Most of us have heard of the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle breeds, but what do you get when you cross the two? You get one of the most amazing new dog breeds on the planet, and it’s called a Lhasapoo. This special little dog is fairly new to the world but it’s making a big impression for fans of both breed types. To give them the attention that they deserve, here are ten things that you didn’t know about the Lhasapoo.
1. Breeders never know what the coat will be like
Because of the combined genes of the Poodle, with tight curly hair, a Lhasapoo may come out with the same type of coat. There are no guarantees though. Some take after their Lhasa Apso parent and have a coat of long, straight hair, while others are born with a mixture of the two.
2. The coloring is wonderfully diverse
One of the most special things about this breed of dog is that they come in a wide range of colors and color combinations. Some of them are even party-colored. Every time there is a new litter of puppies born, there are new and wonderful surprises. They’re beautiful puppies but it’s really cool to wait in anticipation and then find out what they look like after they’re born.
3. The looks and personality of a Lhasapoo are not within the breeder’s control
It’s a common assumption that breeders cross two breeds to get the ideal traits from each breed to create the perfect dog, and it would be great if it worked that way, but it doesn’t. When two breeds are crossed, as in the Lhasapoo, there is no way to guarantee which traits or combinations of traits will be dominant in any individual puppy.
4. They’re wonderful companions
Lhasapoos are definitely indoor dogs and they should never be kept outdoors. They love people and are cute and cuddly companions. They’re great company for single people or couples.
5. You can find one on the cheap for adoption
While it’s true that some Lhasapoos go for a high selling price from dog breeders, they turn up in shelters now and then. Because of the beauty and friendliness of these dogs, they’re often bred for sale through disreputable and irresponsible breeders that run puppy mills. When these operations are discovered in violation of animal rights, the dogs are rescued and placed up for adoption, and it happens more often than you’d believe.
6. They do best with older children
Lhasapoos are smaller dogs that average between 10 and 20 pounds at full maturity. They are usually the result of breeding a Lhasa Apso and a miniature poodle, which produces a smaller size pup. They’re friendly and enjoy interacting with people, but they’re not tolerant of being mistreated or mauled by younger children. You should always supervise any small child with a Lhasapoo for the well-being of the child and the dog.
7. They’re yappers
This breed has a tendency to be yappy, especially when there’s a stranger at the front door. It’s in their nature, but it isn’t all bad. This also means that they make great watch dogs. They may not be large enough to defend you from danger, but they will certainly let you when something is out of place.
8. Lhasapoos are quick thinkers
These dogs are very bright and this makes it easy to train them. As with any dog breed, it’s best to start while they’re very young pups. Positive reinforcement training is the only way to go with them. They do not tolerate mistreatment such as screaming or hitting.
9. Some are suspicious in nature and others are over-friendly
You never really know if a Lhasapoo puppy is going to inherit the naturally suspicious tendencies of the Lhasa Apso, or the friendliness of the poodle. Sometimes they land in the middle, but you don’t find out until the puppy begins to mature and develop its own unique personality.
10. Lhasapoos are highly adaptable dogs
This is one more reason why Lhasapoos are so popular. They adapt easily to the lifestyles of their owners. They’re fairly athletic and do well in canine sports requiring obedience and agility. You can also teach them tricks. Their activity levels are usually moderate. A daily walk or two is enough, but they are capable of more.