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Lha-Cocker History

The Lha-cocker or Tibetan Spaniel is a toy spaniel that originated in Tibet more than 1,000 years ago. The Lhasa Apso, which is related to the Lha-cocker, is another small, cheerful, lapdog originating in Tibet. It is the oldest of the Tibetan terriers that accompanied pilgrims to the holy city of Lhasa. The ancestors of the Lhasa Apso and the Lha-cocker are thought to have descended from the hounds brought by monks to Tibet. These hounds developed the characteristics of the present-day Lhasa Apso and Lha-cocker. The Tibetans living close to Mt. Everest, where the climate is harsh, developed a breed of small dogs that served as companions and hunters. These dogs were distinguished by their long, silky fur and curled tails.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Lha-Cocker Physical Characteristics

The Lha-Cocker is a small, medium-to-large hybrid breed that typically stands between 12 and 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 30 pounds. They have a compact, muscular body and a short, shiny, wavy or curly, bright red or strawberry red coat. They have rounded, large ears. The Lacou-Cocker’s eyes are a hazel or light yellow color and they have a tail that curls. They are affectionate, active, and playful.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Red, Cream, Fawn, Sable, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 13 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 13 – 23 lbs

Lha-Cocker Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Lha-Cocker Health Concerns

Ear Infections, Patellar Luxation, , Retinal Dysplasia, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye), Entropion, Ectropion, Seborrhea, Skin Fold Dermatitis, Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome

Lha-Cocker Temperament and Behaviour

The Lha-Crock is a friendly and sociable dog that is great with families. They are playful and outgoing, and love to clown around. They are very good with children and other pets, but can be very protective of their owners.

Lha-Cocker Activity Requirements

The Lhasa Apso is an ancient, independent, and often stubborn breed of dog. They generally weren’t bred to be companion dogs and can be aloof and reserved. This is what makes them such good watch dogs. The Lhasa Apso is well-suited to apartment or condo living. They will need regular walks and a chance to run around outside, but they aren’t the type of dog that needs constant attention and affection. They make great companions for people who have a more active lifestyle and are able to devote more time to their canine companions. A home with a fenced yard and a regular routine is best for this independent, intelligent, and devoted breed.

Miles Per Day

5 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lha-Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lha-Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Lha-Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lha-Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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