Official A.K.C Lhasa Apso Breed Standard 1978
Approved July 11, 1978

Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers.

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

All colors equally acceptable with or without dark tips to ears and beard.

Body Shape

The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than height at withers, well ribbed up, strong loin, well-developed quarters and highs.

Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly nor silky, of good length, and very dense.

Mouth and Muzzle
The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot. Muzzle of medium length; a square muzzle is objectionable.


Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard; skull narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree. not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shapped ; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the lenght from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one third of the total length from nose to back of skull.

Dark brown, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk.

Pendant, heavy feathered.

Forelegs straight ; both forelegs and hind legs heavely furnished with hair.

Well feathered, should be round and catlike, with good pads.

Tail and Carriage
Well feathered, should be carried well over back in a screw ; there may be a kink at the end. A low carriage of stern is a serious fault.

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