Original Name : Lhasa Apso
Type : Braccoid
Male size : Ideally, 10 inches at the withers
Female size : Smaller than the male
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : China
Lhasa Apsos are named after the old capital of Tibet – Lhasa - and a Tibetan horse known for its abundant mane. Diminutive in size they may be, but Lhasa Apsos are assertive dogs that do not allow themselves to be bossed about, and they will let intruders know they are around. They are not known as little lion dogs for nothing.
Heavy head furnishings, falling over the eyes, with well furnished mustache and beard, moderately narrow skull, falling away behind the eyes.
Well proportioned and compact, straight topline, strong loins, ribs extending well back.
Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colored, black, white or brown.
Hanging with profuse feathering.
Set high, carried over the back but not like a pot hook, often with a kink at the end, well furnished with hairs.
Long, abundant, straight, hard topcoat, neither woolly nor silky.
For centuries, these little dogs were reserved for the Tibetans, especially the monks around the capital. They soon came to be seen as luck-bringers, blending mystery and authenticity. They arrived in Europe via the UK in the 1920’s, but it was not until their arrival in the United States that they really became a big hit, most notably as show dogs.
Their name aside, Lhasa Apsos are terriers in both morphology – the head is reminiscent of the Skye – and behavior – a need to poke their nose into everything. The word terrier does not appear in their name to avoid confusion with Tibetan Terriers.