Comte Henri De Bylandt

Dogs from 10 to 11 inches; bitches from 9 to 10 inches .

Lionel Jacob 1901

About 10 ins or 11 inc [25—28 cm] height at shoulder for dogs, and 9ins or 10 ins [23—25 cm] for bitches.

Margarette Hayes 1933

The dog at adult age, three years, measures about 28 cm hight at withers should not weigh more than 4 to 5 Ks. The female must be smaller.

Standard 1935

Variable, but about 10 inches or 11 inches at shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller.

Standard 1960

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

Dr Guy LESCURE 1961

The male measures between 0m22 and 0m28 at withers, the female between 0m22 and 0m25.

The Tibetan Apso Club

... In the comments It has undoubtedly been established as a distinctive type for some centuries and probably evolved basically from the selection by Tibetans of the smallest dogs to live as house dogs and companions.

Standard 1972

Ideal hight : - 10 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.

Hon.Mrs. Irma Bailey
Lettre du 18 Novembre 1978
" I consider that the small size that you have in France is essential for the true Seng Kyi. Which country is contesting you the small size ? In Tibet , all dogs of Apso type (which are called Lhasa Terrier in Great Britain and in the United States) are simply called Apsos, but the authentic little lion-dog is called Apso Seng Kyi" . (Seng = Lion, Kyi = dog)
Recevez, chère amie, mon très bon souvenir et amitiés

Irma Bailey

A.K.C. Standard 1978

Variable, but about 10 inches or 11 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.

C.K.C. Standard 1982

Ideal size for dogs is between 10 - 11 in. (25 - 28cm) with up to 11 1/2 in. (30cm) permissible. Bitches should be slightly smaller. Lhasa Apsos over 11 1/2 in. (30cm) are to be disqualified. Body length from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks should be slightly longer than the height at the withers.  A well-balanced type is to be preferred.

A.N.K.C. Standard 1987

Ideal height: 25.4 cm (10ins) at shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller.

F.C.I. Standard 1987

Ideal height  25.4 cm (10 inches) at shoulder for dogs; bitches slightly smaller.

F.C.I.. Standard 1998

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.

Kennel Club 2003

Ideal height: dogs: 25cms (10 ins) at shoulders; bitches slightly smaller.

Graham Newel

"During my stay in Mussorie I also had the pleasure of meeting Dsela Dorje, who was a very aristocratic Tibetan lady and the widow of late Prime Minister of Bhutan.From her I learnt that the Tibetan Aristocracy did occasionally have Apsos but they were only the very smallest ones. This was considered a quality to Strive for when breeding."

(Copy of page 60 of "Voyage d'une Vie" de Graham Newel, given by Melle. Dupont).

V.W.F Collier

Imperial dog scroll from “Dogs of China and Japan in Art and Religion” by V.W.F.Collier (Heinemans 1921). This book has been used as a reference to all historians of Asiatic dog breeds.

There are but drawings, thus no doubt the artist has taken some liberty in their interpretation, the measurements however they are most accurate and instructive. Lo-Sze dog is the Carlin. N° 1 - Li-Erh, long hair Hah-Pah dog comes from Tibet as a present for the Emperor, its length of body is 1 ft. 5 in. and its hight 8 in. Its temperament is that of à human being.

As it is well established that these dogs were cross-bred in China with the small Apso-Sing-Ky dogs offered to the Emperor by Tibetan dignitaries it is difficult to imagine that dogs of that little size be married with actual Western champions.

If needed, this confirms once more that Asiatic have always researched and appreciated small size dogs, same as has done Hon. Mrs Bailey.

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