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Lhasalier (Lhasa Apso & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix): Info, Pictures, Facts

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Height: 12 – 18 inches
Weight: 13 – 16 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Colors: Black, red, grey, silver, fawn, parti-colored
Suitable for: Apartment living, relaxed lifestyles, children, other animals
Temperament: Loyal, easy to train, intelligent, affectionate, mellow, patient

The Lhasalier is a beautiful mixed-breed dog, the product of a Lhasa Apso and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These little dogs don’t typically get any bigger than 18 inches tall. This hybrid dog isn’t common among households but is cherished by the families that do have the honor of spending time with them. Lhasaliers have long, silky hair and gentle, loving eyes that display their affectionate personalities. They love to please their masters and will show love and affection to all their family members.

These dogs are mellow and don’t require much exercise to stay happy. But they are prone to becoming overweight as they age, so they should enjoy small bouts of activity throughout the day to help keep their weight under control. Luckily, Lhasaliers are happy to head outside for a walk or to play a game of fetch in the yard.

The Lhasalier isn’t big enough to be a guard dog. But this mixed breed is alert enough to work effectively as a watchdog around the house and property. Whether you are simply curious about this hybrid dog or are considering investing in one, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide that will teach you all about the Lhasalier.

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Lhasalier Puppies — Before You Get One…


Lhasalier puppies are tiny and don’t get much bigger once they become adults. Families should take care not to step on their pup or allow the pooch to climb on furniture and items that they could fall from. Here are a few important things to note about the Lhasalier.

3 Little-Known Facts About Lhasaliers

1. They’re Feisty

The Lhasalier is a small but feisty dog. These dogs have big, fun-loving attitudes that will keep any family busy all day long, especially when they’re puppies. Their boisterous personalities result in them always looking for something fun to do. They love barking, playing with toys, and goofing around in the yard, even if they do need frequent breaks.

2. They Don’t Take Kindly to Strangers

While these dogs are extremely friendly and sociable, they don’t always take kindly to strangers knocking on the family’s door. They are likely to bark and do a great deak of sniffing when a new person walks through the door. Luckily, once they’re satisfied that the visitor is not a threat, Lhasaliers tend to mellow out and accept the visitors as friends.

3. They Don’t Need as Much Grooming as You Might Think

Even though these striking dogs have long, luscious hair, they don’t require much. With a regular trim, brushing or combing once or twice a week should keep this dog’s coat in check.

The parent breeds of the Lhasalier - Lhasa Apso and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The parent breeds of Lhasalier: Left – Lhasa Apso (robertos0621, Shutterstock) | Right – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (otsphoto, Shutterstock)

Divider 5Temperament & Intelligence of the Lhasalier 🧠

These sweet dogs don’t cause much trouble, even after spending a couple of days in their apartment setting. But they do like to play games and enjoy a few walks a week. They also like to snuggle up on the bed or couch and just forget about the worries of the world. The Lhasalier is lively but also patient.

Lhasaliers love to please their family members and almost always willing to participate in training sessions. They are playful when outdoors and love to run. But unless they are well trained, they should never be let off their leash while in public to avoid accidents and injuries.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Lhasaliers are extremely friendly with people of all ages. Young children can play harmoniously with even young kids, as they are patient and generous with their time. These dogs love nothing more than to spend the entire day with at least one family member. Young children should learn not to pull or tug on these pups, but even if this situation occurs on occasion, you can be sure that your Lhasalier will exhibit the patience necessary to avoid confrontation.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Lhasaliers get along famously with other dogs and can even live in the same household as cats. They should be socialized at an early age to ensure that they know how to introduce themselves and interact in a social setting, Even though Lhasalier puppies are small, these dogs can treat smaller animals like mice and even guinea pig pets as prey. It’s always a good idea to make sure that any dog you bring home is already well socialized or to make socialization a priority after bringing a puppy home.

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All dogs are different, so you will have to understand your pup’s specific needs and desires. General food and exercise requirements will help.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The little dogs have low energy levels, so they don’t need to eat much food to meet their nutritional needs. As adults, Lhasaliers typically eat about a cup of dry food split into two different meals every day. As puppies, these dogs may eat up to a cup of food each day to help support their quickly growing bodies.

It’s a good idea to choose a food that’s developed specifically for puppies for the first year of your pup’s life. When it’s time to start feeding your dog adult food, choose a high-quality, low-grain option that’s just for small breed dogs. These typically have smaller pieces of kibble that are easy to chew and digest.

Exercise 🐕

As mentioned, Lhasaliers are mellow by nature, so they don’t need much exercise. However, they do need to get outside to stretch their legs to help keep their weight in check. A short walk each day or a longer walk a few times a week should be the base of your pup’s exercise regimen. Time playing hide and seek or games of fetch should also have a daily role in your dog’s life. Lhasaliers wouldn’t mind hanging out in a fenced yard every so often, but they tend to be just as happy playing with toys indoors.

Training 🦮

Even though Lhasaliers are sociable and well-behaved in general, they should participate in obedience training and learn how to come, sit, and stay. Luckily, the Lhasalier is intelligent and loves to please their owner, which makes them easy to train. These dogs are also food motivated, so using treats during training will optimize your results. Professional training is worth considering if you don’t have any dog training experience. After participating in a few professional classes, you should know enough to continue training your pup at home by yourself.

Grooming ✂️

These little dogs have a large amount of long hair that covers their frames. Some owners prefer to have their dog’s hair cut or trimmed so it’s easier to maintain at home. But even dogs without haircuts don’t require an extensive amount of grooming, in part due to their size and because they don’t shed excessively. Thorough combing a few times a week should keep your doggie’s coat soft and shiny.

Lhasaliers are prone to getting ear infections, so their ears should be checked and cleaned weekly. And because they don’t need much outdoor exercise, their nails usually need to be trimmed every few weeks to ensure that they don’t get caught on furniture, clothing, and other items around the house.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Unfortunately, there are quite a few health conditions that the Lhasalier is susceptible to. It’s important to know about possible issues that your pooch might develop while they’re still puppies, so you know what signs and symptoms to look for as they age.

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Sicca
Serious Conditions
  • Cherry eye
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Syringomyelia
  • Episodic falling
  • Patellar luxation

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Some people think that male Lhasaliers are more independent than females, but this is usually only the case when a female is still intact. Males and females are both loving, attentive, and fun-loving, though the boys might be more playful as they age. But all-in-all, both males and females make awesome companions for families of all ages.

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Final Thoughts

The Lhasalier is a unique dog with appealing looks and a heart full of passion. They get along well in almost any type of household, whether it’s a small apartment or a big house with a yard. They love energy-filled kids but enjoy the company of more laidback adults and senior citizens just as much. We think that you’ll love being a part of this small dog’s life for many years to come.

What makes the Lhasalier such an appealing pet option for you and your family?

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