Schapso

History of Parents

The Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed originally from Tibet. About 4,000 years ago Tibetan monks domesticated a small breed of Himalayan mountain wolf. They actively bred the dog as a watchdog in monasteries and temples. The breed which was for long considered sacred and a good omen appeared in Britain in the 1920’s. The breed came to the USA in the 1930’s, and it was a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama. The AKC recognized the breed in 1935. The modern breed is a smart, confident, complex dog. It’s a family comedian but aloof and suspicious of strangers. The Miniature Schnauzer is a little, sturdy dog originally bred from Standard Schnauzers. The Schnauzer originated from Germany and can be recognized in some 15th-century pictures. The modern Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable small companion.

Physical Appearance

The dog is as little as its parents. When fully grown, the mixed breed can weigh between 12-25 pounds. A Schapso’s coat can be soft, curly or wiry. The coat can vary in length. The most common colors for this hybrid are black, gray, white, and black and tan.

Temperament

Schapsos are known for being frisky, playful and very outgoing dogs. This small cross breed is also affectionate, friendly, loving, loyal, energetic, and intelligent. Schapsos make good family pets. When properly socialized, they are good with Kids. They are usually playful, energetic and affectionate around them. They, however, have a low watchdog ability and don’t bark much.

Care

Schapsos are smart and intelligent dogs. Training them is moderately easy. However, their trainer must be firm, consistent and fair. Don’t let their cuteness and “leader of the pack attitude” get in the way of discipline. Schapsos shed regularly. Brushing can reduce shedding and make the dog’s fur softer and cleaner. For dogs with a longer coat, brushing can be daily or several times a week. Trim short the coat around the eyes, ears, feet and anal area. You should also bathe the dog as required. The Schapso is a small dog that is slightly active. It requires about a half to one cup of nutritious dry dog food daily.

Health Concerns

The majority of Lhasa Apsos and Miniature Schnauzers are healthy dogs. However, like all breeds, these two breeds, and their mixed breed can suffer a few health concerns. Significant challenges include eye diseases, renal dysplasia, and luxating patellas,
Schapsos have a minimum life expectancy of 13 years and a maximum life expectancy of 15 years.

Schapso