Apso - Breed Standard
Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers.
Variable, but about 10 inches or 11 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.
All colors equally acceptable with or without dark tips to ears and beard.
The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than height at withers,
up, strong loin, well-developed quarters and thighs.
Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly nor silky, of good length, and very dense.
Mouth and Muzzle:
The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot. Muzzle of medium length; a
square muzzle is
Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard; skull narrow,
away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped;
foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly
of the total length from nose to back of skull.
Dark brown, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk.
Pendant, heavily feathered.
Forelegs straight; both forelegs and hind legs heavily furnished with hair.
Well feathered, should be round and catlike, with good pads.
Tail and 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.