his hand on one.
They were used to guard Tibetan monasteries.
With such elegance attached to its name, it is inevitable that the Lhasapoo is going to be an eye turner on the streets.
However, there is more to raising a dog than walking it around. You are going to need to alter your whole life to support this dog. It sounds daunting, but it is more so rewarding.
Throughout this manual, I will detail all the needs and information for you to begin chasing your ambitions of becoming a dog owner.
I will talk about the physical and mental features of the Lhasapoo, as well as costs, life expectancy, size and a flurry of other things.
If you’re a first-time dog owner or a seasoned canine veteran, and you want to learn more about the incredibly amazing Lhasapoo, then scroll down!
Lhasapoo: Before You Buy
There are a plethora of things that you need to consider, contemplate and analyze when purchasing a puppy.
This is a whole new being you’re welcoming into your household that may not look like you but thinks and feels the same.
You need to make a conscious effort to accommodate for this animal to ensure a happy future for your companionship.
Things you need to consider include:
– An area where your puppy to play, rest and stretch. The Lhasapoo isn’t a large dog, therefore will only need a moderate amount of space for this.
– Time for you, or your family member to socialize the dog. Socialising a dog is important, and will need to be done ensure its comfort with humans.
– Colour preference. Look at the possible colors of the Lhasapoo (which will be listed in this guide) and pick the one you’d like the most.
– What gender you want.
– What your preferences are on spaying/neutering.
How much does Lhasapoo cost?
Price is a big part of buying a dog. The costs attached to a puppy can determine what breed, style and size you get, as well as if you want a puppy at all.
With the Lhasapoo, be prepared to put your mind at ease, because this is a relatively cheap breed.
Usually, you will be able to pick up a Lhasapoo puppy for around $350-$400, which is considerably less expensive than most mixed small breeds.
This is around the same price as the Lhasa Apso and significantly cheaper than the $1000 price point of a Poodle.
How do I find a reputable breeder?
Locating an ethical breeder can be one of the hardest parts of buying your first puppy.
There’s a lot of breeders all around the world, with some in it for the love of dogs, and the others looking for quick cash grabs.
The process of a breeder is important, as it can determine life expectancy, behavior and overall health of a puppy. Lucky today, there are things we can analyze to determine a breeder’s ethics.
A breeder should:
- Have a spacious, clean environment where the dogs live until purchase.
- Begin the socialization process for outside world assimilation.
- Have extensive knowledge of the Lhasa Apso, Poodle, and the Lhasapoo.
- Sell the puppies at a price that is similar to the average estimate.
- Assist you with any extra purchases like food, equipment and more.
Three little-known facts about the Lhasapoo
- Due to its Poodle ancestry, the Lhasapoo is often hypoallergenic. This not only means that shedding levels is minimal, but that it is also sensitive to those with allergies.
- While the Lhasapoo may look like a dog that doesn’t want to get its coat wet, it is renowned for its love to swim. Be prepared to be chasing it into the water at rivers, lakes, and beaches!
- Don’t let its fluffy innocence fool you; the Lhasapoo can be cunning and intelligent!
The Physical Traits of the Lhasapoo
The Lhasapoo’s resemblance can differ with each puppy. As a crossbreed, is will inherit traits of both its predecessors, with the stronger familiarity depending on the superior genetics.
While each Lhasapoo may look different, they are all equally adorable.
The Lhasapoo will most often have a rough, yet dense coat that ranges a combination of colors including gray, white, black and cream.
It’ll sport a thin tail and short, stern legs that hold its elegant posture. It will have long ears, eyes that are either brown or hazel, and a nose that is either brown or black.
How big is a full grown Lhasapoo?
The Lhasapoo is considered as a toy-sized designer breed, meaning it is quite small. It is known to grow up to around 11 inches long, with the average size being 9 inches.
This is smaller than the 10-15 inches of a Miniature Poodle, and a similar size to the Lhasa Apso.
Regarding mass, the Lhasapoo is known to weigh around 10-15 pounds, which is quite small.
It will be easy to carry around as well as perfect for lap snuggles. The male is bigger than the female.
What is the life expectancy of the Lhasapoo?
The Lhasapoo will live 12-15 years long, which is in the same ballpark as its parent breeds, and around the average for small sized breeds.
However, the life expectancy of a dog depends on the health and can change depending on the dog’s overall well-being.
It’s incredibly necessary to monitor health and keep a close eye on the Lhasapoo for any signs of illness, to get the most out of its life.
Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Lhasapoo
The Lhasapoo is renowned for being a friendly companion. It is a great addition to the family and is incredibly friendly with both adults and children.
However, training a Lhasapoo can be difficult at first because it can be quite stubborn.
Frequent obedience training is needed to create discipline, and positive reinforcement is required for the training to go smoothly. Lots of pats and snacks will be needed through these trials.
The Lhasapoo is incredibly protective of its family, and tends to bark, making it a great guard dog.
You will need to keep the dog socialized and have someone home at all times, or it can develop anxiety, and become quite yappy and destructive.
The dietary requirements of the Lhasapoo
The Lhasapoo eats the normal amount of food for small breeds, which isn’t much food at all. It will need around 1 cup of food daily, which will cost you around $30 a week.
It is recommended you create a slightly strict regime of dry dog food for the Lhasapoo, as it does struggle to consume meat sometimes.
However, it is ok to feed various meats from time to time. Other foods you could feed the Lhasapoo include fruits, vegetables, grains and fiber-based cereals.
How much exercise does the Lhasapoo need?
The Lhasapoo is a bit of an active dog, but not energetic enough to burn the average owner out. It will need roughly 60 minutes of exercise per day, along with 5 miles of walking per week.
Activities you could do with your Lhasapoo includes frequent walks to the beach, where it can run around and swim.
You could also take it on walks through a national park, or by a lake. It will also enjoy socializing with other canines at the dog park.
However, it is important that you watch it, so it doesn’t run off following a scent. You can also participate in agility training and games like fetch, frisbee and various indoor games.
Health concerns and conditions of the Lhasapoo
The Lhasapoo is a fairly healthy dog, and will only need the occasional trip to the veterinarian for check-ups on the eyes and hips.
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Cushing’s Disease
In conclusion, the Lhasapoo is a great addition to any family.
If you can dedicate the time to socializing and training the Lhasapoo, it will serve as a great companion.
- Lhasapoo: Before You Buy
- How much does Lhasapoo cost?
- How do I find a reputable breeder?
- Three little-known facts about the Lhasapoo
- The Physical Traits of the Lhasapoo
- How big is a full grown Lhasapoo?
- What is the life expectancy of the Lhasapoo?
- Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Lhasapoo
- The dietary requirements of the Lhasapoo
- How much exercise does the Lhasapoo need?
- Health concerns and conditions of the Lhasapoo
- Lhasapoo Conclusion