Type: Cross Breed
Weight: 12-17 pounds
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Activity: High – energetic and a bit demanding at times.
Watch-dog: High – Will bark and protect at all costs.
Guard-dog: High – Probably cannot stop a purse-snatcher, but will do her best to sound the alarm to protect her master!
Description: A Lhasapoo is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Lhasa Apso and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the the Poodle's nonshedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. Lhasapoos are described as frivolous, bold and a bit of a guard dog, yet an adoring lapdog, fluffy and sweet. They'll masquerade as a tough character, but in reality won’t really be able to take on anyone. They will not cower away and will try their best to protect their master. Lhasapoo is actually quite the glamour dog, smart and feisty at times, but sometimes tries to figure out to creatively disobey commands. They will fully give their heart to the chosen few, but they will still hold back on affection. Lhasapoos are quite active and loves to play, running and romping, but not fetching. This breed can be hypoallergenic, since it is bred with a Poodle, known to be a good breed for allergy sufferers.
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Colors: White, cream, sable, black – bright solids or bold patterns
Coat: Low shedding, long and lush coats that require high maintenance.
Temperament: Tough-dog temperament, a bit sassy, yet sweet and playful.
Special Skills: Companion
Care and Training: Coat is high-maintenance and needs daily brushing and regular grooming. Lhasapoos need regular walks and playtime to stay healthy. Easier to train that Lhasa Apso parents because of higher intelligence.
Learning Rate: High – Very intelligent, but clever in avoiding commands.
Special Needs: Grooming
Living Environment: Fenced yard, leash, socialization, and training.