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Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix

The Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Hokkaido and the Lhasa Apso. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Hokkaido is known for docile, bold, and dignified. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Hokkaido or the Lhasa Apso? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix.

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix puppies for sale.

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Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Hokkaido History

The Hokkaido dog is a Spitz type of working dog. Other names of the breed include Ainu-ken, Seta, and Ainu dog. It originated on the main island of Hokkaido in Japan. It is crazy to think but some experts think the Hokkaido is one of the oldest dog breeds to exist. That is saying something because there are some really old breeds of dogs, including the Greyhound, etc.
Of course, they were originally bred to hunt. Being that they are an island breed they have not interbred with a lot of other dogs. However, they do have a black tongue which hints that they might be related to the Chow Chow or Shar Pei.
They are a tough and fearless breed that are willing to help hunt and pursue bears.

Lhasa Apso History

The Lhasa Apso—at one point called Lhasa Terrier—originated in Tibet. The origination of the name has two different ideas on the translation. The first being that Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and the word “apso” means “bearded” in the Tibetan language. This means the first translation could mean “long-haired Lhasa dog.” The other suggestion is that the word “apso” is a form of the Tibetan word “rapso” which means “goat-like.” This means the other translation could be “wooly Lhasa dog.”

A Lhasa Apso was bred inside of the Buddhist monasteries with the main purpose of alerting the monks to any trespassers who entered. Today the Lhasa Apso is a non-sporting dog and mostly enjoyed as a companion more than anything else.

The origin of the Lhasa Apso breed dates back to Tibet over 4,000 years ago. The Lhasa Apso started as a small breed of mountain wolf. Around 800 B.C. it’s said that the Lhasa Apso was domesticated and then actively bred. If this is the case, then that would make the Lhasa Apso one of the oldest breeds in the world.

A few of the Lhasa Apso were brought home by military men in the early 1900s when they returned from the Indian subcontinent. The Lhasa Apso were never sold; they were only ever gifted. The first American pair of Lhasa Apsos were a gift from Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, to C. Suydam Cutting in 1933.

The American Kennel Club officially accepted the breed into its list of dogs in 1935 and added it to the Terrier Group. Later in 1959, it was then transferred to the Non-Sporting Group. The breed’s standard was approved by the American Kennel Club in July 1978.

Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix Size and Weight

Height: 18 - 20 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 44 - 66 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Lhasa Apso
Height: 10 - 11 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 11 - 18 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years

Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix Personality

The Hokkaido and the Lhasa Apso might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.

Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Hokkaido mixed with the Lhasa Apso might be prone to joint dysplasia, anxiety, luxating patella, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.

Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix Care

What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.

Hokkaido Lhasa Apso Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."

Hokkaido Links

Hokkaido Ken

Animal Shelter

World Dog Finder

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