The Apso should give the appearance of a well-balanced, solid dog. Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers. Free and jaunty in movement.

Head & Skull
Heavy head furnished with good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and beard.
Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree;
not quite flat, but not domed or apple shaped.
Straight foreface, with medium stop. Nose black. Muzzle about 1 1/2 inches long, but not square; the length from tip of nose to be roughly one third the total length from nose to back of skull.

Dark. Medium sized eyes to be frontally placed, not large or full, or small and sunk. No white showing at base or top of eye.

Pendant, heavily feather. Dark tips an asset.

Upper incisors should close just inside the lower, i.e., a reverse scissor bite. Incisors should be nearly in a straight line. Full dentition is desirable.

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

Shoulders should be well laid back. Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.

The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than hight at withers. Well ribbed up. Level top-line. Strong loin. Well balanced and compact.

Well developed with good muscle. Good angulation. Heavily furnished. The hocks when viewed from behind should be parallel and not too close together.

Round and cat-like, with good pads. Well feathered.

High set, carried well over back and not like a pot-hook. There is often a kink at the end. Well feathered.

Top coat heavy, straight and hard, not woolly or silky, of good length. Dense under-coat.

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

Ideal height : 25,4 cm (10 inches) at shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller.

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

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