Kennel Club Breed Standard Lhasa Apso
Last updated October 2009
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/breeds/watch for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring
Well balanced, sturdy, heavily coated, without excess
Gay and assertive.
Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers.
Head furnishings with fall over eyes, but not affecting the dogs ability
to see, good whiskers and beard. Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind
the eyes, not quite flat, but not doomed or apple headed. Straight foreface with
medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 4 cms (1and half inches). But not square;
length from tip of nose one third total length from nose to back of skull.
Dark. Medium size, frontally placed, oval, neither large nor full, nor small and
sunk. No white showing at base or top.
pendant, heavily feathered.
Upper incisors close just inside lower ie. Reverse scissor bite. Incisors in
a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.
Strong and well arched
Shoulders well laid back. Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.
Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at
withers. Ribs extending well back . Level topline. Strong Loin. Balanced and
Well developed with
good muscle. Good angulation. Heavily
furnished with hair. Hocks when viewed from behind parallel and not too close
Round, cat-like with firm p[ads. Well Feathered.
High-set, carried well over back but not like a pot-hook. Often a kink at end.
Free and jaunty.
Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky. Moderate
undercoat. Coat never impeding action.
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke,
Ideal height: dogs: 25cms ( 10ins) at shoulders; bitches slightly smaller.
Any departure from the afore-going 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
male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into
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