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Lhasa Apso

GENERAL APPEARANCE :  The Lhasa Apso is a small, hardy breed with a beautiful coat.  from the back of the head to  the tail.  His temperament is unique: cheerful and  worthy.  An independent breed, the Lhasa's goal in life is not necessarily to please its owner.

Personality:  Intelligent, confident, complex;  A family comedian, but  distant with strangers.


Energy Level : Somewhat active;  Calm but fun, Lhasas enjoy brisk walks.


Good with children:  Better with older children.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Weekly.


Life expectancy : 12-15 years.

Bark Level: Bark when needed.



Beyond India's northern limit, where mighty Mount Everest lies, is the mysterious land of Tibet. This is the home of the Lhasa Apso, known in that land as "Abso Seng Kye".  No wonder these dogs are of such a vigorous build.

Country of Origin: Tibet.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: The Lhasa's temperament is neither shy nor aggressive, but that of a friendly, intelligent and happy dog; however he is not very friendly with strangers.




Skull : Narrow skull Falling behind the eyes in a marked degree, not too flat, but not domed or apple-shaped .


Stop : Set.



Snout:  Medium length; A square muzzle is acceptable.

Truffle: The truffle is  black, the length from the tip of the nose to the eye to be approximately approximately one-third of the total length from the nose to the back of the skull.

Jaws and Teeth: A  bite  level or slightly lower is preferred.


Eyes: Dark brown, not too big or full, not too small and sunken.  

Ears : Pendant-shaped, heavily feathered .

NECK :  The neck should be moderately long, well shaped and well fitted to the shoulders .


Top Line:  The top line is smooth.

Back:  Strong back, slightly arched topline.

TAIL: Well feathered, should be carried well back in a bolt; There may be a Twist at the end.




Arms: Straight.


Feet: Well feathered, should be round, with good padding.


Legs: They are straight and very hairy.

Paws :  Well feathered, they should be round, with good cushions.

  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free and resourceful.

  • COAT

Hair : Heavy, straight, neither woolly nor silky, of good length and very dense.

  • COLOR: All colors equally acceptable​​ with or without dark tips for ears and beard.


SIZE: 25 cm to  27 cm.

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.



• Males must have both testicles, of normal appearance, well let down and accommodated in the scrotum.

• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with typical breed conformation should be used for breeding.

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