Showsight Presents The Lhasa Apso

References: The Lhasa Apso Illustrated Guide, The Lhasa Apso Judges’ Education Presentation, The Of- ficial American Lhasa Apso Club Verbal Guide to the Breed Standard BIOS Barbara Schwartz | Mancos, CO Having started showing Lhasa

going away, the pads of the rear feet should be evident—but never kicking up with exaggerated motion. When viewed com- ing toward you, the front feet contact the ground well forward with no tendency toward hackney or exaggerated lift. From the side, the Lhasa should cover ground with ease. Th e gait should be smooth and free-flowing without any hint of wasted action. Th e neck is strong and carries the head with an air of assertiveness. As the Lhasa increases its speed there is a ten- dency for the head to be extended slight- ly toward the line of travel. Th e topline should be level and the tail must be carried over the back. Th e single fault mentioned in the standard is low carriage of stern. While at rest, it is common for a Lhasa to hold his tail in the down position, but the tail must come up and over the back once the dog begins to move. No champi- onship points should ever be awarded to a dog with its tail down. Th e Lhasa Apso is a gay and assertive dog and should move like one. Th ere is nothing more glorious than a fully coated Lhasa Apso, carry- ing his head with an air of assertiveness, moving e ff ortlessly and enthusiastically around the ring. The National Specialty for the Amer- ican Lhasa Apso Club will be in St. Lou- is MO in October of 2014 and in Boston MA in October of 2015. Plan to attend the Judges’ Education program there. For information contact Bobbie Wood at anbara@comcast.net. Our IllustratedGuide, a list of breedmen- tors along with a brief video can be found on the ALAC website at lhasaapso.org.

pital. We got back into limited showing and applied for our judges’ licenses. I have been most fortunate to have been invited to judge the National Specialty for both of my breeds.

Jan Bruton | Portland, Oregon When my hus-

Apsos in 1974, I have been the br e ed e r - owne r - handler or owner- handler on all of my dogs and am a Register Of Merit Breeder of Lha-

band Larry and I moved to Port- land in 1971, we bought our 1st house and the next day bought our 1st dog- a Lhasa Apso. We even- tually acquired a Lhasa to show. Th is little dog had

sas. I am the immediate past President of the American Lhasa Apso Club, and have served as Show Chairman for three Nation- als as well as serving on the Board of Direc- tors and on the Judges’ Education Commit- tee. German Shorthaired Pointers are my second breed, and I have been involved with breeding and exhibiting them since 1984. In 1998, I joined AKC as Director of Show Operations, and then was pro- moted to Assistant Vice President of Show Operations and liaison to the Delegates Committee for Dog Show Rules. I served as the first Show Chairman for the AKC/ Eukanuba Invitational show in 2001. While working for AKC I also served on the Board of Directors of the North Caro- lina State Animal Response Team (SART), which was the founding organization for the Animal Emergency Response Teams. After retiring from AKC in 2003, we moved to Colorado where we own and operate the Mancos Valley Veterinary Hos-

2 traits that were perfect for novices like us - an indestructible coat and a great atti- tude. We showed to Keke (Blumberg) Kahn at our 1st show and despite going 4th in a class of 4, we were hooked. We had a very limited breeding program but bred winners of a National Specialty, a National Grand Futurity , a National Sweepstakes and a multi all-breed BIS and are ALAC ROM breeders. I have been active in the Ameri- can Lhasa Apso Club in several capacities including as Secretary and am currently serving on the Board of Directors and on the Breed Standard Committee. In my other life, I owned and operated a successful children’s bookstore in Port- land for 21 years. After retiring, I applied to judge and currently am approved for 4 Non-Sporting breeds. I had the huge honor of judging our National Specialty in 2012.

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