Breed Standard Lhasa Apso

F.C.I.-Standard No. 227 / 30.11.1990

Origin: Tibet
Patronage:  Great Britain

General Appearance

Well balanced, sturdy, heavily coated


Gay and assertive


Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers

Head & Skull

Heavy head furnishings with good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and beard.
Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind the eyes, not quite flat, but not domed or apple headed.
Straight foreface with medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 4cm, but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third of the 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, i.e. reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable. 

Neck 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. Well ribbed. Level topline. Strong loin. Balanced and compact. 


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


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


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

Gait - movement

Free and jaunty


Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky. Moderate undercoat.


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


Ideal height: 25.4 cm at shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller. 


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. 


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


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