Non-sporting Breeds

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog; 10 in (25.5cm) Bitch: slightly smaller
Coat: Top coat long, heavy, straight, and hard, not woolly or silky; moderate undercoat
Color: Solid golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, or smoke; black particolor, white, or brown

The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet and is sometimes known as the Tibetan Apso. It is a small, indoor watchdog, possibly bred in the distant past from the Tibetan Mastiff. The word apso means goat-like, and the dog may have been so named because its coat resembled that of the goats kept by Tibetan herders. The breed was very highly regarded in its native land, and kept in temples and palaces. The Lhasa is often confused with the Shih Tzu from western China, but there are a number of physical differences between them, including the fact that the Lhasa Apso has a longer nose and its nose-tip is placed lower. However, in the past there seems to have been some interbreeding between them outside their native lands. The Lhasa Apso is happy, usually long lived, adaptable, and good with children. It enjoys a good romp outdoors, but it does require careful daily grooming of its long coat.
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