ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu: Adopting and Raising a Designer Cross Between Lhasa and Shitzu

Updated on November 1, 2020
DGtal Montage profile image

An ardent animal lover, raising an adorable Shih Apso pup, learning new things about him every day.

Shih Apso: Reason for Our Choice

Ever since we were kids both Suddha (my husband) and myself wished to raise a pup (or rather lots of them) of our own. We grew up with dogs but to actually adopt one and raise one in our adult life was a commitment that we cherished long. When we were locked up by the fatal Covid19 threat inside our homes we began to actually think about the possibility of getting a pup. This was because, now that I was going to be stuck indoors for a longer period than my usual job as a college teacher allows me, we could give the puppy all the attention he or she deserved in the initial period of adoption.

Now that we had already decided to get a puppy we faced the worst problem, which breed do we choose? We loved all dogs, but we wanted a dog that would find us and our home good enough. My husband, with his chronic COPD and Debilitating AS condition is not ready to own an athletic breed which needs lots of exercise, he is also prone to allergies if a dog shed a lot of hair. We live in a small house with an even smaller backyard. We were not offering much to the dog that was going to be part of our lives, but we had a lot of concerns:

1. Non Shedding

2. Small Size

3. Independent (Does not need constant attention)

4. Lower Health Issues

5. Availability for Adoption.

Going through a million videos and articles online we zeroed in on either Shih Tzu or Lhasa. We knew we were signing up for a lifetime of grooming grooming and more grooming. We never knew that this decision will mean so much at the end when we finally ended up with a cross designer breed Shih Apso, who will always make us wonder if he is more like his Lhasa mom or SHih Tzu dad for he keeps switching between his Shih mode and Apso mode.

So that is the story behind adopting Pongo, the most wonderful and most enigmatic member of our family.

Pongo: The Shih Apso Puppy
Pongo: The Shih Apso Puppy | Source

Shih Apso: A little bit about the parents.

The Shih Apso (or Lhasa Tzu) happens to be a cross breed between Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso. So we did a bit of research on the parent breeds to have some understanding of Pongo's potential concerns and issues.

Lhasa Apso is an ancient Tibetan breed, considered to be a blessing to a household. They were bred and raised by Tibetan Monks and guarded the monasteries, warning the massive mastiff dogs about any impending threat. That means they were bred as a sturdy, healthy breed with strong protective but independent streaks.

Shih Tzu, on the other hand, was bred as a companion dog by cross breeding Lhasa with Pekingese to serve as companion dogs to chinese emperors. Wait a minute, that means a Shih Tzu already has half a bit of Lhasa in it! That makes a Shih Apso a 75% Lhasa? Funny question but that is what we really found out.

Shih Tzus are different from Lhasa in not just their temperament (Shih loves a cuddle far more than Apso) but also their snout and coat. While a Lhasa shows a longer snout and more dense coat, a Shih Tzu has a silkier coat. A Shih Apso may inherit any of the above traits. Our Pongo looks much more like his Lhasa mom since his coat parts easily in the middle and he has a dense undercoat. Temperamentally? Well, that needs a separate article altogether I guess.

Pongo: The Shih Apso pup we adopted

His mommy is a purebred Lhasa Apso. His daddy is a black and white Shih Tzu. He won our hearts right when we saw him. Bred at a dog farm in the suburbs, the cute little fluff-ball was full of healthy energy without an ounce of bitterness. It took him less than 10 minutes to bond with each and every member of our family. We had apprehensions about the breed being aloof and stubborn. However, the first moments eased us into a hopeful cheer. In forthcoming articles I will give detailed account of how I groom him, what supplements we serve him, his feeding and training patterns and his mood swings.

© 2020 Monami


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)