Facts & Origin
What is a La Pom?
The "La Pom", also known as the Lhasa Apso and Dwarf Spitz mix, is an adorable hybrid breed.
This dog is bred from the cross of two purebred dogs: the Lhasa Apso, a lap dog originating from Tibet, and the Zwergspitz, also known as the Pomeranian, which has its roots in Poland and Germany. Both breeds are known for their playfulness and robust health, which is also true of their mixed breed offspring.
|Origin||Tibet - Germany|
|Life expectancy||12 - 16 years|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character traits and suitability
The La Pom has a friendly and playful disposition. Thanks to its small size, the La Pom is ideal for city living, or as an apartment dog, as it does not require much room for exercise. That being said, the La Pom will still need several walks a day and regular playtime to expend their energy and stay happy.
With their strong sense of attachment to their owners, La Poms make excellent social and therapy dogs. They get along well with children and other pets, making them perfect companions for families or individuals looking for a loyal, fun-loving friend.
Overall, the La Pom is a lovable, loyal, and low-maintenance companion that will bring a lot of joy to their owners. They excel in courage, energy and friendly nature and prove to be an asset in any home.
Health and care
In terms of health, La Poms are generally healthier than their purebred parents due to their mixed breed roots. However, there are some health conditions to watch out for, such as hip dysplasia and eye disease.
La Poms generally have a dense, long coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and skin problems. Regular trimming is also recommended to keep their coats manageable and healthy. It is equally important to ensure regular vet visits for preventative care and vaccinations. Bathing should only be done when necessary to avoid stripping the skin's natural oils.
Nutrition is another important aspect to consider. Due to their small size, they are prone to problems with ob esity, therefore it is wise to monitor their food intake and ensure that they receive a nutritious and balanced diet. Additionally, they need regular physical activity to maintain their health and fitness.
Breeding the La Pom
When breeding a La Pom, it is important to choose healthy parents and provide them with proper care and attention. A responsible breeder will also ensure that the puppies are well socialized and prepared for life in a new home.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The Lhasa Apso and Miniature Spitz mix is a small, yet stocky dog with an average shoulder height between 17 inches and 30 inches.
They have a dense, fluffy coat that comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, brown, gray and cream. Their eyes are dark and their ears usually hang to the side. Their round head and bushy tail, often carried bent over their back, give them a delightful appearance.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
Often occurs in old age.
Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.
Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.
A La Pom is a hybrid breed created by crossing a Lhasa Apso with a Pomeranian.
La Poms are small to medium sized dogs and usually reach a shoulder height of 17 to 30 cm.
Yes, they are generally friendly and good-natured dogs, but they also display the typical alertness of their parent breeds.
Yes, they should be brushed regularly to keep them healthy and clean. Additionally, they should be brought in for a professional grooming at least once a year to reduce matting, which is common in long-haired dogs like the La Pom.