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

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Lhasalier (Lhasa Apso & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix)

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. Lhasaliers have long, silky hair and gentle, loving eyes that display their affectionate personalities. They love to please their masters and 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 play fetch in the yard.

The Lhasalier isn’t big enough to be a guard dog but is alert enough to work effectively as a watchdog around the house and property. Whether you are simply curious about the Lhasalier 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


Lhasalier puppies are tiny and don’t get much bigger once they become adults. Lhasaliers are not very energetic, making them an excellent option for seniors or individuals with relaxed lifestyles. It’s important to provide enough exercise and mental stimulation to avoid boredom.

Lhasaliers love to spend time with their families and tend to create strong bonds with children.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Lhasalier

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 friendly, they don’t always take kindly to strangers knocking on the family’s door. They are likely to bark and do a great deal 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 grooming. With a regular trim, brushing or combing once or twice a week should keep their coat in check.

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

Divider 5Temperament & Intelligence of the Lhasalier 🧠

Lhasaliers don’t cause much trouble and can live comfortably in an apartment. But they like to play games and enjoy a few walks a week. They also like to snuggle up on the bed or couch and forget about the world. The Lhasalier is lively but also patient.

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

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Lhasaliers are incredibly friendly to people of all ages. They can play harmoniously with young kids and 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 that occurs occasionally, 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 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, they can treat smaller animals like mice and guinea pig pets as prey. It’s always a good idea to ensure that any dog you bring home is well socialized or to prioritize socialization after bringing a puppy home.

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning a Lhasalier

All dogs are different, so you must understand your pup’s needs, which we’ll discuss below.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

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

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

Exercise 🐕

As mentioned, Lhasaliers are naturally mellow, so they don’t need much exercise. However, they 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, but they are just as happy playing with toys indoors.

Training 🦮

Even though Lhasaliers are generally friendly and well-behaved, 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.

They are also food motivated, so using treats during training will optimize your results. Professional training is worth considering if you don’t have experience. After participating in a few professional classes, you should know enough to continue training your pup at home.

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 ear infections, so their ears should be checked and cleaned weekly. Because they don’t need much outdoor exercise, their nails must be trimmed every few weeks to ensure 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 essential to know about possible issues that your pup might develop while they’re still puppies so you know which signs 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

Divider 5Male vs. Female

Some people think that male Lhasaliers are more independent than females, but that is usually only when a female is still intact. Males and females are loving, attentive, and fun-loving, though the boys might be more playful as they age. Ultimately, males and females make fantastic 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 with children and other pets, and they’re suitable for small apartments or large houses with a yard. They love energy-filled kids but enjoy the company of more laidback adults and senior citizens just as much. We think you’ll love being a part of this small dog’s life for many years.


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