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LHASA APSO BREED STANDARD

Canadian Standard

Appearance: Medium small, exotic, very hardy breed with a well-developed body, strong loins, good quarters, and thighs. The long, straight, hard dense coat enhances the beauty of the breed and completely covers the dog.

Coat & Color: Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly or silky, of good length and dense.

The head should have heavy furnishings with a good fall over the eyes. Good whiskers and beard.

Ears: Should be heavily furnished.

Legs: Should be well furnished

Tail: Should be well furnished

Feet: Should be surrounded with hair. The pads have hair between them, which may be trimmed.

Forequarters, hindquarters, and neck are heavily furnished.

All colors and mixtures of colors considered equal.

Head: Skull narrow, falling away from behind the eyebrow ridges to a marked degree. Cranium: almost flat, not domed or apple-shaped. Viewed from the front, the top of the cranium is narrower than the width at the level of the eyes. The foreface is straight.

Muzzle: The length from the tip of the nose to the inside corner of the eye to be roughly 1 inches or the length from the tip of the nose to the inside corner of the eye to be roughly 1/3 of the total length from the tip of the nose to the back of the skull. A square muzzle is objectionable.

Nose: Black. The tip of the nose is level with or very slightly below the lower eye rim when viewed from the front.

Mouth: Bite-reverse scissor. Full dentition. Undesirable bite-overshot. Lips black.

Eyes: Dark brown. Not large and full or small and sunken. The eyes are frontally placed in an oval-shaped black rim. Ears pendant. Well set back on the skull at eye level.

Neck: Well set on to the shoulders Long enough to carry the head well creating an impression of elegance and slightly arched.

Forequarters: Shoulders strong, muscular, well laid back. Lower arm: the forelegs should not be bowed. From the front when the dog is standing, the legs should be straight parallel, elbows well under the body. The fore limbs support a good share of the body weight when the dog is standing or when moving at a slow pace.

Pasterns: Should be straight and firm when viewed from the front. Slight deviation from the perpendicular when viewed from the side.

Feet: Short, round and compact with good pads turning neither in nor out.

Nails: Ideally black. In parti-colored or light-colored coats, light nails and pads are permitted. Dewclaws permissible.

Body: Topline level. Chest well ribbed up, the ribs should extend well back along the body. The slightly curved ribs should not extend below the elbows.

Loin: Too long a loin adds excess length to the back and results in a loss of strength to the forepart of the body.

Hindquarters: Strongly muscled and in balance with the forequarters. Hocks should be strong, straight, and parallel, turning neither in nor out.

Tail: Set high. Carried forward close to the back with the tip draped on either side of the body. The tail should not rise vertically. A kink in the end is permissible. A low carriage of the tail is a serious fault.

Gait: Easy moving free-flowing trot is the normal pace. This trot shows the character of his movement at its best and is what should be aimed for. The pads should be seen as the dog moves away indicating a strong hind drive, which is balanced by a good reach of the forelegs.

Disqualifications: Lhasa Apsos over 11 inches are to be disqualified.

The American Standard

Character: Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers.

Size: Variable, but about 10 to 11 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.

Color: All colors equally acceptable with or without dart tips to ears and beard.

Body: The length from the point of shoulders to the point of buttocks longer than height at withers well ribbed up, strong loin, well-developed quarters, and thighs.

Coat: Heavy, Straight, hard, not woolly or silky, of good length and very dense.

Mouth & Muzzle:

The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot. Muzzle of medium length, a square muzzle is objectionable.

Head: Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard; skull narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly 1/3 of the total length from nose to back of skull.

Eyes: Dark brown, neither very large nor full, nor very small and sunk.

Ears: Pendant, heavily feathered.

Legs: Forelegs straight; both forelegs and hind legs heavily furnished with hair.

Feet: Well-feathered: should be round and catlike with good pads.

Tail and Carriage:

Well-feathered; should be carried well over back in a screw; there may be a kink at the end. A low carriage of stern is a serious fault.