The Lhasa Apso Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Well balanced, sturdy, heavy coated.
CHARACTERISTICS: Gay and assertive
TEMPERAMENT: 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 (1.5 ins), but not square; length from the tip of nose roughly one third total length from nose to back of skull.
EYES: Dark.  Medium size, frontally placed, oval, neither large, nor small and sunk.  No white showing at the base or top.
EARS: Pendant, heavily feathered.
MOUTH: Upper incisors close just behind 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
FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders well laid back.  Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.
BODY: Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers.  Well ribbed up.  Level topline.   Strong loin balanced and compact.
HINDQUARTERS: Well developed with good muscle.  Good angulation.  Heavily furnished with hair.  Hocks when viewed from behind parallel and not too close together.
FEET: Round, cat-like with firm pads.  Well feathered.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free and jaunty.
TAIL: High set, carried well over back but not like a pot hook.  Often a kink at end.  Well feathered.
COAT: Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky.  Moderate undercoat.
COLOUR: Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, black, parti-colour, white or brown.  All equally acceptable.
SIZE: Ideal height: 25.4 cm (10 ins) 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 degree.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
*Reprinted with kind permission from The Kennel Club

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