Lhasa Apso standard.

Country of origin:
Tibet.

 

General appearance:
Well balanced, sturdy, heavy coated.

 

Characteristics:
Gay and assertive.

 

Temperament:
Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.

 

Head & Skull:
Heavy head furnishings with good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and beard. Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind the eyes, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-headed. Straight foreface with medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 4 cm (11/2 ins), but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third total length from nose to back of skull.

 

Eyes:
Dark. Medium size, frontally placed, oval, neither large, nor small and sunk. No white showing at base or top.

 

Ears:
Pendant, heavily feathered.

 

Mouth:
 Upper incisors close just behind lower, i.e. reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.

 

Neck:
Strong and well arched.

 

Forequarters:
Shoulders well laid back. Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.

 

Body:
Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers. Well ribbed. Level top line. Strong loin. Balanced and compact.

 

Hindquarters:
Well developed with good muscle. Good angulations. Heavily furnished with hair. Hocks when viewed from behind parallel and not too close together.

 

Feet:
Round, cat-like with firm pads. Well feathered.

 

Gait/ Movement:
Free and jaunty.

 

Tail:
 High set, carried well over back but not like a pot hook. Often a kink at end. Well feathered.

 

Coat:
Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither wooly nor silky. Moderate undercoat.

 

Colour:
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, black, parti-colour, white or brown. All equally acceptable.

 

Size:
Ideal height: 25.4 cm (10 ins) at shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller. FAULTS Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

 

Note:
Male animals should have two apparently testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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F. Rosenbeck.