This small toy dog is a cross between the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso and it’s commonly known as the Shih Apso or the Lhasa Tzu. These small dogs are usually light in coloring and come in shades of tan, fawn, white or gray. They have a typical toy dog appearance with a small head on a slightly larger body. They are hairy dogs with two coats, one shorter undercoat and a long either straight or wavy outer coat. Their faces have a squashed appearance and usually have darker markings or patches on it. Typically these dogs have longer hair around their faces and a distinct long mustache. They have long floppy ears and a short stubby tail. These dogs are known for their strong thighs and lion shaped body which earned them their nickname “Lion dog” among the Tibetan monks. These friendly dogs are loyal pets and are eager to please their owners.
Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso mix temperament:
These cute dogs are a favorite among many people not only for their sweet toy-like looks but also for its charming and friendly nature. Typically they take the best traits from their parents. It takes its bold behavior from the Shih Tzu and at times it can be quite energetic. While it is a playful and friendly dog it can be quite standoffish with strangers. This dog needs a lot of socialization with small children and other animals. .
Shih Apso health problems:
This dog lives between 12-14 years and because of its mixed breed it rarely suffers from any of the illnesses that purebred dogs suffer from, however, it can suffer from joint and eye problems. To make sure that your dog has not inherited any of its purebred parents’ conditions potential owners should always check its parents.
This dog needs to live indoors and it is sensitive to extreme heat. Because of its small size it is the perfect dog for first time dog owners who live in an apartment.
Shih Apso exercise:
This dog does not need a lot of exercise but it does love being accompanied outdoors. Short walks of about 20 minutes are ideal and the rest of the time small toys can be given as a form of stimulation.
Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso mix grooming:
These dogs have long hair with two coats and they need to be brushed on a daily basis to keep their hair tangle free. To keep their coat sleek and shiny it is recommended to wash them once a month. As they can have eye discharge at times it is recommended to take a damp Kleenex and wipe under their eyes in an outwards direction to keep the eye area clean and to prevent them from getting infected.
This dog does not shed much and it is ideal for those people who suffer from allergies. It is an ideal dog for older people as very little maintenance is needed and they make great companions.