Lhasa Apso Standard


The judging procedure may seem complicated but is basically a knock out contest with winners ascending to the next level of competition.

By the end of the show there is one winner from the total show entry and that exhibit is the 

Best In Show

Along the way to this ultimate prize, there are other prestigious awards

Best in Group, 

Reserve in Group,

Best of Breed,

 Reserve  of Breed


Best in Class.

Each dog is physically examined by the judge and to assess movement is gaited either in a triangle, circle or out and back in a straight line. When all the dogs in the class have been examined, the placings are given.

In each breed,

 Males are shown first, beginning with Baby Puppies and the judging moves up through the classes (age  classifications) until all the males have been judged and the Dog challenge (Winner) and Reserve Dog Challenge (Runner Up) are awarded. 

The judging for the bitches follows with the same judging procedure.

The winning dog and winning bitch then compete for the ‘Best of Breed’.

All Best of Breed exhibits are then judged to determine

‘Best in Group’ and ‘Reserve  in Group’. 

Class judging for the Group then continues, beginning with ‘Best Baby Puppy in Group’ and works upward through the classes.

The ‘Best in Group’ winners are then judged for

‘Best in Show’ and ‘Reserve in Show’. 

Judging then takes place for ‘Best Baby Puppy In Show’ ;

‘Best Minor Puppy in Show’ and working up through the classes.

Best of Breed and Challenge Certificates are awarded by the Judge to a maximum of 25 points per show.

To obtain an Australian Champion title a dog must accumulate 100 points


the Title of Grand Champion is awarded to dogs which accumulate 1,000 points.


One thing to remember is that you have paid for the judge’s opinion and each judge may place a different emphasis on the hallmarks and conformation that is required of the Breed Standard. This is what showing is all about and it does not necessarily mean your dog is not a good specimen if it does not win all the time. But remember you are going home with the Best Dog, YOURS!!!!!!



A dog show is divided into several classes which are based on either age of exhibit or prior qualifications. The following are the specifications of classes approved for show fixtures. Please note where separate classes are provided for each sex, the class numbers for bitches are followed by the letter ‘a’, i.e. Baby Puppy Bitch Class 1a.


Class 1 Baby Puppy– for dogs of three and under six months of age

Class 2 Minor Puppy– for dogs of six and under nine months of age

Class 3 Puppy– for dogs of six and under 12 months of age

Class 4 Junior – for dogs of nine and under 18 months of age

Class 5 Intermediate – for dogs of 18 months and under 36 months of age

Class 6 Novice – for dogs six months of age or over which have not won a first prize at any open show or championship show

Class 7 Graduate – for dogs six months of age or over which have not won a challenge certificate

Class 8 Limit – for dogs over 12 months of age which are not champions or have not gained sufficient points to qualify as a champion

Class 9 – State Bred – for dogs six months of age or over whelped (born) in the state in which it is exhibited

Class 10 Australian Bred – for dogs six months of age or over whelped (born) in Australia

Class 11 Open – for dogs six months of age or over
Class 15 Puppy Neuter – for neuter dogs aged six and under 12 months
Class 16 Junior Neuter – for neuter dogs aged nine and under 18 months
Class 17 Intermediate Neuter – for neuter dogs aged 18 and under 36 months
Class 18 Open Neuter – for neuter dogs aged six months or over

Class 21 Champion – for all champions entering an open show

Note: Occasionally desexed exhibits sweepstakes are conducted at shows. Age classes are occasionally reviewed and altered by the Australian National Kennel Council and notification printed in the Gazette.


How to enter an exhibit in a dog show

When you have read the schedule you will note a number of important features of the show are quoted:

  • the date of the fixture
  • the type of fixture, championship show, open show or competition
  • the judge or judges officiating
  • the name and address of the Kennel Club Secretary to whom the entries should be sent
  • the closing date of entry
  • the classes offered for the breeds
  • and many more other matters pertinent to the show


Pre 1987 Kennel Club, London

GENERAL APPEARANCE – The Lhasa Apso should give the appearance of a well balanced, solid dog.

CHARACTERISTICS – Gay, assertive, cautious of strangers.

TEMPERAMENT – Sullen when scolded, happy to lay at feet /near you, playful

HEAD AND SKULL – Heavy head furnishings with good fall over the eyes, good whiskers and beard. Skull moderately narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree; not quite flat, but not domed or apple shaped. Straight foreface, with medium stop. Black Nose. Muzzle about 3.8 cm long, but not square; the length from tip of nose to be roughly one-third the total length from nose to back of skull.

EYES – Dark. Medium sized eyes to be frontally placed, not large or full, or small and sunk. No white showing at base or top of eye.

EARS – Pendant, heavily feathered. Dark tips an asset.

MOUTH – Upper incisors should close just inside the lower, i.e. a reverse scissor bite. Incisors should be nearly in a straight line. Full dentition is desirable.

NECK – Strong, well covered with a dense mane which is more pronounced in dogs than in bitches.

FOREQUARTERS – Shoulder should be well laid back. Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair.

BODY – The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers. Well ribbed up. Level top line. Strong  loin. Well balanced and compact.

HINDQUARTERS – Well developed with good muscle. Good angulations. Heavily furnished. The hocks when viewed from behind should be parallel and not too close together.

FEET – Round and cat-like, with good pads. Well feathered.

TAIL – High set, carried well over back and not like a pot-hook. There is often a kink at the end. Well feathered.

GAIT/MOVEMENT –  Free and jaunty in movement.

COAT – Top coat heavy, straight and hard, not woolly or silky, of good length. Dense undercoat.

COLOUR – Golden, sandy, honey, grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown.

SIZE – Ideal height: 25.4 cm (10ins) at shoulder for dogs; Bitches slightly  smaller.

FAULTS – Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

NOTE – Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Non-Sporting Group     A.N.K.C. ©   January 1998

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