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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

Yorkie-Apso (Yorkshire Terrier and Lhasa Apso mix)

Yorkie-Apso is a mixed breed the result of crossing a Yorkshire Terrier with a Lhasa Apso. She can also be called a Yorkieapso, Yorkshire Apso and Yorkielhasha. She is a small dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years and she often takes part in agility. She is a calm and loyal dog who is affectionate and suitable for adult owners more than ones with children.

Here is the Yorkie-Apso at a Glance
Average height 8 to 11 inches
Average weight 7 to 15 pounds
Coat type Long, medium, silky
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare to occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Moderate to good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? As above
Good with other Pets? As above
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately difficult
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to average
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Patellar Luxation, Skin problems, Kidney problems, PSS, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea,
Other Health Concerns Dental problems, allergies, reverse sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $400 to $1500
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630

Where does the Yorkie-Apso come from?

It is thought the Yorkie-Apso, another example of a designer dog, originates in the USA, though who, why and when is not known! Designer dogs are a vry popular option for people looking for pet dogs nowadays, thanks partly to the fact a lot of celebrities are also opting for them over purebreds. A designer dog tends to come about when two purebreds are crossed. Many are also given a blended name of their parents. While there are some trustworthy breeders out there for designer dogs there are a worrying amount of bad ones and puppy mills, which is why some people have a negative view of them. Make sure you avoid buying from those kinds of breeders.

With nothing else known about the Yorkie-Apso we can look at her parents to see where they come from and the kind of instincts and personalities that might be going into this offspring. Keep in mind there are no promises when it comes to what puppy takes after what parent and what traits they all get. Even in the same litter there are big differences, a breeder might hope and promise the best of both parents, but in fact anything could happen.

The Yorkshire Terrier

In England in the mid 19th century Scottish workers came looking for work in Yorkshire bringing with them a dog called the Paisley Terrier or Clydesdale Terrier. They were used for catching rats and mice around the mills. These were crossed with other terriers and in 1861 we see the first Yorkshire Terrier in a show called a broken haired Scotch Terrier. In 1870 they started to refer to them as Yorkshire Terriers because that is where most of the breeding and development had happened. In America the earliest record of one being born there is in 1872.

Today the Yorkie as they are often referred to is a confident and clever small dog with quite an intrepid spirit. They can have a range of personalities, some are more cuddly, some are more active, some are mischievous. One thing most Yorkies have in common though is if you spoil them too much they can become quite a handful!

The Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is considered a sacred dog in Tibet. His name comes from Lhasa the holy city there. He has been around for thousands of years and was not a dog owned by common people until very recently. He was bred by nobility and monks only and his purpose was to protect and guard them. The Dalai Lama has gifted pairs of this dog to people in other countries he deemed worthy, and that was the only way the dog was allowed to leave Tibet. The dog was believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. He came to America in 1933 when a pair were gifted to a naturalist and world traveler. He then used them as his foundation for a kennel.

The Lhasa Apso today is still very much a protector and watchdog. He will remain aloof with strangers until he gets used to them and judges they are not a threat. He does take longer to mature than most dogs and has an interesting mix of traits being playful but regal, happy and fierce, devoted but independent. He has to be taught and reminded often who is pack leader. He does not require a lot of activity. While he is independent he will follow you to stay close to you.


The Yorkie-Apso is a very calm and loyal dog but is best in a house with one or two adults only rather than as part of a family with children. With adult owners she is affectionate and a great companion. She can be playful, loves to get lots of attention and is friendly. She loves to be with you and in fact can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long. She is a sensitive dog and prefers to also be the only dog in the house! She can be inquisitive, sometimes overly so, and loves to cuddle but also loves to go on walks. She is smart but can get little dog syndrome when not properly trained.

What does the Yorkie-Apso look like

The Yorkie-Apso is a small dog weighing just 7 to 15 pounds and standing 8 to 11 inches tall. She has flappy ears or erect ears, a round head, deep almond shaped eyes, medium muzzle and black nose. She has a medium length tail and her coat can be like either parents but can be medium to long, silky and straight. Common colors are brown, silver, black, white, tan and gray.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Yorkie-Apso need to be?

She is a slightly active dog, she does have energy and loves to play and go for walks but her size means not much is needed to satisfy her! She can easily live in an apartment with no yard as she can still play and run around even in small spaces. Trips to the dog park would be a great treat too though, and of course if there is a yard she would love to play and investigate in it.

Does she train quickly?

She is not an especially quick or easy dog to train and that is why she may not be best for a first time owner. House training is also something that will take time and patience. But it is important to stick with it as not skip either early socialization or training. She will be better and happier for it. Be firm and consistent with your approach, keep it positive too. If you are finding it hard to stay patient or feel you are not getting past er stubborn side consider getting professional help or taking her to a training school.

Living with a Yorkie-Apso

How much grooming is needed?

She has moderate grooming needs. Her coat should be brushed or combed daily, she is low shedding so there is less vacuuming to do and as both parents are hypoallergenic she is too. Give her a bath when she really needs one to avoid affecting her skin oils, in between you could try dry shampooing. Her ears need to be checked and wiped clean once a week. Her nails should be clipped when they get too long. Her teeth should be brushed at least three times a week. Because her coat can get long and difficult regular trimming will be needed at a professional groomers.

What is she like with children and other animals?

As mentioned she is not a great dog with children. She is best in homes with adults only and if children are visiting they should be shown how to be nice with dogs and supervised. Sometimes when she is raised with children and with socialization and good training it may be possible for her to accept them. She also does not really get on with other pets or dogs though again it can happen with some help!

General information

She has a low watch dog ability, she barks rarely to occasionally and needs to be fed ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry dog food a day, split into at least two meals. Ideally she should be kept where the climate is moderate.

Health Concerns

When you are getting a puppy you should visit where she is coming from to see the conditions there. Also ask to see parental health clearances to try to avoid having a puppy who may inherit a bunch of health issues from her parents. For the Yorkie-Apso those issues include things like Eye problems, Patellar Luxation, Skin problems, Kidney problems, PSS, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Dental problems, allergies and reverse sneezing.

Costs involved in owning a Yorkie-Apso

This puppy could cost between $400 to $1500. Some of the following other costs may be covered in that price but if not you will need to pay for blood tests, shots, deworming, crate, carrier, chipping, spaying, collar and leash. That comes to $360 to $400. Yearly medical costs for just the essentials like check ups, pet insurance, flea prevention and shots come to between $435 to $535. Yearly non-medical costs for things like grooming, treats, license, training, toys and food come to between $530 to $630.


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The Yorkie-Apso is a lovely dog but she is not suitable for everyone. She is best in homes with adults only where she gets the attention she wants. She also needs an owner with experience and who is committed to early socialization and training.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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