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Lhasapoo Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

The Lhasapoo is one of the cutest dogs out there. He is, after all, a cross between a Miniature Poodle and the popular Tibetan breed, Lhasa Apso so why wouldn’t he be… right?

But be warned…

The Lhasapoo is a very friendly and affectionate creature, so if you happen to find yourself in a room with a few of them available for adoption, there is a REALLY good chance you’re going to end up being the proud new owner of one.

Which in most…

Cases will be a great thing!  But, like all dog breeds out there, some dogs are simply better suited for some owners and vice versa.  This is why in this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to own one of these little guys this way you won’t have any regrets if you do end up adopting a Lhasapoo puppy or a Lhasapoo rescue dog.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Lhasapoo Dog Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin: United States

Original Purpose:  Companionship

Height: Varies

Weight: 10 to 20 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Hybrid dog, not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Origin of the Lhasapoo

The Lhasapoo is one more example of a growing trend in which folks are intentionally choosing to interbreed two different dog breeds in an effort to create a new “desirable” hybrid dog.

And while…

Some folks frown upon this idea, in truth when done properly interbreeding certain dog breeds that have been over breed in the past isn’t such a bad idea.

And when it comes…

To mixing Lhasa Apso with a Miniature Poodle it’s actually a really good idea because both of these breeds do tend to suffer from many recessive genetic disorders which by crossbreeding tends to decrease their risk of appearing.  And… when crossbred together, they create SUPER CUTE puppies too boot!


One thing that you should know is that whenever you decide to cross breed two totally different dog breeds, the resulting litter can take on many shapes and sizes.  This is why, rather than talk about what a Lhasapoo is going to look like, let’s just take a moment and discuss what they could possibly look like.

Physical Characteristics

The Lhasapoo is generally a small dog and weighing in between 10 and 20 pounds. Even the adult dog of this breed is lightweight enough for you to carry him around. But he is also quite sturdy and has a robust built. His height can vary 10 to 14 inches.

And because…

The Lhasapoo is a cross-breed, which means there is no way to tell if he is going to look more like a Poodle or a Lhasa Apso. He can, for example, have the straight coat of Lhasa Apso’s. But there is also a chance that he could have a curly coat, much like a poodle.

Their coat color…

Can also vary and can be:

  • White,
  • Black,
  • Brown,
  • Tan,

Heck… you never know!

That said however…

One thing you can count on is that this dog will shed heavily, which is why his coat has to be brushed daily.

This variability is also probably why…

The Lhasapoo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as it is not a purebred dog. Now, he is recognized by other Kennel Clubs such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., and International Designer Canine Registry.  Which leads us to believe that it really is only a matter of time until the AKC finally begins to take notice of some of this really great designer or hybrid dog breeds that have been created recently.

Lhasapoo Personality and Temperament

The Lhasapoo is a cheerful dog, which he or she will like to remind of with their chirpy little voices.  They’re also always on the move, running all over the place and follows you everywhere. He looks so adorable when he does this.


We should point out that these dog gets really attached to his human family and loves them dearly. He is very loyal and sensitive too – he knows when you’re feeling a bit down and does everything he can to cheer you up with his hilarious antics!

He is only a small dog…

Even he adult dog of this breed is of the height of 10 to 14 inches or less. But he thinks he is much bigger than he really is. He also considers himself to be your watchdog and is always on the lookout for strangers. If you hear him yapping, it’s probably because you have a visitor.


Are also one of those dog breeds that prefer human company to that of other dogs. He feels most comfortable with his human family and would rather be with you than with any other dog.

He is not…

The sort of dog that requires a lot of exercise. He is not the outdoorsy type. In fact, he is happy to snuggle next to you on the couch as you watch Netflix.


On a side note, never give him more dog food than he really needs, as this little guy has the tendency to overeat and become too fat for his own good.

 Lhasapoo Health Issues

Because the Lhasapoo is a hybrid dog, “technically” he or she is going to be susceptible to all of the different genetic disorders common to the Lhasa Apso and Miniature Poodle dog bred.  Fortunately, though, most of the genetic conditions that affect these breeds tend to be “recessive” in nature which greatly reduces the risk of a Lhasapoo developing them.

That said however…

Lhasapoo’s still tend to be at a medium risk for developing:

Which is why you’ll want to be sure and know the family history of any puppy you are considering adopting.

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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  • Mr B December 30, 2021, 3:21 am

    Hi there,

    Good summary. But just a couple of points to make. My lhasapoo is now 22 pounds in weight and still growing. His brother of the same litter is about 25 pounds and stands about 2 feet tall. Basically, you can get throwbacks to standard poodle in the pups.

    Oh, and because neither lhasa apsos nor poodles shed fur, the lhasapoo doesn’t either. They are sought-after often because of this trait as it means people who are normally allergic to dogs can often have this crossbreed without problems. They’re also easy to clean up after. They do however, like their parents, need lots of grooming: we find this the biggest expense having one.

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