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Everything you need to know about the Lhasapoo dog

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The lhasapoo, or lhasa-poo, is a cross breed of the poodle and the Lhasa Apso. They are small and playful, but pack a fearful bark if they sense their family is under threat! This is why they are so popular among the elderly, and among families with young children.

By G. John Cole

Origins and history of the Lhasapoo

Nobody knows much about the origins of the mixed breed. We know more about its parents, though.

The lhasa apso is a historic Tibetan pet, and poodles are a centuries-old mix of European water dogs an the extinct African Barbet.

The lhasapoo dog is not too demanding. They are happy to play at home and go for just a regular daily walk and occasional trip to the park (or the beach!).

  • Life expectancy: 10-15 years
  • Personality: intelligent, playful, loyal
  • Size: small
  • Type of hair: From curly/thick to straight/long, it depends on mix
  • Price: between £400 and £600
  • Category: Cross breed

Physical characteristics of this cross

The lhasapoo’s appearance depends greatly on the balance of poodle and lhasa apso that is found. But you can be sure it will be small enough to carry for short distances. Its legs are short, its tail is long, and its ears are also long without being truly floppy.

The lhasapoo’s hair is unlikely to cause allergic reactions in humans. Their fur will be a combination of white, black, brown, and tan. The length and curliness of its hair will depend on the balance of the breeds in each individual.

Its eyes will probably be hazel-coloured.

Adult size: 9-13 inches
Weight: 10-20lbs

Personality of the crossbreed

Like any crossbreed, the personality of a lhasapoo will depend how much of its mother or father breed it inherits!

The poodle is an intelligent, enthusiastic dog. It’s not nearly as ‘precious’ in its behaviour as it is portrayed in films and TV! It’s easy to train a poodle, and you’ll find it friendly and eager to please. The poodle is more playful than the lhasa apso.

The lhasa apso is also an intelligent dog, but more serene. It has a terrific sense of humour and is very friendly among family. The lhasa apso may, however, be more reserved among strangers.

Both the lhasa apso and the poodle tend to be proud and dignified creatures, so you can expect your lhasapoo to be likewise. That pride can extend to stubbornness if the dog follows its lhasa apso side. And here’s an unexpected lhasapoo fact: they love to swim!


Llasapoos are quite healthy dogs, but may suffer from any of the ailments characteristic to poodles or lhasa apsos.

Common illnesses that a lhasapoo may inherit from one or both of its parent breeds include: allergies, patellar luxation, kidney problems, Addison’s disease, Cushings Disease, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Parthes Disease, Von Willebrand’s disease, and hip dysplasia.

Feeding guidelines

The lhasapoo needs around one cup of dry dog food per day, divided over two meals. It may struggle with meat, so dry dog food is likely to make up most of its diet. You can keep things interesting for your lhasapoo with occasional meat, fruits, and vegetables.


The lhasapoo does not really moult, so hairloss is not an issue. However, some owners prefer to have their dog clipped as it may make it easier to keep a lhasapoo clean and hygienic.

If you choose not to clip its coat, you should brush your lhasapoo daily. If its hair has been clipped, weekly brushing will do.

Trim its nails every fortnight, or if you hear its claws tap on the floor. You should brush its teeth daily if possible.


The stubborn lhasa apso side of the lhasapoo can make the creature a bit difficult to train. It’s a friendly dog but may resist your instructions. Be sure to use plenty of positive reinforcement when training your lhasapoo, for example by stroking it or giving it snacks when it does what you ask.

Lhasapoo puppies

Lhasapoo puppies aren’t very big, so they don’t need an enormous amount of space. However, they are more energetic than they look, so it’s worth keeping an eye to make sure your puppy isn’t getting into trouble. As with any young dog, you and your family need to put time aside to socialise with the puppy so that it grows up into a warm and trusting dog.

The lhasapoo seems, at first glance, to be a bit of a prince among dogs. But your lhasa apso-poodle crossbreed will probably be a friendly and down-to-earth sort of a hound. Treat him well and be prepared for a unique mix of the two breeds, and you can lead a fine life with your lhasapoo.

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