Lhasa Apso Breed Standard

            Pre 1987 Kennel Club, London
            GENERAL APPEARANCE - The Lhasa Apso should give the appearance
                  of a well balanced, solid dog.
            CHARACTERISTICS - Gay, assertive, but chary of strangers.
            TEMPERAMENT - (Refer Characteristics)
            HEAD AND SKULL - Heavy head furnishings with good fall over
                  the eyes, good whiskers and beard. Skull moderately narrow,
                  falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree; not quite
                  flat, but not domed or apple shaped. Straight foreface, with
                  medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 3.8 cm (1 1/2 ins)
                  long, but not square; the length from tip of nose to be
                  roughly one-third the total length from nose to back of skull.
            EYES - Dark. Medium sized eyes to be frontally placed, not
                  large or full, or small and sunk. No white showing at base or
                  top of eye.
            EARS - Pendant, heavily feathered. Dark tips an asset.
            MOUTH - Upper incisors should close just inside the lower,
                  i.e. a reverse scissor bite. Incisors should be nearly in a
                  straight line. Full dentition is desirable.
            NECK - Strong, well covered with a dense mane which is more
                  pronounced in dogs than in bitches.
            FOREQUARTERS - Shoulder should be well laid back. Forelegs
                  straight, heavily furnished with hair.
            BODY - The length from point of shoulders to point of
                  buttocks greater than height at withers. Well ribbed up. 
                  Level topline. Strong loin. Well balanced and compact.
            HINDQUARTERS - Well developed with good muscle. Good
                  angulation. Heavily furnished. The hocks when viewed from
                  behind should be parallel and not too close together.
            FEET - Round and cat-like, with good pads. Well feathered.
            TAIL - High set, carried well over back and not like a pot-hook. 
                  There is often a kink at the end. Well feathered.
            GAIT/MOVEMENT - Free and jaunty in movement.
            COAT - Top coat heavy, straight and hard, not woolly or silky,
                  of good length. Dense undercoat.
            COLOUR - Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke,
                  parti-colour, black, white or brown. 
            SIZE - Ideal height: 25.4 cm (10ins) 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
            NOTE - Male animals should have two apparently normal
                  testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
                  Non-Sporting Group     A.N.K.C. ©   January 1998
            Last Updated: 8/8/01


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