Will The Lhasapoo Be The One For You?

“Lhasa Apso Poodle Mix”

A Lhasapoo is a mixed breed of a Lhasa Apso and a Poodle (most commonly the miniature type). It is a stout, but sturdy dog with an adorable face. Its height varies, and it weighs anywhere between 10 and 20 pounds. It has a life span of about 12 to 15 years.  It can either have a long, straight fur like the Lhasa Apso, or a short curly one like the Poodle. It comes in a solid or particolored coat, which depends upon the genes it inherited from its parent breeds.

You will find the designer breed a wonderful companion at home since its size is well-suited for homes, even those with space constraitns. If you are looking for a watchdog, it is one among a variety of dog breeds you can consider. The small dog is playful, yet gentle in nature.

What do you need to know about the Lhasapoo’s origin?

A Lhasapoo is a designer dog that is an offspring of two different purebred dogs, the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle. If you are considering having one as your pet, you must take a look at the profiles of its parents first. See the characteristics that it could possibly inherit from them.

The Lhasa Apso

It originated from Tibet about 4000 years ago and was named after a holy city in that place. It is known to be one of the oldest breeds that are recognized in the world. It is primarily trained to be a watchdog.  Its kind was bred exclusively by nobles and monks to serve as guards and protectors. It has a long, coarse hair that comes in any canine color. It has a beard, as well as a mustache that hangs over its head, eyes, and ears. It is about 9 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder. The Lhasapoo might inherit the following from the Lhasa Apso:

  • Hair structure that can either be long and straight, or long and wavy
  • Watchdog traits such as being loyal to its owner and barking at strangers
  • Capability to match their owner’s activity level
  • Stubborn streak in training sometimes

The Poodle

The breed is known to have originated from Germany, but is now popular for its association with France. It was mainly bred to perform in circus shows and to hunt ducks. It has a thick, curly and wiry fur. It comes in solid colors such as black, blue, brown, cream, gray or silver. It can be small to large in size, depending upon its classification as a poodle (toy/miniature/standard).

 The cross breed might inherit the following from the Poodle:

  • Hair structure that can be short and curly
  • Playful, friendly and snuggly character traits
  • Fairly easy to train due to its intelligence
  • Watchdog character traits

What about the designer dog’s temperament?

The Lhasapoo is friendly and cuddly. It can be very affectionate to you as the owner, and to the other family members as well. But, the dog can also be suspicious and yappy to strangers. It craves for attention and likes to snuggle. It is a dog breed that you will surely love since it can be very friendly to children and other pets, but of course under certain conditions.

You can see it calm and relaxed when indoors with you, but you can expect that it will demand to be around you all the time. It’s a dog breed that doesn’t like to be alone, but would understand the need for you to go to work, when you train it properly. Taking this dog out for a walk requires some considerations when it comes to weather and temperature. It is uncomfortable for your furry companion to walk outside when it is too cold or wet.

How should you train your puppy?

Physical/Health Training

  • The Lhasapoo needs a good walk everyday to keep it in a happy mood and in a good health. It is naturally playful and active, so it will also need some playtime whether indoors or outdoors.
  • It must be trained as early as possible through reward or praise system in order to get used to some daily routines, and to develop its social skills. It also needs training to be develop discipline.
  • Adaptability/Social Training
  • The breed can get along well with children and other animals as long as you expose your puppy to them at an early age.

Training a Lhasapoo takes hardwork, patience, and positivity. It is smart by nature, but it can be stubborn at times. So, you really need to be patient and calm. The best time to train your dog is as young as eight weeks. It is not easy to train a puppy, but you would definitely be rewarded once it grows up into a disciplined adult. You will have a long-time and well-trained companion if you succeed.

What are the possible health concerns you might encounter?

The Lhasapoo might be prone to health problems that are common to any or both of its purebred parents such as eye problems, kidney problems, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, SA, Addison’s disease, Cushings disease, Legg-Perthes disease, Von Willebrand’s disease, hips dysplasia and allergies. However, there are ways you can reduce the possibility of these health problems caused by the genetic breeding of its parents.

Not all inherited health problems can be detected easily in a growing puppy. Therefore, you must secure a health certification from the breeder that the parents of the dog are healthy and disease-free. If he can’t provide you one, then don’t buy it.

Keep in mind that maintaining your furry friend’s normal weight is one of the easiest ways to prolong its life. Give your dog a healthy diet and proper exercise to ensure its health. Do not forget to seek the veterinarian’s advice about the best brand of dog food for your pet.

How much grooming does your puppy need?

Grooming your pet depends on the type of coat it inherited from its parents. It can be like the Lhasa Apso’s which is long and wavy or straight, or like the Poodle’s which is short and curly. It requires daily brushing in order to maintain a healthy mane. Daily bathing is not necessary because it will only dry out its skin. Shampoo your dog at most once a month.

You must do a frequent ear check and weekly cleaning to avoid wax infection. Aside from that, nail cutting must be done when its nails get quite long.  Brushing its teeth at least two to three times a week must be done as well. Its face or eye-area must be wiped down gently with a warm, damp cloth every day because its eyes often shed tears.

How much does it cost to own one?

If you desire to own a Lhasapoo, you must get your pocket book ready. It is quite expensive to own such a dog breed because it has a high demand on the designer market, and it is getting more popular as time goes by. Buying one will cost you about $4000 to $10,000. Apart from that, you must spend money for other essential expenses such medical, grooming, food, license, training and pet insurance. It will cost you from $360 to $1325 yearly.

 

Having a pet is an exciting thing. It’s like welcoming a new member of your family. Therefore, it’s really very important to get to know what kind of pet you are going to take care of. Pet ownership is not just a hobby; it is a responsibility as well. Hope you’ll find this information helpful in taking good care of a Lhasapoo.

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