Lhasa-Poo puppies are adorable, and it’s one of the reasons they are so popular. The Lhasa-Poo, also called a Lhasadoodle, is a very cute cross between the Lhasa Apso and Poodle breeds. Since it is bred between the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle, it could inherit either a straight silky coat or a curly coat and can come in a variety of colors including white, black, brown, cream, apricot, or any combination thereof. It is also important to brush the coat about twice a week to avoid matting and the dog should be groomed by a professional about once every six months to avoid tangling.
The Lhasa-Poo also has a sturdy body, alert face, small round head, almond-shaped eyes, short legs, and hanging ears. The Lhasa-Poo is not a purebred dog, but a hybrid mix. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generational crosses.
The Lhasa-Poo is an intelligent and affectionate breed with a tendency to please their owners; which makes training and picking up tricks easy. It is also an alert breed and can make a good watchdog. Like all dogs, if socialized from a young age the Lhasa-Poo will be great with other pets and children.
The Lhasapoo is an adorable little dog and combines the best of two fabulous breeds. You never know for sure what you’re going to get in a mixed breed dog but the Lhasapoo is a friendly and super affectionate dog, although some may have the suspicious nature of the Lhasa Apso, whose original purpose was to serve as a temple watchdog.
Lhasapoos generally weigh 10 pounds to 20 pounds, making them a comfortable size for most homes. They are excellent watchdogs but can be on the yappy side. They also have a quick mind, making them highly trainable and very smart – that comes from the Poodle breed in them.
Lhasapoos have a moderate activity level and adapt easily to their owners’ lifestyles. They need a nice walk or active playtime each day, and if you’re interested (and the dog’s overall health is good), they are athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, obedience, and rally.
Both breeds used to create Lhasapoos (Lhasa Apso and Poodle) tend to be smart and learn quickly. If you begin socialization and training early and use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play, and food rewards, you’ll have a wonderful companion.
Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning that they can be tolerated by people who have allergies to dogs. Thus, Lhasapoos are sometimes promoted as being hypoallergenic. But allergies are caused not by a particular dog coat type but by dander, the dead skin cells shed by all dogs. There is no scientific evidence that any breed or crossbreed is more or less allergenic than any other dog. Some people with allergies react less severely to particular dogs, but no reputable breeder will guarantee that their dogs are hypoallergenic. There are just certain dogs, like this breed, that are generally less harsh on owners with allergies.
Being a small breed, the Lhasa-Poo only requires just an average amount of daily exercise; such as routine walks.
It is also important to brush the coat about twice a week to avoid matting and groomed by a professional about once every six months to avoid tangling.
Lhasapoos are companion dogs. They love their people and need to live in the house, never outdoors. They are fine for apartments too as long as you keep the dog active with a daily walk or playtime.
Other Cute Facts
- Lhasapoos come in many coat colors and patterns, depending on the genes they inherit.
- Most Lhasapoos are best suited to homes with older children who understand how to behave around dogs.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry
Average Weight: 10-20 lbs.
Personality Traits: Intelligent, loyal, affectionate
Country of Origin: United States
Coat: Straight or curly