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Subject: rec.pets.dogs: Lhasa Apsos Breed-FAQ

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======= There are nearly 90 FAQ's available for this group. For a complete listing of these, get the "Complete List of RPD FAQs". This article is posted bimonthly in rec.pets.dogs, and is available via anonymous ftp to rtfm.mit.edu under pub/usenet/news.answers/dogs-faq/faq-list, via the Web at http://www.zmall.com/pet_talk/dog-faqs/lists/faq-list.html, or via email by sending your message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with send usenet/news.answers/dogs-faq/faq-list in the body of the message. This article is Copyright (c) 1995 by the Author(s) listed below. It may be freely distributed on the Internet in its entirety without alteration provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may NOT reside at another website (use links, please) other than the URL listed above without the permission of the Author(s). This article may not be sold for profit nor incorporated in other documents without he Author(s)'s permission and is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty. ========== _________________________________________________________________ Lhasa Apso FAQ - Home Page _________________________________________________________________ This is the FAQ for the LHASA APSO. Compiled and written by Susan Giles, Chairperson of the American Lhasa Apso Club, BREED STANDARD COMMITTEE. This is the only recognized and official publication for our breed. _________________________________________________________________ Table Of Contents * History * Personality * Description * Health Issues * AKC Standard * Breeder Referral * Rescue * Resources * Clubs HISTORY Early references to the Lhasa Apso date back hundreds of years ago in Tibet. His primary function was that of inner guard dog in Tibetan monasteries and palaces, where his intelligence, acute hearing and natural instinct for being able to identify friend from stranger made him well suited for his role. Prized by the country of Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was not allowed to leave the country except as gifts from the Dahli Lhamas. The first of our breed to enter directly into the U.S. were a gift to Mr. And Mrs. C.S. Cutting, noted world travelers, who received their dogs directly from the 13th Dahli Lhama. The Cuttings, who owned Hamilton Farms in Gladstone, New Jersey acquired their Lhasas in 1933. These two dogs a male and female were the foundation stock of the Hamilton Farm Lhasas. The Lhasa Apso was accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1935, thus making them eligible to be registered and shown in the U.S. PERSONALITY The Lhasa Apso exhibits a regal attitude when looking his best; seldom a pet, but rather a companion; often a clown, but never a fool. The Lhasa Apso temperament is unique. [INLINE] His rather independent and stubborn nature requires patient understanding, and he resists harsh and strict discipline. He is rather calm and deliberate, although chary(suspicious) of strangers, a direct reflection of his long-standing heritage of seclusion in Tibet. The Lhasa Apso is a big dog personality in a small package. They view themselves as big and important. It is said "when a Lhasa looks in the mirror he sees a lion." Maybe this is where they get the name "Little Lion Dog." They adapt easily to their environment and your schedule. We do not recommend the Lhasa for families with children under age 3. This is because of the small size of a Lhasa puppy, who can be easily hurt by a child possibly falling on them. DESCRIPTION Parted from the tip of their nose to the base of the tail the hair on the Lhasa is long, heavy and floor length with the tail carried well over the back. About 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder and around 12 to 18 pounds, they are lap dog size. [INLINE] A Lhasa in proper weight and condition will be in good hard flesh, well muscled and neither too fat or too thin. Pets, for easy care, are often kept in "Teddy Bear" or "Cocker" clips. Otherwise, grooming is required every 3 or 4 days. HEALTH Relatively free of health problems, kidney disease is the single most dreaded health problem in the Lhasa. Still not enough is known about the possibly inherent qualities of this disease. Careful breeding by conscientious owners is the best deterrent we have at our disposal. Kidney disease can kill puppies between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. This should not be confused with the kidney dysfunction sometimes observed in old age dogs. Hypo-thyroidism is seen quite often in the breed. However, medication can control this and it is usually not life threatening. The Lhasa ages gracefully and keeps a youthful appearance and attitude well into their teens. Their life span is generally 12 to 18 years. For additional information about our breed contact: ALAC - Lynn Jamison, 801 Linda Lane, Raymore, MO 64083. Telephone number is (816) 331-7764. BREED STANDARD The Official Standard of the Lhasa Apso was last revised and Approved on July 11, 1978 Character - Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers. Size - Variable but about 10 or 11 inches at the shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller. Color - All colors equally acceptable with or without dark tips to the beard and ears. [INLINE] Body Shape - The length from the point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than the height at the withers, well ribbed up, strong loin, well developed quarters and thighs. Coat - Heavy, straight, hard not woolly or silky, of good length, and very dense. Mouth and Muzzle - The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershod. Muzzle of medium length; a square muzzle is objectionable. Head - Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard, skull narrow, falling away behind 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 the back of the skull. Eyes - Dark brown, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk. Ears - pendant, heavily feathered. Legs - Forelegs straight; both forelegs and hind legs heavily furnished with hair. Feet - Well feathered; should be round and catlike, with good pads. Tail carriage - Well feathered, should be carried well over back in a screw; there may be a kink at the end. A low carriage of stern is a serious fault. BREEDER REFERRAL The American Lhasa Apso Club, Inc. has a nation wide breeder referral service available to anyone that is interested in the Lhasa Apso. Write or call Amy Andrews, 18105 Kirkshire, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 or telephone at (810)644-9194. BREED RESCUE The American Lhasa Apso Club, Inc. has a nation wide breed rescue program in place as well. For more information write or call Mary Schroeder, 5395 S. Miller St., Littleton, CO 80127. Telephone (303) 973-3600. RESOURCES Books - written by ALAC members (past and present) - _How to Raise and Train a Lhasa Apso - P and T Chenoweth, T.F.H. Publications, 1965 Lhasa Lore - Sally Ann Helf, Alpine Publications, 1983 The Lhasa Apso - Frances Sefton, MacArthur Press, Australia, reprint 1975. The Complete Lhasa Apso - Norman and Carolyn Herbel, Howell Book House,1993 Your Lhasa Apso - Robert J. Brendt, Denlingers,1974_ Magazine - published by ALAC members - The Lhasa Apso Bulletin - ed. Marianne Nixon, 13216 NE 40th St., Bellevue, WA 98005. (Bi-Monthly publication of the American Lhasa Apso Club received with membership) CLUBS The American Lhasa Apso Club,Inc.(ALAC) For information and/or membership application: Joyce Johanson,126 Kurlene Dr.,Macomb,IL 61445. Telephone (309)837-1665. For information of the closest Lhasa Apso club in your area write or call: Michael Santora, 12525 SW 240th St.,Princeton,FL 33032. Telephone (305)258-2240 _________________________________________________________________ Additional Information: _________________________________________________________________ This page and contents are the copyrighted material of American Lhasa Apso Club, Inc. and TCW Communications Corp. Your mail and comments are always welcome. 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