Country Of Origin
The Lhasa Apso originally come from the land of Tibet living in the Tibetan tempels. The breed can be tracked as far back as 800 B.C. They were apriciated as Companian- and watchdogs, and still are.
Originally, the dogs were kept as good luck talismans and were never sold but given away as gifts to those who the lamas held in high esteem.
As said, they were companian- and watchdogs. They would alert the owner and/or the big Tibetan Mastiff.
When the Lhasa first got recognized they got called "Lhasa Terriers" together with other alike breeds, like the Tibetan Terrier, Lhasa because it means hairy and Terrier because of their "cautious towards strangers" behavior. In 1933 they got their first club with their name Lhasa Apso in England. In the breed standard their charitaristics are described like following "The Lhasa Apso is gay and assertive, but cautious of strangers." The Last part isn´t what most would describe them as today. It´s rarely seeing a Lhasa who is cautios of strangers, but of course there is still some who are, but the general picture of Lhasa´s, this is a more outdated fact.
The Lhasa Apso is a small, well balanced, sturdy and heavily coated breed. It is rectangular in outline, but remain compact.
The narrow skull falls away behind the eyes. It is not flat, but on the other hand is not domed nor apple-shaped. It joins the muzzle at a moderate stop.
Their muzzle must be 1/3 of their whole head, measured from the tip of their, well pigmented black nose, to the back of their skull. Their mouth should be able to close without their reversed scissor bite showing. Their eye´s placed forward in the skull, the eye´s should be oval in shape and dark in color, and there must be no white showing. Their expresion should end with pendant type ears that are heavily feathered. Their head should lead into a beautiful strong, and well-arched neck.
Fore- and hindquarters:
Their shoulders should be well laid back and their forelegs should be straight with a great amount of coat. Hindquarters should be muscular, and well-developed. Hindlegs should be muscular and well angulated. Viewed from behind, the rear pasterns are parallel and not too close to one another. Their feet should be round, cat-like feet with firm pads, and are well feathered.
The topline is level, and the ribs extend well back in the body to a strong loin, leading to a well-feathered high-set tail carried over the back. note there might be a kink at the end. The written hight in the standard for males 25 and females should be a bit smaller than the males, so they remain feminine.
Coat & Color:
The heavy, very dense, hard topcoat is straight and of good length. There is moderate undercoat. The head furnishings are very heavy, with a good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and a beard. almost human like hair texture. All natural colors are acceptable.
should be easy, free, and jaunty, with the overall aperance giving the feeling of effortlessness.