Le standard officiel de 1935
n° 227 b - 18 th Decembre 1972

Characteristics
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 and skull
Heavy head furnishing 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.

Eyes
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.

Ears
Pendant, heavily feathered. Dark tips an asset.

Mouth
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.

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

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

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

Hindquarters

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

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

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

Coat
Top coat heavy, straight and hard noy woolly or silky, of good length. Dense under-coat.
Colours
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown.

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

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

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