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The Be-Apso is a mixed or cross dog who is the offspring of the Beagle and the Lhasa Apso. He has a life span of 12 to 15 years and has talents in watchdog. He is a small dog who is more independent than some lapdogs and is very curious and inquisitive about everything around him.

The Be-Apso has strong protective instincts and will be very loyal. He is affectionate and inquisitive and sometimes very entertaining! He is not easy to train and he will need patience for that but he can be with people who are not able to be very active for whatever reason.

Here is the Be-Apso at a Glance
Average height 10 to 14 inches
Average weight 8 to 20 pounds
Coat type Straight, medium, silky, smooth
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Lhasa Apso can be)
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to very good depending on which parent he takes more after
Barking Moderate
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent, he is the right size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – may be better with experienced owner
Trainability Difficult
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, kidney problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections, allergies, SA
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Be-Apso come from?

It is thought that the Be-Apso originates in the USA where many though not all other designer dogs also come from. These first generation (sometimes second) dogs are a popular trend and has grown more so over the last 2 decades. Most are created from breeding two purebred dogs and a lot are given names that blend parts of the parent names together. While there are some acceptable breeders of designer dogs there are a lot of bad ones. Avoid places like that and puppy mills who have such poor practices and no care for their animals. With no other origins known about the Be-Apso we can look at the parents to see something about what goes into them.

The Beagle

You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.

Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!

The Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is seen as a sacred dog in Tibet. His name comes from the holy city there. He has been around for thousands of years and was bred by nobility and monks only. 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 left Tibet. He was meant to bring good fortune and prosperity. He came to America in 1933 when a pair were gifted to a naturalist and world traveler who used them as his foundation for a kennel.

Today he is still very much a protector and watchdog. He is aloof with strangers until he gets used to them. He takes 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 reminded often who is pack leader. He does not require a lot of activity and though independent he will follow you to stay close.



The Be-Apso is a curious and inquisitive dog who is loyal to his owner and family and affectionate too. He can be sweet and friendly and loves to play. He is intelligent and can be somewhat mischievous and clownish in behavior which is entertaining most of the time. He also can be very protective and determined and while he is short he is strong and so will act to defend you if needed. Unless there is a real threat though he should not be aggressive. He is wary of strangers and while friendly he needs to get used to you before he offers that friendship. He likes to be close to you and is likely to follow you around the house though he does actually have a somewhat independent nature too. That independent side though means he is more able to handle being left alone without having problems with anxiety.

What does the Be-Apso look like

He is a small dog weighing 8 to 20 pounds and measuring 10 to 14 inches tall. He usually has floppy ears, a compact but strong body, short legs and a coat that can be medium, silky, smooth and dense. Common colors are brown, white, black and cream.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Be-Apso need to be?

He is a slightly active dog so that along with his small size means he is perfectly suited to living in an apartment as long as he gets some outside time every day. He will play indoors as part of his needs and then a couple of short walks a day will be sufficient. As with any dog though trips to a dog park where he can run free and play games with you would be enjoyed. Access to a yard is not necessary though if he has one that is another place he can play if it is fenced in correctly.

Does he train quickly?

He is intelligent but he can also be stubborn. Training really depends on how much stubborn he inherits! Ideally he is not best suited to new owners, he needs someone who can firmly establish themselves as his leader while still being positive with their training techniques. Use treats, rewards, praise as means of motivation and encouragement. Stay patient and be consistent. His house training may also be difficult. Early socialization and training are a key part of ensuring he becomes the best dog he can be. If need be look to getting professional help in the form of a school or professional.

Living with a Be-Apso

How much grooming is needed?

He has moderate needs in terms of maintenance and should be brushed around three times a week to keep his coat looking healthy and free of loose hair. He sheds a low to moderate amount and can be hypoallergenic as the Lhasa Apso can be but it is not a guarantee. Do not give him a bath too often as that can dry out his skin. Just give one when he really needs it and use a sensitive dog shampoo. Brush his teeth two to three times a week, check his ears and wipe them clean once a week and clip his nails when they get too long.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He tends to be very good to excellent with children, he will play with them and be affectionate and even protective of them. Young children should be taught how to be careful and monitored especially if your Be-Apso is at the smaller end of his size range. He may have a chasing instinct when it comes to other pets and he will need early socialization for that and for getting along with other dogs.

General information

He barks a moderate amount and is alert so can be a good watchdog who will bark to let you know of approaching strangers, or intruders. He should be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns


There are health concerns the Be-Apso can inherit from his parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, kidney problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Hip dysplasia, ear infections, allergies and SA. Before you buy a puppy you should confirm the health of its parents by asking to see health clearances for both of them. Visiting the puppy before purchasing is also a good idea as you get to see the conditions it has been kept in.

Costs involved in owning a Be-Apso

The Be-Apso puppy is not easy to find so a price range is not yet available. Other costs include a crate, carrier, collar and leash, blood testing, micro chipping, vaccinations, deworming and eventual neutering and they come to between $385 to $435. Yearly medical costs for basics like check ups, pet insurance, shots and flea prevention come to between $435 to $535. Other yearly costs that are not medical like food, toys, treats, license and training come to between $300 to $400.


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