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Lhatese: Breed Characteristics, Care &
Exercise Needs (Maltese Apso)

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About Lhatese

Country of Origin, History of Lhateses

The Lhatese or Maltese Apso dogs in the US, although a cross of the Maltese and the Lhasa Apso, are different from the Kyi-Leo, which is a purebred that descended from a Lhasa Apso/Maltese cross in the 1950s. Many of today’s Lhatese are original F1 crosses of a Maltese parent with a Lhasa Apso parent or an F2 where one of the F1 puppies is bred back to a Maltese or Lhasa Apso.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Both the Maltese and Lhasa Apso are small dogs with some of the same traits, but some very different traits as well. Any mixture of the two breeds will display traits of each breed. Many Lhatese are affectionate with their families but leery of strangers, alert and watchful with the idea of protecting their home, and playful but content to cuddle or go for a short walk. Many in this breed will play with toys using their front paws similar to a cat.

The Lhatese may be somewhat stubborn when it comes to housetraining, but persistence on your part will win. Most are not given to separation anxiety, but they do want to be with you all the time.


The Lhatese has a black and white or a black, tan, and white coat which is straight and medium to long length. It sheds very little and is considered hypoallergenic. (Visit with the dog for a couple of hours before getting it to see if its coat affects you if you have dog hair allergy.) It is prone to matting, so he needs to be brushed every day. He will benefit from being professionally groomed every 6 – 8 weeks and it will save the owner a great deal of time since it will make daily and weekly grooming quicker and easier for both dog and owner.


6 – 15 pounds


8 – 10 inches

Litter Size:

3 – 5 puppies

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Lhatese Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Lhatese is sweet, cuddly, and gentle. He is affectionate with members of the family of all ages, including all the children. He gets along with other family pets. He is generally calm and desires to please his family. He desires to be with people all the time you are home, but is not given to separation anxiety when you are gone.

He is intelligent and enjoys exercise that also offers mental stimulation such as using a variety of toys and games. He must be trained persistently with positive reinforcement (treats, toys, praise) to do the expected behavior. The Lhatese plays in multiple short bursts of energy, showing great energy. However, he will be quite content to sit in your lap or next to you for hours.

The Lhatese may need an experienced owner/trainer. He is prone to stubbornness and small dog syndrome. He has great confidence and likes to be the boss.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

The Lhatese must be kept in the house, but he will enjoy walks or an outdoor playtime with his owner.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

The Lhatese do very well with children of all ages. They have a lot of confidence and like to be the boss.


If your Lhatese acquired more of the Maltese personality, he will be easier to housetrain and train in all other ways than if he acquired the Lhasa Apso personality. An experienced dog owner will have better luck training the Lhatese, especially if using positive reinforcement and being sensitive and gentle yet firm. Start training early and continue practicing and reinforcing good training and habits throughout the dog’s life. Socialize your dog well from the beginning to avoid fears later.

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Lhatese Activity Level

How active is the breed?

The Lhatese show considerable energy in spurts throughout the day. They love to play with toys, cats, and people and especially like games or toys that use their thinking. They may enjoy a short walk or two in good weather.


Since the Lhatese coat is prone to matting, daily brushing is necessary. Periodic professional grooming will save the owner time and energy in the daily routine. The Lhatese only needs to be bathed if he is dirty or at the groomer’s. Check his ears daily when brushing. Also brush his teeth each day. Cut his nails every 3-4 weeks. Make sure to keep fur around eyes, ears, and rear end trimmed. He may be prone to tear stains, so you will need to wipe around the eyes several times a day and may need to use a product such as Angel Eyes.

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Health and Care

Daily brushing and ear and skin check and teeth cleaning will keep the Lhatese in good health. Clip his nails at least once a month. Take him to the groomer every 6 – 8 weeks. Health issues that can happen with the Lhatese include patellar luxation (kneecap issues), hypoglycaemia, eye problems, allergies dental problems, and skin issues, kidney problems, reverse sneezing, and collapsed trachea.

Life Span: 13 – 15 years

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: none

Other Recognition:

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Lhatese)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Lhatese)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Lhatese)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Lhatese)

Group: Mixed Breed Dog

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not Recognized by AKC

Also Known As: Maltese Apso, Lhatese, American Lamalese, Latese, Lhasatese, Lmalese, and American Lamalese

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