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  • Activity Level: moderate
  • Grooming Level: high
  • Trainability: moderate
  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Prey Drive: moderate
  • Watchdog: very alert

Lhasa Apso Mix Dog Breed Information

Overview

Temperament

Adaptability

Health

Owner Experience

Grooming

Activity Level

Size

Life Span

A Lhasa Apso Mix is a cross between a Lhasa Apso and another dog breed. Because a mix can inherit any combination of traits from their parents, it’s important to ask the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix.

If a Lhasa Apso Mix takes after their Lhasa Apso parent, they will be a small, affectionate companion dog. They thrive on attention and tend to have big personalities.

The Lhasa Apso is an intelligent dog with a lot of confidence and a big personality with a comical twist. Because they love attention, they sometimes do comedic and silly things to get it.

In addition to amusing their families, they also love to cuddle and spend time around them. These little dogs tend to get along well with children and other pets. They tend to be more reserved with strangers, but will warm up once introduced.

If the other parent breed is similar, then you can expect a similar temperament from a Lhasa Apso Mix. You can also meet the mother in person to see what her temperament is like and the behavior she is modeling for her pups.

Lhasa Apsos are highly adaptable dogs that do well in apartments as well as larger homes. They are sensitive to heat and very cold temperatures. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time and can be prone to developing separation anxiety.

If the other parent breed is also highly adaptable, then you can expect a Lhasa Apso Mix to be as well. You still want to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed because they will introduce their own quirks that you will want to be aware of.

Although mixed-breed dogs can sometimes be healthier than purebred dogs, it’s not a guarantee, and good breeding practices make a huge difference. From the Lhasa Apso side, potential health concerns to be aware of in a Lhasa Apso Mix include cherry eye, dry eye, kidney dysfunction, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip dysplasia.

Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues to puppies. So, make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests or clearances that have been done.

As a small dog breed, a Lhasa Apso Mix is prone to gum diseases, tooth decay, and other dental diseases, so it’s important to practice good dental care for dogs throughout their life.

Lhasa Apsos are intelligent dogs. They pick up on things quickly, which makes them highly trainable. But, they tend to be eager to please when it suits them and they can have a stubborn streak. This can sometimes be a challenge for first-time dog owners.

The other parent breed could make a Lhasa Apso Mix easier or more difficult to train. Because of this, it’s a good idea to be prepared to enroll in puppy training classes. There are also many benefits of puppy training classes aside from training, so they tend to be a good idea anyway.

A Lhasa Apso Mix can inherit a coat similar to one of their parents or a coat that is a mix of both of them. If they inherit the Lhasa Apso coat, they will be low-shedding, but their coat will require a lot of maintenance, especially if it’s kept in a longer clip.

A long clip needs daily brushing, bathing every two weeks, and grooming every 4-6 weeks. A short “puppy cut” requires brushing a few times a week, grooming every 4-6 weeks, and a bath or two in between grooming visits.

In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Lhasa Apso Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Your dog groomer will be able to help take care of some of this during visits, but you will still need to do maintenance between visits at home.

Cutting nails once or twice a month keeps them from growing too long. Weekly ear checks, and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed, can help prevent ear infections. Daily brushing with dog-friendly toothpaste and cleanings at the vet as needed helps prevent dental diseases later in life.

Lhasa Apsos sit in a moderate activity range. Daily walks plus some extra activities throughout the day are usually enough for them. But, they’ll likely be up for more activity if it means spending more time with you. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they are not overheating or overexerting themselves trying to keep up with you and be prepared to carry them if you need to.

If the other parent breed also sits in a moderate activity range, then you can expect the same from a Lhasa Apso Mix. If the other parent breed is lower or higher energy, then you will need to be prepared for that potential in a mix.

Fully-grown Lhasa Apsos usually stand 9-11 inches tall and weigh 12-18 pounds. The other parent breed can have a big effect on this, especially if they are the mother. Although it’s not a guarantee, you can meet the mother in person to see what size to expect in a fully-grown Lhasa Apso Mix.

A Lhasa Apso generally lives for 12-15 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you should be able to expect a similar average life span in a Lhasa Apso Mix.