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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 10 - 20 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 15 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Bosapso is cross between one of the most ancient dog breeds, the Lhasa Apos, and a relatively younger breed, the Boston Terrier. The result is a small, loving, and lovable family pet and companion. The Lhasa Apso, a Tibetan breed said to be descended from mountain wolves, was originally an interior sentinel for monasteries and a lap dog of Tibetan nobility. It was used to keep a watch on high walls for possible marauders, and raise an alert whenever necessary. It was not a dog for the common people; Lhasa Apsos were not bought and sold, but bestowed as gifts or signs of favor, and only to a select few. The Boston Terrier, named after the American city where the line was first founded and flourished, is not a true terrier, but more of a soft and entertaining lap dog. Most probably descended from bull and terrier type, the Boston Terrier has become popular more for its small, compact size and the affectionate companionship it offers more than anything else.
The Boston Terrier breed standard is very specific when it comes to coat color, while the Lhasa Apso can come in all colors. The Bosapso is then likely to appear in any coat color or pattern, but black, brindle or seal with white markings will show the Boston Terrier heritage.
The Bosapso's coat can be either very short, tight, and hard, or longer and shaggy, but smooth to the touch. The Lhasa Apso, due to its place of origin, possess a formidably dense double coat, while the Boston Terrier, bred of fighting dogs, has a single, utilitarian coat.
The Bosapso is a family- and pet-friendly dog that is perfect for city-dwelling. Small in size and not necessarily active, the Bosapso will thrive on living with the family and being a recipient of their attention and affections. Young children need to be watched when playing with this breed, though, as they can injure it, due to its size. The Bosapso is eager to please, and can be trained to give an alarm bark when approached by a stranger. Its sweet nature, however, is easily won over, so it will not make a good guard dog. Warmly affectionate and funny, the Boasapso will provide an interesting and lighthearted companionship that will be appreciated, especially as it seems the dog instinctively knows when it is needed to cheer up its owner.
A short coat can be very easy to maintain, as weekly brushing will be enough to clear away dead fur and keep it looking shiny and clean. A long coat will require more extensive grooming, or else a clip that is easier to maintain. Frequent bathing is not necessary, and may in fact dry out the coat and the skin.
The Boasapso needs to be socialized as soon as possible, and as frequently as possible even when grown. This is to round out its personality, and make it more tolerant of other dogs, new situations, different places. It is tractable and intelligent, and can be trained easily enough, whether for obedience or other commands, or tricks.
Activity is needed for the Bosapso, bot in great amounts as with other, larger, more active dog breeds. A jog or a walk on a leash will be enough stimulation and exercise for a day. It can also do with a small yard where it could play and romp. The key is constant affection and regular physical exertion to keep up this dog's spirits and ensure it is happy and well-stimulated.