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13 Lhasa Apso Mixes: Pictures, Facts & History

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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The Lhasa Apso is a thousand-year-old breed that originated in Tibet. These naturally protective dogs were employed to guard palaces and monasteries before acting as sentinels for modern homes. Though they are desirable breeds on their own, mixing the traits and looks of a Lhasa Apso with other breeds can create truly unique mixes.

Discover 13 Lhasa Apso mixes in multiple sizes, colors, coat types, and more, and see if one of these mixed pups is a good choice for your family.

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The 13 Lhasa Apso Mixes

1. Shih Apso

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Height: 9–12 inches
Weight: 15–22 pounds
Temperament: Affectionate, patient, friendly

The Shih Apso is a mixed breed that comes from combining the Lhasa Apso with the Shih Tzu. The resulting dog is a lap dog that loves company, both children and the elderly, and shows remarkable patience with children. But as companion breeds, the Shih Apso can develop separation anxiety easily if left alone for long periods.

2. Lhasa Poo

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Height: 9–13 inches
Weight: 9–15 pounds
Temperament: Eager, loyal, protective

The Lhasa Poo is a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle, which is one of the smartest dog breeds. Combining the two means you’ll have a dog that’s loyal and eager to please but may develop problem behaviors if you don’t give them enough enrichment.

3. Lhatese

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Height: 10–12 inches
Weight: 10–15 pounds
Temperament: Sociable, loyal, playful

The Lhatese is a hybrid mix of the Lhasa Apso and the Maltese. With both of these parents, the Lhatese is exceptionally sweet and loving toward family but may be difficult to train. Because of the sociable nature of the Maltese, the Lhatese tend to get along well with new people and pets.

4. Chi Apso

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Height: 10–11 inches
Weight: 13–15 pounds
Temperament: Small yards and patios

The Chi Apso is a mixed breed that comes from the Lhasa Apso and the Chihuahua. This long-haired hybrid dog is an ideal lap dog, but they may inherit the wariness and protectiveness of both parent breeds.

5. Yorkie Apso

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Height: 8–11 inches
Weight: 7–15 pounds
Temperament: Friendly, quiet, attention seeking

The Yorkie Apso combines the popular companion breed with the Yorkshire Terrier, a friendly and tenacious lap dog that loves getting attention. These dogs are ideal for less active owners, as they enjoy short walks and visits but don’t require a lot of exercise.

6. La Chon

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Height: 10–18 inches
Weight: 8–20 pounds
Temperament: Small yards and patios

The La Chon is a combination of two beloved small breeds, the Lhasa Apso and the Bichon Frise. Both of these breeds are watchdogs and companions, so the mix is likely to be especially loyal, clingy, and protective. That said, both parent breeds are wary of strangers and unfamiliar animals, so early socialization is important.

7. Dachsi Apso

Height: 8–11 inches
Weight: 15–30 pounds
Temperament: Playful, energetic, vocal

The Dachsi Apso is a mix of the Dachshund and the Lhasa Apso, leading to a small but mighty dog. These dogs are playful and energetic but may be especially vocal with the protective traits of both parent breeds. You won’t find a better watchdog and more loyal companion, but Dachsi Apso mixes may be even more stubborn than either parent.

8. La Pom

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Height: 7–12 inches
Weight: 8–20 pounds
Temperament: Playful, adaptable

The La Pom is a mix of the Lhasa Apso and the Pomeranian. Neither of these breeds gets particularly large, so La Poms tend to be on the small size. They’re playful and self-assured, adapt well to lifestyles ranging from urban apartments to sprawling farms, and enjoy spending time with their owners.

9. Schapso

Height: 10–13 inches
Weight: 10–50 pounds
Temperament: Friendly, laid back

The Schapso is a unique mix of the Lhasa Apso and the Miniature Schnauzer, though it may also be a Standard Schnauzer. These mixes are easygoing and affectionate, ideal for families, but can be clingy. They’re also good for families that are less active since they’re happy to lounge around.

10. Lhasa Corgi

Height: 10–11 inches
Weight: 11–25 pounds
Temperament: Fun, brave, playful

The Lhasa Corgi is a combination of the Lhasa Apso and the Welsh Corgi. This brings together a tenacious herding dog and a protective watchdog, leading to a unique mix of traits in the mixed breed. Whether your dog takes after the brave herding dog or the aloof and protective watchdog, it’s crucial to socialize your pup well and instill early obedience training to curb problem behaviors.

11. Lhasanese

Height: 13–15 inches
Weight: Up to 20 pounds
Temperament: Playful, easygoing

The Lhasanese is a hybrid of the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. Like both parents, the Lhasanese is a happy lapdog that wants to cuddle with their owner, but they can entertain themselves while you’re away. However, both Lhasa Apso and Pekingese distrust strangers, so it’s crucial to socialize them early.

12. Lhasalier

Height: Up to 18 inches
Weight: 13–16 pounds
Temperament: Playful, loyal, calm

The Lhasalier is a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Lhasa Apso. The playful and loving Lhasalier is a great family dog that can learn basic obedience and tricks, and they’re always eager to please.

13. Be Apso

Height: 9–12 inches
Weight: 9–12 pounds
Temperament: Independent, charming, playful

The Be Apso, a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Beagle, is a small hybrid that combines the bravery and spirit of a hunting breed with the protectiveness and independence of a guard and companion breed. Not the typical lap dog, the Be Apso is cuddly but willful and happy to entertain themselves. Depending on which parent they take after, the Be Apso may be friendly or aloof with strangers.



There are a variety of Lhasa Apso mixes to choose from, giving you the best of both worlds. In some cases, mixing the Lhasa Apso with another breed tempers some of their stronger traits, such as aloofness and wariness, while others amplify the two breeds’ natural instincts to guard. But no matter what, any of these Lhasa Apso mixes are sure to produce special and unique pups.

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