Height: 10-18 in.
Weight: 8-20 lbs
Color: Solid, Bi & Tri-color: Black, white, brown, cream
Origin: United States
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Temperament: Intelligent, willful, affectionate, cheerful, energetic
Original Use: Companionship
The Lhasa Chon, or the La Chon is a relatively new designer breed whose parents are the Tibetan Lhasa Apso and the Bichon Frise. They’re a happy-go-lucky and affectionate breed that loves to cuddle with their owners. They’re also hypo-allergenic, but do require daily brushing,especially for longer coats.
The Lhasa Chon is very intelligent but also willful. Training may be a bit difficult at times because of their stubborn streak but it’s nothing that a little positive reinforcement and consistency can’t fix. Early socialization in addition to training is a necessity for this breed, and crate training is also recommended.
The Lhasa Chon, while energetic, is not an overly active dog. They require moderate exercise in the form of short walks as well as interactive playtime. They do well in apartments but a home with a fenced-in yard is a plus as it will allow them to engage in their curious nature. They are also known to chase other animals, so letting them off the leash is not a good idea.
Lhasa Chons are fiercely loyal and loving towards their families, and they do well with small children. They may exhibit “small dog syndrome” from time to time with other dogs, but overall they enjoy the company of other dogs. Depending on which parent breed they take after more, the Lhasa Chon may or may not be independent—meaning they may not do well when left alone.