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The Lhasa Apso
( ) is a non-sporting dog
breed originating in Tibet
. It was bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, who alerted the monks to any intruders who entered. Lhasa
is the capital city of Tibet and apso
is a word in the Tibetan
language meaning "bearded," so Lhasa Apso
simply means "long-haired Tibetan dog."
Male Lhasa Apsos should ideally be 10.75 inches (27.3 cm) at the withers
and weigh about 14-18 pounds, 6–8 kg. The females are slightly smaller, and weigh between 12-14 pounds, 5–7 kg. The breed standard requires dark brown eyes and a black nose, although liver coloured lhasas have a brown nose. The texture of the coat is heavy, straight, hard, neither woolly nor silky, and very dense. They come in a wide variety of colors including black, white, gold, red and parti-colored with various shadings. Lhasas can be with or without dark tips at the end of ears and beard. The tail should be carried well over the dog's back. The breed standard currently used by the American Kennel Club
was approved on July 11, 1978.