The Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is a breed of dog, native to Tibet, where it originated more than 800 years ago. The dog, whose Tibetan name abso seng kye means "bark lion sentinel dog," was used as a guard dog inside the lamaseries and dwellings of Lhasa where its keen sense of hearing and intelligence uniquely qualified it for this role. Hardy, vigorous, and easily trained, it makes an ideal pet as well as a watchdog.

Like all Tibetan breeds, the Lhasa has a tail upcurled over the back and a heavy protective coat. Its long hair is straight and very dense. The pendant ears, legs, and tail are heavily feathered. The dark brown eyes are hidden under the heavy fall of hair over the face. 

The Lhasa Apso Breed Standard

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