La-Chon: The Bichon Frise & Lhasa Apso Mix

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The La-Chon is the hybrid breed of the Bichon Frise and the Lhasa Apso. Both of the parenting breeds are small, pretty looking dogs, but they couldn’t be different in their mannerisms.

One is traditionally a guard dog, and the other is a toy dog, and most wouldn’t think that this would make such a good match, but they would be mistaken in saying so.

La-Chons are some of the happiest, friendliest, and most lovable little house pets that you could ever own.

They are social dogs who love to be around their human families, and they get along great with small children.

They are fiercely loyal and are sometimes known for acting twice their size if they get in a disagreement with another dog, but for the most part, they enjoy the company of other dogs.

Let’s take a look at the parenting breeds, as this is sometimes the best way to predict the behavior of the hybrid.

The Bichon Frise is a small toy dog that’s very popular in Europe and has quite an interesting history.

Although the name is French, which was where the dog grew in popularity, this small dog is thought to have originated in Spain.

They were often taken on voyages by sailors since they had no fear of the water and would serve as friendly companions, and make sure there was no vermin in the ship.

At some point, a few of these dogs were traded with some Italian merchants who brought them to France.

There they quickly became favored by nobles and royalty for their friendly demeanor and their ease of training. They were also commonly seen in circuses.

The Bichon Frise is very easy to train and could do a wide variety of different tricks. The famous painter Francisco De Goya had a couple of these dogs and would often feature them in his works.

The Lhasa Apso has its origins in the mountains of Tibet. Buddhist monks who lived in the hills would often use them as guard dogs for the inner sanctum.

Because these temples often had precious artifacts, they were sometimes a target for desperate thieves and those who didn’t have any respect for the Buddhist religion had no problem breaking into the temples late at night and stealing.

The Lhasa Apso has a keen sense of hearing and sight, not to mention a loud, pointed bark which made them ideal guard dogs for the monks.

When you combine these two breeds into the hybrid La-Chon, you get quite an interesting combination.

These dogs are great companions that are incredibly easy to train, but they can also make good guard dogs if they inherit certain character traits form the Lhasa Apso.

La-Chon Puppies – Before You Buy…

La-Chon laying on carpet
The La-Chon is a perfect match for any owner.

These fluffy, energetic dogs are great for most small homes, but they do have some specific requirements.

They are quite energetic and need lots of space to run around, not to mention they are in constant need of human companionship.

They don’t do well if they’re left alone, and it can cause them to develop some destructive habits. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions asked by first-time buyers.

What Price are La-Chon Puppies?

The La-Chon can have quite a bit of variation in their pricing. It all depends on the parenting dogs.

If the parenting dogs have an exceptional pedigree and come from high-end breeders, then you will pay close to $1,000 for your La-Chon pup, but if the parents don’t come from show-quality stock, then you may only pay around $600 for your La-Chon.

How to Find Reputable La-Chon Breeders?

These dogs can look a lot like small Terrier crosses. They have the same expressive features, and some even share the same demeanor.

It’s not unheard of for dishonest breeders to try and pass off a small mutt that they got for free from the shelter as a La-Chon.

be sure that you’re getting an authentic La-Chon, it’s important to find a breeder who has a reputation to maintain and who you won’t have to worry about trying to deceive you.

With this dog especially, it’s a good idea to take a look at the parenting dogs’ pedigree papers to make sure that the dog is really worth the price that the breeder is putting on him.

3 Little-known facts about La-Chon puppies

  1. Even as a puppy, the La-Chon has a lot of energy. They will need to be given at least 35 minutes a day of outside playtime.
  2. These dogs are very social animals and love to be around other people and other small dogs.
  3.  La-Chons need to be socialized with their families at puppyhood as they will form lasting bonds at an early age.
La-Chon laying on back
The La Chon is always active.

Physical Traits of the La-Chon

La-Chons are quite small. As puppies, they look like little teddy bears, and you can practically hold them in your hands.

Once they grow up, they are still small enough to pick up and carry around, although they may object to that as some prefer to be left on the ground.

Their fur is silky smooth, and you will feel like petting it all day long. It has a medium length and is usually thick and wavy.

This is the combination of the Lhasa Apso and the Bichon Frise.

Lhasa is known for having long, straight hair, and the Bichon is known for having very short curly hair, similar to that of a poodle.

you combine the two, you get the wavy, smooth texture of the La-Chon.

Their hair is incredibly easy to groom and brush. If you run a brush through it once every few days, then they’ll look like a high-class show dog every day of the week.

Despite their long hair, they don’t shed much at all. You may have to worry about a little bit of shedding once they get older, but while they’re still young, it won’t ever be a problem.

La-Chons have very expressive faces. They have a medium-length snout that ends in a small, black button-shaped nose. Their eyes are rather deep-set and are usually dark brown or black.

They have an understanding stare and are known for giving their owners the infamous puppy dog eyes when you have something that they want.

How Big is a Full-Grown La-Chon?

La-Chons are classified as a small-sized dog.

The heaviest that they will grow to be is right around 20 pounds, and that is only if they’re a male and inherit a larger physical size from the Lhasa Apso parent.

In general, they have an average weight of around 17 or 18 pounds.

Looking at their height, they are usually between 16 and 18 inches tall. This is due to the long legs that the La-Chon often inherits from the Bichon Frise.

Their small size makes them ideal pets for a small home, but they will still need to get plenty of exercise outside.

What is the Life Expectancy of the La-Chon?

One of the reasons people love the La-Chon so much is that they have very long lifespans for small dogs. On average, they can live to be up to 16 or 17 years old.

This makes them great family dogs if you don’t want your family to have to go through the pain of losing a pet every 8 or 9 years like you would have to worry about with larger dogs.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the La-Chon

La-Chon out in the snow
The La-Chons have very expressive faces.

These dogs are very intelligent little creatures. Both of the parenting breeds are known for their intelligence and their ease of training.

In fact, the Bichon Frise was often used as a circus dog because they were so easy to train. Their long legs meant that they could perform a wide variety of tricks and aerobatic maneuvers.

The La-Chon is no different. If you can ply them with a few of their favorite treats, then they can be taught to do just about any trick in the book.

La-Chons have a very laid back temperament, and they are rarely ever angry or irritable.

They are known for their friendly demeanors and will go out of their way to satisfy and please their human companions. La-Chons also have a high degree of emotional intelligence.

They can tell when a person is sad or depressed and will do everything in their power to try and comfort them.

Some of these dogs will be a bit wary of strangers and are known to bark when they sense people coming to the front door or passing by your house.

This is due to their Lhasa Apso ancestry which was often used as guard dogs. Once a proper introduction has been made, however, you’ll find that these dogs are very sociable.

The La-Chon’s Diet

La-Chons are quite small and will rarely need more than 2 cups of food a day, and that’s only if they are very active. Usually, they will be perfectly satisfied with 1.5 cups of food per day.

They do best when they are fed three times a day, and adapt to their owners eating schedule. It’s best to feed them breakfast, lunch, and dinner on your eating schedule.

How Much Exercise Does the La-Chon Need?

Even though they are often considered toy dogs and look like a lap dog, they are quite active for their size.

They will need to be walked or let outside for at least 30 minutes a day, and will happily stay out for longer if they are allowed.

If they don’t get proper exercise, they can become depressed and lethargic.

La-Chon Health and Conditions

La-Chons are very hardy dogs as both of the parents are relatively disease-free breeds.

In their older age, you may have to worry about them encountering kidney issues which will cause them to have a loose bladder and to sometimes pee inside the house accidentally.

Another target area is their eyes, which can often become infected if the surrounding hair gets too dirty or greasy. This can be easily averted if you wash them a couple of times a month, however.

Final Thoughts on the La-ChonLa-Chon guide

If you want a small, loveable little dog that is known for its loyal and friendly demeanor, then the La-Chon is a perfect match for you.

Despite their small size, they are anything but a boring lap dog. They love to run around and play outside and will get along with the entire family.

La-Chon’s can also be very affordable which is another plus!

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