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German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog

  • WEIGHT: 75 to 95 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 22 to 26 inches
  • COLOR(S): Solid black or tan/gold with a black saddle; black nose, grey with lighter or brown markings (sables). Whites, livers, and blues not recognized.
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
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Lhasapoo

BREED GROUP: Toy
WEIGHT: 12 to 20 lbs
HEIGHT: 9 to 13 inches
COLOR(S): Black, cream, white, apricot, and brown; may be solid or patterned.
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DESCRIPTION

A Lhasapoo is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Lhasa Apso and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the the Poodle's nonshedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. Lhasapoos are described as frivolous, bold and a bit of a guard dog, yet an adoring lapdog, fluffy and sweet. They'll masquerade as a tough character, but in reality won’t really be able to take on anyone. They will not cower away and will try their best to protect their master. Lhasapoo is actually quite the glamour dog, smart and feisty at times, but sometimes tries to figure out to creatively disobey commands. They will fully give their heart to the chosen few, but they will still hold back on affection. Lhasapoos are quite active and loves to play, running and romping, but not fetching. This breed can be hypoallergenic, since it is bred with a Poodle, known to be a good breed for allergy sufferers.

TEMPERAMENT

Tough-dog temperament, a bit sassy, yet sweet and playful.

GROOMING

Low shedding, long and lush coats that require high maintenance.

HEALTH

Generally a very healthy dog. Sometimes they have skin problems if the coat is not kept free of parasites. They do have a slight tendency to get hip dysplasia. Also kidney problems, eye problems and bleeding ulcers.

EXERCISE

Lhasapoos need regular walks and playtime to stay healthy.

TRAINING

Easier to train than Lhasa Apso parents because of higher intelligence.



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