Reggie the Lhasa-Poo at 10 months old—"When he was a puppy, he had to be held ALL the time. He still likes to be held even though he weighs almost 20 pounds. He is great with kids, and is very protective of me. When my husband and I raise our voices for any reason, he shows his displeasure by barking and standing up on his hind legs. He seems to know when I am sick. I suffer from migraines and he will lie on the floor by the couch very quietly and every so often "check on me" by licking my forehead very softly or touching his nose to my face. He is "sneaky"—will look around to make sure my husband is not looking before he gets an ornament off the tree, will tip-toe onto our bed in the morning hoping my husband won't hear him and say "get down!" He just makes us smile all the time."
The Lhasa-Poo is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
Rosie the Lhasapoo
"Holly, our 4-month-old Lhasapoo is full of love! She loves to play, she loves to cuddle, she loves to eat and she loves to bite at your ankles!!! Her housetraining is going well, however she does have the occasional accident when we are not paying enough attention to her signs. She is very smart; whenever she goes outside to do her business, and comes back in the house, she runs right into the kitchen and sits in front of the refrigerator, looking up. We keep the container of treats on top of the refrigerator. Once she has her treat she is on her way! Holly weighs in at about 8 ½ lbs., which is about a pound and a half more than she weighed when we brought her home a little over a month ago."
Awit before grooming
"Awit, my hybrid dog at about 1 year old, who is a cross of a Lhasa Apso and a Poodle. Definitely she is not a first-generation hybrid, because her dog-dad and dog-mom are already both Lhasa-Poos. I have no idea about her grandparents, so I can't really say what generation she is of a Lhasa Poo hybrid.
"Awit looks more of a Poodle, her body hair being a little on the curly side, and her body structure and height too are closer to the Poodle than to the Lhasa Apso. But she has streaks of straight hair too, like on her tail and on her head, that's why we can't give her a proper "Poodle-look" crown or afro on top of her head. We do shave her face though, as in Poodle cuts and we maintain her body hair on "summer cut," most of the time using grooming blade # 7, because her hair grows very fast. Her soft, cottony undercoat is also very prone to matting. Awit is a non-shedder but she has very sensitive skin.
"The name Awit is a Filipino word that literally means "to sing" (verb) or "song" (noun). Alternately, the word "awit" is also being used to translate the word "psalm" in the Bible.
"Awit is a very active dog. She loves walk time and play time. Play time means she runs and dares our other dogs to chase her around the house. She can also jump (note: her agility makes her look like she can actually fly) from the floor to the sofa, to the bed, from one bed to another, and back to the floor with ease.
"Awit is also very friendly to other people and other dogs and gentle to children—indeed, a very well-socialized dog, making her very qualified to be the Official K9 Receptionist of Dogbero, our dog grooming salon in the Philippines. Yes, and she gets one 2" chew bone per day or a doggie biscuit that she can munch to her heart's delight.
"Awit is also a fast learner and a very intelligent dog. I tried to do clicker training on her, and she easily picked up the cues "sit" and "down.""
Awit after grooming
Maya the Lhasapoo puppy at 9 weeks old and 2 pounds— "She’s a happy and exuberant puppy."
"Bingo is a 6 year old Lhasapoo that I have had since he was a puppy. He is great with kids and tries to sing along with the neighborhood kids that often want to sing the nursery rhyme song "There Was a Farmer, Had a Dog and Bingo Was His Name...," and he puts his head straight up in the air and howls along to the song. He wants to be with me every second of every day and goes with me everywhere that it is feasible to take him. If he thinks he will be left behind he exhibits definite signs of separation-anxiety. He will whine, cry and even try to sit on me to prevent me from leaving. Needless to say he loves being in the car and makes a great travel companion. He is very smart and easy to train. "The Dog Whisperer," has been my source for learning how to be a good pack leader and Bingo responds well to the techniques we have learned i.e. "no touch, no talk, no eye contact." Bingo has been a great addition to our family and gives as much love as he gets."
Daisy the Lhasa-Poo at 4 years old
Daisy the Lhasa-Poo at 4 years old—"Ain't she PURTY???"
Princess Leia the Lhasapoo is a Lhasa Apso / Poodle mix. She's just about full grown in these photos, weighing in at about 7 pounds (3.2 kg). Her owner says, "Her temperament is very sweet and she's super smart—she could sit, speak and shake hands after I'd had her for only 2 weeks. She's also very athletic and a terrific jumper. Often she makes tremendous leaps around the living room from the furniture. It's kind of her game to not touch the floor."
8-week-old black Lhasa-Poo puppy named Princess Leia