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Lhasapoo – Small Size Hypoallergenic Non-Shedding Lhasa Apso Poodle Mix

Lhasapoo are a small size hypoallergenic poodle mix breed that is non-shedding. Lhasa poos are the cross between a miniature or toy Poodle and a Lhasa Apso. They are cute, small-sized dogs that are highly trainable and apartment friendly. They even get along with kids and other pets. 

This Lhasa Apso Poodle Mix breed has a long lifespan but finding puppies for sale in Australia can be challenging. They are certainly among the cutest poodle mixes and their non-shedding coat makes them one of the most popular poodle crossbreeds in the world.

So, if you are looking to add this sweet little designer dog to your household, then this guide is for you! Read on to find out all about your Lhasapoo’s personality and everything else you need to know about raising this pet.

What is a Lhasapoo?

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Also known as Lhasadoodle, the Lhasapoo is a cute designer dog obtained by crossing a miniature or toy Poodle with a Lhasa Apso. The Lhasapoo are among the smallest-sized, hypoallergenic poodle mix breeds that do not shed. Before we learn more about Lhasapoos, let us check out some facts about its parent dog breeds.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a silky-coated dog breed that originated in Tibet. The breed is held in great veneration in the Orient and was even given as gifts and considered a symbol of good fortune.

Lhasa Apsos are not a new breed at all; they may have existed since 800 AD.  Tibetans believe that the souls of lamas or priests reincarnate as Lhasa Apsos.

Today, Lhasa Apsos are extremely popular as house pets mainly due to their compact sizes as well as their hypoallergenic coats.

In terms of grooming, the Lhasa Apso requires regular weekly brushing and combing to maintain their coat and prevent knots.

They also come with the added advantage of longevity and most Lhasa Apsos have an average lifespan of 15-17 years.



Poodles originated in Germany, where they were bred to assist fishermen and hunters. Their excellent swimming capabilities combined with a quick-drying and water-resistant coat aided them in their work as water dogs.

Research has shown that Poodles are one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. They rank No.2 in the top 10 intelligent dog breeds. Their high intelligence also makes them easy to train. This trait combined with their low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat, makes them one of the most popular dog breeds.

Doodle Dog Breeds

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The popularity of designer dogs is on the rise because it is trendy to own compact-sized hybrid dogs. Moreover, there is a belief that crossbreed dogs are usually healthier than purebred dogs and often inherit the best traits of the breeds involved in the cross. Given that the Lhasapoo is a small-sized, non-shedding, hypoallergenic poodle crossbreed, they are very popular in Australia.

The best poodle mix breeders conduct thorough health testing including DNA tests and hip scoring. Cross-bred dogs enjoy the benefits of increased genetic diversity and purebred dogs suffer reduced fitness from inbreeding depression

Poodles are one of the best dog breeds to cross because of their high intelligence, easy trainability, and their low-shedding and hypoallergenic coats. Furthermore, they are available in various sizes – so there is always a ‘Doodle’ for every need.

The popularity of the Doodle hybrid dogs grew in the 2000s when breeders started creating “the almost perfect dogs”: smart, compact, easy to train, and low shedding using the Poodle breed. One such dog was the Lhasadoodle or the Lhasapoo.

Physical Features of Lhasapoos – small size hypoallergenic and non-shedding

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The full-grown size of a Lhasapoo is a weight of around 15 pounds (6 to 7 kg) and about 9-13 inches (22 to 33 cm) tall at the withers.

There is no standardisation in Lhasapoos since they are not recognised by any major canine club. Also, breeders may use miniature or toy Poodles in their breeding programs, so the height and weight of Lhasapoos tend to vary greatly. 

Breeders most commonly cross a toy poodle stud with a female Lhasa Apso to create Toy Lhasapoo puppies. Similarly, some breed a Miniature Poodle stud over a lhasa apso female to create Mini Lhasapoos which are slightly bigger than Toy Lhasadoodles.

Lhasapoos can inherit a Poodle’s curly/wavy coat, or they might inherit the Lhasa Apso’s long-silky coat. In either case, your Lhasadoodle puppy is bound to be low-shedding and suitable for families where one or more members could have pet allergies.

When it comes to the Lhasapoo’s coat colours, again there are no standard colours. You could see these puppies in brown, white, merle, black, red, apricot, golden, sandy, honey, or combinations of these shades.

If the Lhasapoo is a small-size hypoallergenic poodle mix breed that is non-shedding; Are they Easy to Groom?

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Whether your Lhasapoo inherits a Poodle-like tight coat or the Lhasa Apso’s long coat, you will need to spend some time brushing it daily. Without grooming, your pet’s coat could get matted, and mats and knots are rather tough to eliminate, once formed. Moreover, they tend to attract debris and parasites.

Lhasapoo are a small-size hypoallergenic poodle mix breed that is non-shedding, therefore they are a breed that requires a moderate amount of maintenance.

Investing in a suitable brush and comb makes grooming a poodle mix breed significantly easier. 

Even if your puppy has a short, curly coat, it could develop skin issues if it is not brushed regularly. It is especially important that you take your Lhasapoo for professional grooming to get its hair trimmed every 6 weeks or so. Regular trims can give your puppy a neat and tidy appearance and could also prevent dirt, fleas, and ticks in your dog’s coat.

During the Summer months in Australia, it’s important to consider the length of your poodle mix breeds coat. Too much coat can cause a dog to overheat on a hot day. 

Lhasapoo’s Temperament – What Are the Pros and Cons of Owning a Lhasapoo?

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As with the physical characteristics, the temperament of a Lhasadoodle is not standardised. In general, we can say that these dogs are smart, confident, affectionate, and incredibly loyal. They have a light comical side that makes them excellent family pets.

On the downside, Lhasapoos do need plenty of puppy training to make sure they behave properly. They have a strong will which can pose a challenge while dog training because they think they know best. Furthermore, most Lhasapoos suffer from small dog syndrome, meaning that they need plenty of socialisation with other dogs to prevent that incessant barking.

Your Lhasapoo will quickly learn how to get what it wants, so you must make sure to train appropriate behaviours and prevent the rehearsal of bad behaviours such as barking for attention. Many Lhasapoos are also known to have a high prey drive. So, if you have rabbits, hamsters, or other small pets, do make sure your pet will not terrorise them. Also, when you walk your dog outdoors, you need to keep it on a leash otherwise, it might try to run off and chase small animals.

Lhasadoodles are generally wary of strangers as they inherit the ‘watchdog trait’ from their Lhasa Apso parent. They also have loud barks! Their barking at strangers can be annoying to neighbours close by so you will need to train calmness and impulse control with your Lhasapoo puppy.

Providing environmental enrichment such as stuffed Kongs, long-lasting chews and raw meaty bones can also help prevent separation anxiety and stop barking. Crate training is also invaluable for preventing common behaviour problems in poodle crossbreeds. 

Lhasapoos are confident dogs. They are also curious and love to explore everything. They also love being a part of family activities and hate being left alone at home.

Due to this reason, many Lhasapoos suffer from varying degrees of separation anxiety. Some tend to void indoors, tear up slippers or bed linen, or chew up furniture. You might consider bringing another dog to keep your Lhasapoo company or hire a pet sitter to watch your pet. You could also enrol your dog in a doggy daycare. It pays to exercise your dog well and provide passive calming activities such as long-lasting chew treats; since tired dogs usually do not have the energy left to indulge in negative or destructive behaviour.

Given that the Lhasapoo is a small hypoallergenic poodle mix breed that does not shed, they make an excellent companion dog for kids and the elderly. They know this fact and take their job seriously. Sure, many Lhasapoos tend to bond with one person in the family, but they aren’t the kind of dogs that will stick to one person.

Intelligent dogs like Lhasapoos are prone to boredom and they need plenty of mental stimulation to prevent it. Obedience training can be one aspect of keeping your pet mentally active, but you must keep the training sessions fun. This is a dog that knows what is in his/her interest, so they are less willing than other dogs to engage in games they do not enjoy.

How Much is a Lhasapoo?


There is no standardisation in a Lhasapoo’s price. Most breeders charge between $1500 and $3000 for Lhasapoo puppies for sale. Always research the Lhasa Poo breeder thoroughly before buying your puppy. Ask about the health checks they have conducted on the parent dogs. This is important to ensure getting a healthy puppy.

Some unscrupulous backyard breeders and puppy farms advertise their puppies for sale at cheap prices. It is best to steer clear of such breeders as they are breeding for profit and rarely health test their breeding dogs. Cross-breeding can be done ethically and the best poodle mix breeders utilise science-based health testing. 

In addition to your puppy’s price, you will also spend on its vaccinations and medical/dental care, food, training, grooming, pet insurance, etc. Most dog owners in the US spend around $15,000 to $22,000 or more over their dog’s lifetime.

What to Feed a Lhasa Apso-Poodle Mix?


Your Lhasapoo puppy can eat the same food it was eating at the breeder’s home. Later, as your pet grows, you can find out the best food for your adult dog after seeking your vet nutritionist’s advice. Most Lhasapoo owners prefer feeding kibble or dry dog food as it is convenient. These small dogs tend to have dental issues because of their tiny jaws – they make it difficult to clean the back side of the oral cavity.

Including raw meaty bones in your poodle mix breed’s diet can help to clean teeth, freshen breath and prevents you from spending $100’s on vet bills for dental cleans.

Always select high-quality dog food with premium ingredients. Avoid dog foods that are packed with fillers like corn, wheat, and soy. Many Lhasapoos have sensitive digestion and might need grain-free and hypoallergenic foods formulated especially for sensitive dogs. Your vet nutritionist can guide you in this matter.

Health Issues and Lifespan of Lhasapoos

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Like their parent breeds, Lhasapoos have a long life compared to many other dog breeds. Most Lhasapoos live for 14-16 years. Their long lifespan combined with the fact that Lhasapoos are a small-size hypoallergenic, non-shed poodle mix breed, makes them popular family dogs.

Some of the health concerns in the breed include hip and joint issues, eye problems, dental diseases, renal disease, and intervertebral disc disease. These are diseases seen in the Lhasa Apso parent. They could also inherit some Poodle health conditions like epilepsy, skin problems, luxating patellar, Addison’s disease, joint issues, etc.

Good breeding practices can ensure that these designer puppies do not inherit these genetic conditions.

Lhasapoo puppies for sale and Breeders in Australia

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Although the Lhasa Apso x Poodle is among the best poodle mix breeds, it is also an extremely rare poodle mix breed in Australia. Most small, cute, cuddly and hypoallergenic poodle mix breeds are popular family dogs.  If you can’t find a Lhasapoo for sale near you, you might need to join a waitlist.

If you’re having trouble finding Lhasapoo breeders or puppies for sale near you, consider looking for a rescue or other similar poodle mix breeds such as the English Boodle, Papi-PooBichoodle, Cavoodle, Chi-Poo, Yorki-Poo, PeekaPoo, DoxiePoo, ShihPoo, Schnoodle, Bichoodle, Standard Schnoodle, Mini or Standard Bordoodle,  Roodle, Shepadoodle, Labradoodle, Aussiedoodle or Groodle.

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