The La-chon (also "Lhasa-chon") is of the Lhasa Apso and the Bichon Frise lines. The Lhasa Apso, believed to be one of the oldest breeds extant, was bred primarily as a watch dog by Tibetan monks, and is thus suited for indoor living as well as being on the alert for strangers. It is a good companion dog, being smart and lively, while providing protectiveness over its owner at the same time.

The Bichon Frise originated from the Mediterranean region and has an affinity for the water, as its ancestry followed seamen plying trade routes between neighboring countries. It is appreciated for being a playful, loving dog, though owners have found it overly energetic and emotive at times, given to fits of barking and frenetic energy.

La-Chons are good for families with children and indoor living, as long as they get taken out for daily exercise or to expend built-up energy. They are a smart and excitable breed, quick to show affection and participate in play, and just as quick to raise a ruckus with strangers. Like most intelligent breeds, they easily pick up new tricks and are eager to please. The breed has some stubbornness from its Bichon parentage; a firm hand during training or housebreaking is required. Generally sociable, the La-chon does like its space, and for that reason may not mix well with other dogs, especially if, in puppy hood, it was not exposed much to other dogs or animals.

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