theLhasa Apso

Smart, Confident, Comical
Non Sporting Group Non Sporting Group

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The Lhasa originated in Tibet.

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Energy & Size

medium ENERGY &
small size

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Smart, confident, complex; a family comedian, but regally aloof with strangers

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  • Head

    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-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one-third of the total length from nose to back of skull.

  • Body

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

  • Legs

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

  • Coat

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

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