Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso


ORIGIN

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FCI
Tibet.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
18.03.2015.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Toy Dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 9Companion and Toy Dogs
Section 5Tibetan breeds
Without working trial

KC
Utility

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Lhasa Apso comes from Tibet where many live at high altitudes and the climate can be severe. He has to be a hardy little dog to withstand these conditions, and this has had a great influence on his development. His long, hard coat with its dense undercoat acts as insulation during winter, and the fall of hair over his eyes protects them from the wind, dust and glare.
The Apso is one of several Eastern breeds to come to the West. The first Apsos arrived in Britain in the early 1920s and were being shown in London soon after. When they were first seen in Britain they were confused with other shaggy Oriental dogs and all were labelled ‘Lhasa Terriers’. Later a distinction was made, especially between the Apso and the Tibetan Terrier which is thought to have been behind the early Apsos. A breed club for the Lhasa Apso was established in Britain in 1933.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Well balanced, sturdy, heavily coated, without excess.
KC
Well balanced, sturdy, heavily coated, without excess.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers.
KC
Gay and assertive.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Gay and assertive. Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.
KC
Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.

HEAD

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FCI
Head furnishings with fall over eyes; but not affecting the dog’s ability to see, good whiskers and beard.
KC
Head furnishings with fall over eyes, but not effecting the dog's ability to see, good whiskers and beard. Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind eyes, not quite flat, but not domed or apple headed. Straight foreface with medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 4 cms (11/2 ins), but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third total length from nose to back of skull.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Moderately narrow, falling away behind eyes, not quite flat, but not domed or apple headed.

Stop

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FCI
Medium.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.

Muzzle

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FCI
About 4cms, but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third of total length from nose to back of skull. Foreface straight.
KC
Upper incisors close just inside lower i.e. reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Upper incisors close just inside lower i.e. reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.

Eyes

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

Ears

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FCI
Pendant, heavily feathered.
KC
Pendant, heavily feathered.

NECK

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FCI
Strong and well arched.
KC
Strong and well arched.

BODY

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FCI
Balanced and compact.
KC
Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers. Ribs extending well back. Level topline. Strong loin. Balanced and compact.

Topline

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FCI
Level.

Loin

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FCI
Strong.

Chest

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FCI
Ribs extending well back.

TAIL

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

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.

FEET

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KC
Round, cat-like with firm pads. Well feathered.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, cat-like with firm pads. Well feathered.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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

HIND LEGS

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Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks when viewed from behind parallel and not too close together.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free and jaunty.
KC
Free and jaunty.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky. Moderate undercoat. Coat never impeding action.
KC
Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky. Moderate undercoat. Coat never impeding action.

COLOUR

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FCI
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brownish. All equally acceptable.
KC
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown. All equally acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: dogs: 25cms (10 ins) at shoulders; bitches slightly smaller.

Height at withers

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FCI
Males 25 cms, females slightly smaller.

FAULTS

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FCI
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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