Lhasa Apso mixes combine this charismatic lapdog with another breed.
These puppies come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and temperaments.
The Lhasa Apso may be small in size, but there is nothing petite about this pup’s personality.
In Tibet, the Lhasa Apso is not just the companion canine of choice.
She has also long been regarded as the earthly representative of the country’s own protective spirit, the Snow Lion.
The Lhasa Apso weighs just 12 to 18 pounds fully grown and stands 10 to 11 inches tall.
Personality and Temperament
The Lhasa Apso has been bred for more than a thousand years to serve as a guard dog for monks, nobles and ordinary families.
A well-bred, well-trained and socialized Lhasa Apso is a devoted, loyal and affectionate companion.
This canine is sweet and playful with family, and wary with strangers.
Lhasa Apsos need a good amount of daily activity and play to stay healthy and happy.
The Lhasa’s long, luxurious, human hair-like coat can be left long or clipped into a puppy cut.
You should brush your dog’s coat daily to keep tangles from forming.
Health and Longevity
Both are genetic and can generate lifelong health issues.
The life expectancy for Lhasa Apsos today is 12 to 15 years.
Lhasa Apso Mixes
Many purebred dogs today owe their existence to hybrid breeding programs.
This is still a time-honored way to enhance desirable traits in purebred dog breeds.
But there is another goal for many hybrid breeding programs today—strengthening breed health.
The theory of “heterosis,” or “hybrid vigor,” states that adding genetic diversity is a potential way to increase health and longevity in dogs.
Lhasa Apso Types List
If you are seeking information about a specific Lhasa Apso mix dog, this list can get you there.
- American Eskimo Lhasa Apso Mix (Kimola)
- Basset Hound Lhasa Apso Mix (Lha Basset)
- Beagle Lhasa Apso Mix (Be Apso)
- Bichon Frise Lhasa Apso Mix (La Chon)
- Boston Terrier Lhasa Apso Mix (Bosapso)
- Brussels Griffon Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhaffon)
- Bulldog Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasa Bull)
- Chihuahua Lhasa Apso Mix (Chi Apso)
- Cocker Spaniel Lhasa Apso Mix (Lha Cocker)
- Dachshund Lhasa Apso Mix (Dachsi Apso)
- Golden Retriever Lhasa Apso Mix (Golden Apso)
- Labrador Retriever Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasa Lab)
- Maltese Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhatese)
- Miniature Schnauzer Lhasa Apso Mix (Schapso)
- Pekingese Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasanese)
- Pomeranian Lhasa Apso Mix (La Pom)
- Poodle Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasapoo)
- Pug Lhasa Apso Mix (Pughasa)
- Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso Mix (Shih Apso)
- Yorkshire Terrier Lhasa Apso Mix (Yorkie Apso)
American Eskimo Lhasa Apso Mix (Kimola)
This petite pup’s adult weight range is 6 to 35 pounds, depending on the size of the Eskie parent.
The Kimola’s life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
Expect an active, energetic pup that loves to socialize and play.
This dog will need regular brushing to keep shed hair, tangles and mats under control.
Basset Hound Lhasa Apso Mix (Lha Basset)
The Lha Basset brings together two purebred dogs with quite different personalities.
The Basset Hound is calm, charming and laid-back. The Lhasa Apso is aristocratic and, at times, headstrong.
You will likely get an indifferent guard dog from this pairing, but a lovely companion canine with moderate activity needs and a keen interest in laps and naps.
This dog will probably shed quite a bit.
Be aware the Lha Basset will inherit the Basset Hound’s genetically shortened legs to some degree.
Beagle Lhasa Apso Mix (Be Apso)
The Be Apso will weigh 12 to 30 pounds with a life span of 1o to 15 years.
This dog will inherit a cheery, sweet temperament from the Beagle parent and a confident, playful nature from the Lhasa parent.
You may not have the ideal guard dog, but you will have a wonderful pet.
This dog will likely shed somewhat due to the Beagle influence.
Bichon Frise Lhasa Apso Mix (La Chon)
The La Chon is a pairing of two pups with the same weight range and coat type—non-shedding yet high maintenance with daily brushing to prevent tangles.
This dog’s life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
The La Chon will be a confident, personable pup who can be a good family pet for families with older children.
The La Chon inherits the flat-faced, short muzzle shape (brachycephalic type) from both parents.
Boston Terrier Lhasa Apso Mix (Bosapso)
Your Bosapso will weigh 12 to 25 pounds when fully grown with a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.
This dog will receive a double helping of confidence and aristocratic grace from both sides.
The Bosapso will inherit the short (brachycephalic) muzzle shape from both parent dogs.
You can find out about other Boston Terrier mixes here.
Bulldog Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasa Bull)
The Lhasa Bull will weigh 12 to 50 pounds with a life span of 8 to 15 years.
This dog may shed somewhat or not at all, depending on parental influence.
This pup will likely have a moderate energy level due to the Bulldog influence.
However, she will make a good guard dog as an adult.
Your Lhasa Bull puppy will inherit the flat-faced (brachycephalic) muzzle shape from both parent dogs.
Chihuahua Lhasa Apso Mix (Chi Apso)
This tiny dog will weigh anywhere from 3 to 18 pounds and live 12 to 16 years.
Your Chi Apso will make a tireless watchdog—expect a “big dog” in a little dog body with this mix.
Your Chi Apso will receive the brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle type from both parent dogs.
Cocker Spaniel Lhasa Apso Mix (Lha Cocker)
The Lha Cocker will weigh 12 to 30 pounds and live 10 to 15 years.
This dog can make a good companion canine for families with older children.
But don’t expect a good guard dog, considering the Cocker Spaniel’s gentle nature.
This dog will shed somewhat year-round and more heavily seasonally with the Cocker Spaniel influence.
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Dachshund Lhasa Apso Mix (Dachsi Apso)
Your Dachsi Apso can weigh anywhere from 11 to 32 pounds, depending on the Dachshund parent’s size.
This dog’s life span is 12 to 16 years.
The Dachsi Apso inherits strong guard dog instincts from both sides as well as an independent nature and occasional stubborn streak.
Your pup likely won’t shed a great deal, but you will need to do some regular maintenance brushing.
The Dachsi Apso will be impacted by the Dachshund parent’s genetically shortened legs.
Golden Retriever Lhasa Apso Mix (Golden Apso)
Your Golden Apso can weigh anywhere from 12 to 75 pounds and live 10 to 15 years.
This dog will have an intriguing personality with influence from the Golden Retriever’s famous friendliness as well as the Lhasa’s aristocratic and protective nature.
One thing you can count on is moderate to heavy shedding with the Golden Retriever’s heavy, double-layer coat.
Labrador Retriever Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasa Lab)
The Lhasa Lab will weigh 12 to 80 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
The Lhasa Lab will inherit an interesting mix of temperament traits, which will likely make this pup an indifferent guard dog but a fabulous friend.
Expect some year-round and heavier seasonal shedding due to the Lab’s influence.
Maltese Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhatese)
The Lhatese will weigh 6 to 18 pounds and live 12 to 15 years.
This dog inherits strong guard dog instincts from both sides.
It also has a gorgeous, potentially floor-length adult coat that is more like human hair than canine fur.
Expect very little visible shedding but daily brushing with this pup to keep tangles and mats from ruining the coat.
The Lhatese will inherit the short (brachycephalic) muzzle shape from both parent dogs.
From the Maltese side, there is also a genetic risk for hydrocephalus (water on the brain).
Miniature Schnauzer Lhasa Apso Mix (Schapso)
Your Schapso will weigh 11 to 20 pounds and live 12 to 15 years on average.
This dog is definitely going to be a good family guard dog and watchdog—a canine that is friendly and loving toward you but guarded with strangers.
You won’t see much if any shedding with this mix dog, but you will need to make time for daily brushing to keep tangles and mats at bay.
Pekingese Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasanese)
The Lhasanese will weigh anywhere from 7 to 18 pounds in adulthood. This dog’s life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
You will get an excellent watchdog with generations of experience from both sides.
However, this dog’s extremely small size means this may not be the best pet choice for small children.
This dog will need daily brushing to keep tangles from matting up the luxurious long coat.
Your Lhasanese will receive the shortened (brachycephalic) muzzle type from both parent dogs.
Pomeranian Lhasa Apso Mix (La Pom)
The La Pom will weigh 3 to 18 pounds with an adult life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
This dog will make a great watchdog and a lively companion canine for families with older children.
You will need to set aside time for daily brushing to keep this dog’s lush coat tangle-free.
Your La Pom puppy may be impacted by the short, flat muzzle shape inherited from both parent dogs.
Poodle Lhasa Apso Mix (Lhasapoo)
The Lhasapoo will weigh anywhere from 12 to 70 pounds, depending on the size of the poodle parent.
This dog’s life expectancy is 10 to 18 years.
Expect a lively, alert family watchdog and intelligent activity partner with this pup.
This dog’s non-shedding coat will need daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats.
Pug Lhasa Apso Mix (Pughasa)
Your Pughasa will weigh 12 to 18 pounds with an adult life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Pughasa can be happy living in any size space but won’t be very good at guarding it.
This dog may shed somewhat, depending on which parent’s coat type predominates.
The Pughasa will be impacted by the flat-faced (brachycephalic) muzzle shape of both parents.
Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso Mix (Shih Apso)
The Shih Apso will weigh 9 to 18 pounds and live 10 to 18 years.
This dog inherits both a loving and a regal nature, which typically results in an indifferent watchdog and wonderful lap dog.
You will need to commit to brushing this dog’s coat daily to prevent tangles.
Your Shih Apso puppy will inherit the brachycephalic (flat) muzzle shape from both parent dogs.
Yorkshire Terrier Lhasa Apso Mix (Yorkie Apso)
The Yorkie Apso will weigh 7 to 18 pounds and live anywhere from 11 to 15 years.
This dog is likely to grow up to be a good watchdog as well as a lively and affectionate pet.
Expect plenty of brushing daily to keep the lovely coat tangle-free.
The Yorkie Apso inherits the flat-faced muzzle shape from both parent dogs.
Is a Lhasa Apso Mix Right for Me?
Your crossbreed of choice is up to you. Hopefully the descriptions above can help you pick which one suits you best.
Do you have a favorite Lhasa Apso mix dog from the wonderful pooches you have just met?
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References and Further Reading:
- “American Lhasa Apso Club Health Statement,” The American Lhasa Apso Club
- Drastura, J., 2019, “Glaucoma in the Lhasa Apso,” The American Lhasa Apso Club
- Fern-King, C., “Hydrocephalus,” American Maltese Association
- Sargan, D., 2019, “A Research Programme to Eliminate Lhasa Apso PRA,” International Lhasa Apso Congress
- “The Lhasa Apso—Breed History,” Lhasa Apso Club
- Wakchaure, R., et al., 2015, “Importance of Heterosis in Animals: A Review,” ResearchGate
- Yuill, C., “Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in Dogs,” VCA Animal Hospital