Lhasapoo Overview

Parent Breeds:
Lhasa Apso & Poodle
Breed Nickname:
9 to 13 inches
10 to 15 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 15 years
Coat Colors:
Black, brown, gray, white, cream, and apricot.

Lhasapoo Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Lhasapoo

What Is A Lhasa Apso Poodle Mix called?

When a Lhasa Apso is mixed with a Poodle, the offspring is called Lhasapoo. They can also be referred to as a Lhasadoodle, or simply a Lhasa Apso Poodle Mix.

These dogs are loyal, intelligent, and playful. They bring the best qualities from both parent breeds and make a lovely new breed. However, these dogs can be protective of their owners and they’re not the best for novice owners.

Keep reading to learn more about the Lhasapoo from our ultimate guide!

Lhasapoo Breed History

  • First bred between the 90s and 2000s.

  • Bred to minimize breathing issues and high shedding rates.

  • Both parent breeds have noble backgrounds.

The Lhasapoo was first intentionally bred between the 1990s and 2000s, most likely in the USA. This is when the majority of designer breeds were created due to the staggering increase in demand. More owners were wanting hybrid dogs due to the minimized health risks.

Not to mention, they’re adorable!

In regards to the Lhasapoo, breeders mixed the hypoallergenic Poodle with Lhasa Apso to minimize breathing issues from the latter’s short snout.

This new breed would also be low shedding, so allergy sufferers could own one without an issue.

Once the Lhasapoo hit the breeding market, their demand steadily rose.

The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet where they were owned exclusively by noble families. The only way to own this breed was to be gifted one by the Dalai Lama – and this didn’t happen very often.

Poodles have been a staple in regal history for decades, originally used for hunting but quickly becoming a lapdog for the noblest European families. They even became the national dog of France.

Lhasapoo Personality & Temperament

  • Very protective of their owners.

  • Can be wary around new people and other pets.

  • Are known for being vocal and yappy.

Lhasapoos are loyal and protective of their owners, and they’re also very eager to please. They have often been used as guard dogs, so they can be yappy and assertive when needed.

However, this dog also loves to snuggle on the couch after a long day.

Lhasapoos need to be introduced to new people slowly so that they don’t get overprotective when a new person comes into your home. Early socialization can help with this and make them friendlier around strangers.

This dog does fine around children as long as they have been properly socialized, but we wouldn’t recommend keeping them in a family with children.

The Lhasapoo likes all of its owners’ attention, so children might be seen as a competitor.

Lhasapoo Health

  • Can inherit health concerns from parents.

  • Regular vet checkups are important to keep your dog healthy.

  • Look out for breathing problems.

The Lhasapoo is prone to inheriting some of the health conditions its parent breeds suffer from.

Purebred dogs, such as the Poodle and Lhasa Apso, have a long history of inbreeding and overbreeding. This makes them more likely to suffer from numerous health issues.

However, mixed breeding minimizes the risk of these illnesses rearing their heads.

While this is good news, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any concerns you should know about when it comes to owning a Lhasapoo. Here are some of the major ones:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Eye Issues, such as Cataracts and Lens Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Kidney Issues
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Hypothyroidism

Lhasapoos might also have allergies, so it’s important to keep an eye out for symptoms after eating meals. If your dog does have allergies, swapping out its food can help alleviate these symptoms.

As the Lhasa Apso has a snort snout and therefore can develop breathing difficulties, there is a chance that the Lhasapoo will also inherit this.

Mixing them with a Poodle should lengthen their snout to prevent these issues, but keep an eye on their breathing and consult a vet if you’re worried.

Lhasapoo Training

  • People-pleasing dogs are easier to train.

  • Can inherit a stubborn streak from parent breeds.

  • Very driven by food rewards.

Lhasapoos love pleasing their owners and they’re intelligent dogs, so they can be trained quickly – when they’re willing to cooperate.

These dogs also have a stubborn streak which can make training difficult and frustrating.

However, Lhasapoos are very driven by food, so training with positive reinforcement and treats can make it a much more enjoyable experience for both of you.

As these dogs have plenty of energy, training throughout the day is a good way to burn this energy off.

Lhasapoo Exercise Requirements

  • People-pleasing dogs are easier to train.

  • Can inherit a stubborn streak from parent breeds.

  • Very driven by food rewards.

The Lhasapoo is a very energetic dog, but this doesn’t mean that they’re active. They like to keep busy and will turn to destructive behaviors if they get too bored.

Keep lots of chew toys around them at all times when at home, and take them on lots of short walks.

Offer them around 60 minutes of exercise time a day, but this doesn’t mean only walks. Playtime and training can also contribute to this exercise time.

These dogs are best suited to single households where their owner is home for the majority of the day. They do well with seniors as they also love long cuddles on the couch.

Lhasapoo Diet & Feeding

  • Feed them kibble formulated for medium dogs.

  • Only offer them enough food for their current weight.

Look for food formulated for small to medium-sized dogs with medium energy levels.

While this dog isn’t prone to gaining weight quickly, you should still stick to a strict feeding schedule to prevent them from over-eating.

Always consult your vet if you’re unsure of how much food to feed your dog. They’ll be able to tell you the dog’s weight so that you can feed them the correct amount for their body weight.

As their weight will change throughout their life, you’ll need to get them weighed every year.

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Lhasapoo Cost

  • Costs between $400 and $1,000.

  • Ongoing costs include grooming, food, and toys.

Like the majority of designer dog breeds, the Lhasapoo can be expensive.

You’ll often see them priced between $400 and $1,000, although this could be higher or lower depending on the location and reputation of the breeder.

Ongoing costs include vet bills, insurance, food, and lots of chew toys. Grooming appointments will increase the ongoing costs considerably, so this is something to consider before welcoming a Lhasapoo into your family.