N° 227 a - 3rd April 1967


Characteristics
Gay and assertive but charry of strangers. Free and jounty movement.

Head and skull
Heavy head furnishing with good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and beard, should be dark. Skull moderately 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, about 1 1/2 inches long, or the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly one third of the total length from nose to back of skull.

Eyes
Dark, not large and full or small and sunk.

Ears
Pendant, heavily feathered. Dark tips an asset.

Mouth
Should be level. but slightly undershot is preferable.to overshot. Muzzle of medium length; a square muzzle is objectionable.

Neck
Strong, well covered with a mane which is more pronounced in dogs than bitches.

Forequarters
Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.

Body
The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks lobger than height at withers, well ribbed up, strong loin, well developed quarters and thights..Well balanced and compact type is to be preferred.

Hindquarters

Heavily furnished with hair..

Feet
Well feathered, should be round and cat-like with good pads.

Tail
Well feathered, should be carried well over back. There is often a kink at the end. Low carriage of tail is a serious fault.

Coat
Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly or silky, of good length. Dense undercoat.

Colours
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate smoke, particolour, black, white or brown. This being the true Tibetan Lion-dog, golden or lion-like colours are preferred.

Size
Ideal 9 inches or 10 inches at the shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller.

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