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Lhasa Apso: History and Appearance
History
The Lhasa Apso comes from the Himalayan Mountain range. Isolated in Tibet for many years, this breed originated from natural selection, rather than the carefully planned breeding that most purebreds come from. It is believed that the breed began as one of the mountain dogs of the early nomads of the region, and thus evolved into its current form.
The Lhasa Apso’s history begins in the mountainous terrain of Tibet, possibly as early as 800 A.D. Secluded among the Buddhist monasteries and homes of the aristocracy, the Lhasa Apso, like many dog breeds in the region, held spiritual value. It was believed that when a llama died, the soul of the llama was transferred into the Lhasa Apso, giving it reverence. It addition to this, the Lhasa Apso was highly prized as a watchdog and as a companion pet. Called “apso seng kyi,” which translates as “bearded lion dog” by the Tibetan people, the Lhasa Apso served as the household guard. Standing as sentinel in the homes of the nobility or Buddhist monasteries, the Lhasa Apso possessed the intelligence, hearing, and good judgment to recognize friend from foe and alert the guards. The breed was so valued, in fact, that it was never bought nor sold, and could only be obtained if received as a gift.
The Lhasa Apso, unlike many other purebreds, has remained almost completely unchanged over the years due to its secluded location. The first Lhasa Apso did not come to England until 1901, when a traveler discovered the dog in India and brought it back. The breed did not arrive in America until over thirty years later, when it was gifted to a couple from New Jersey. In 1933, Mrs. And Mrs. C. Suydam Cutting received a pair of Lhasa Apsos from the 13th Dalai Llama. Later, the couple received another pair from Tibet, and began breeding them. These first Lhasa Apsos were what helped to establish the breed in the United States.
While the breed was only introduced to the United States in 1933, the American Kennel Club was quick to approve a standard for the breed. At the time, the dog was considered a terrier, and was referred to as the Lhasa terrier. In later years the standard was updated and the breed became known as the Lhasa Apso. The Lhasa Apso is one of three Tibetan breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Today, the Lhasa Apso is still prized as a show dog and as a family pet. Despite its small size, it still makes a wonderful watchdog.
Appearance
Little changed over the years, the Lhasa Apso still looks very much like the dogs that guarded Buddhist Temples and the dwellings of wealthy aristocrats. Lhasa Apsos, though small, were adapted to the difficult climate in what is the highest mountain range in the world.
The Lhasa Apso is a sturdy and strong dog. Considered slow to mature, the breed does not reach full maturity until they are three or four years old. The breed typically reaches 10 to 12 inches tall. Females usually weigh 12 to 14 lbs. Males usually weigh 14 to 18 lbs. Overall, the dog should have a balanced and even appearance. The head, legs, and tail are in proportion with the body. The Lhasa Apso has a longer rib cage than most breeds, allowing for good respiration in the thin air of the mountains. The legs are straight and strong for quick movement. The feet are well padded and covered in fur in order to protect the dog from the harsh mountain climate. The tail is screwed and normally carried over the back.
The breed features pendant shaped ears and a medium length muzzle. The nose is usually black. The jaw typically meets in a bite that is level or slightly undershot. The nose is usually black. The eyes are medium sized, and should not be small or sunk. The Lhasa Apso is known for its dark, soulful eyes.
The signature feature of the Lhasa Apso is the long, lustrous coat that kept the breed warm in the cold mountain weather. The Lhasa Apso is covered from head to toe in fur. The coat is double coated, featuring a moderate, soft undercoat, and very long top coat. Despite its appearance, the top coat is more coarse than it is silky. The hair is actually more rough in texture and resilient against the weather. The coarse fur is prone to matting if not groomed properly. The longer top coat falls in a natural part along the center of the animal’s back, and grows almost to the feet. The face may feature longer hair, including eyebrows, a beard, and a mustache. Often, Lhasa Apsos are seen wearing barrettes or ribbons to keep the fur on their foreheads out of their eyes. The feet are well feathered. The tail is full and lustrous. Lhasa Apsos come in all colors, though it is common to see them in white, honey, gray, black, or with parti coloring.
Showing a Lhasa Apso
In show, the Lhasa Apso is expected to meet certain standards. The eyes should not protrude, nor should they be sunk in. Eye color should be dark. The dogs body should not be heavy boned or overly thick. The Lhasa Apso should not have a delicate or thin appearance either. The overall appearance of the body should be one of sturdiness and agility.
A tail that is carried low is considered a serious fault, as it is expected that the breed should be confident and alert. Though this is one of the few breeds where a kink in the tail in considered acceptable, and even considered a sign of good luck. The dog should appear happy, but watchful.
Careful attention is also paid to the coat. When picked up, individual hairs should be felt, and it should fall back into a natural part. The coat should not be woolly, silky, or overly trimmed and fussed with.

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