Chi Apso

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
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About Chi Apso

10-20 lb
8-11 inches
12-15 years
not applicable
Best Suited For
Experienced dog owners, house or apartment dwellers, families with kids and other pets.
intelligent, loving, playful, independent
Comparable Breeds
Chihuahua, Lhasa Apso
Chi Apso Basics

The spunky little Chi Apso brings the sassy personality of the Chihuahua together with the playful nature of the Lhasa Apso to produce a wonderfully loyal family pet who in spite of being highly independent, just loves to settle in for cuddles with his peeps.

The Chi Apso brings together the playful nature of the Lhasa Apso and the sassy Chihuahua.


The offspring of two pure-bred dogs, the Chi Apso is considered a Designer Dog and likely originated in the 1980s when this trend first took off.


Not being a pure-bred, the Chi Apso cannot be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) however both parent breeds are long-time members. The Chihuahua joined the club’s “toy” group in 1904 and in 1935 the Lhasa Apso joined the same group.

Food / Diet

The Chi Apso is a small dog that needs a top quality kibble specifically designed for his not-so-active lifestyle. To avoid the joint issues that can plague dogs later in life, be careful not to over-feed your pooch as his inactivity can result in obesity. Provide him with 2-3 smaller meals throughout the day and make sure the food is low in fillers (grains and carbs) that may cause him to over-eat to feel full.

The Chi Apso is a sweet-natured, affectionate dog who loves being active in anything his family is doing.


The Chi Apso is the product of two highly independent breeds and he can be a handful to train. As a result, he isn’t an ideal breed for first-time dog owners. Socialization is vital with this dog and you’ll need to take a firm, consistent approach and even consider a professional trainer if you aren’t getting the results you want. As with all dog breeds, a rewards-based approach for a job well done works best.


Your Chi Apso is a small-sized dog that will weigh between 10-20 pounds.

Temperament / Behavior

In spite of packing a lot of attitude, the Chi Apso is a sweet-natured, affectionate little dog who loves being active in anything his family is doing. With early socialization he will get along well with children and other animals and in spite of his perky, spunky nature he is not big on barking so don’t count on this little guy to be a watchdog.

Common Health Problems

While Designer Dogs are often bred to side-step the health issues that can plague their pure-bred parents, you should always read up on what your pup may inherit. For the Chi Apso, he may be prone to patellar luxation, eye problems, heart problems as well as shivering.

Life Expectancy

The Chi Apso has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Exercise Requirements

Although the Chi Apso isn’t a big fan of activity, he will still need exercise. A couple short walks each day and some active playtime indoors, in a yard or at a dog park will keep him happy, healthy and mentally stimulated.

The Chi Apso packs a lot of attitude but loves being part of a family.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as a Lhasa Chi, the Chi Apso is recognized by the the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Breed Registry (DBR), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)


The Chi Apso has a thick double-coat and is considered a moderate shedding dog and will require brushing 2 to 3 times a week to keep him tangle-free and looking his best. Bathe only as absolutely necessary to avoid drying out his skin and use that time to clean and inspect ears to avoid infections floppy-eared dogs can be prone to. Because this is a small dog, dental issues can be a problem so brush his teeth two to three times a week.


These confident little pups with the feisty nature will be tiny and care should be taken when children are handling them. While socialization will be key to raising a great family dog, their tiny joints and legs can be easily damaged if not handled properly. Similarly, don’t over-do the exercise as injury when young can present as a serious issue in later life.

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