FCI Standard N° 209/20.04.1998
Patronage: Nagy Britannia
Original standard: 25.08.1988
Classification: Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs
Section 5. - Tibetan breeds
Without working trial
medium-sized, long-haired, generally square outline; resolute
Lively, good-natured. Loyal
companion dog with many engaging ways. Outgoing, alert, intelligent and game; neither fierce nor pugnacious. Sparing of affection to strangers.
well furnished with long hair, falling forward over eyes. Lower jaw
carrying small, but not exaggerated amount of beard.
- Cranial region:
Skull: Of medium length, neither broad nor
coarse, narrowing slightly from ear to eye, neither domed nor absolutely
flat between ears.
Stop: Marked in front of eyes, but not
- Facial region:
Muzzle: Strong. Length from eye to tip of
nose equal to length from eye to base of skull.
Jaw/Teeth: Lower jaw well developed.
Incisors set in slight curve, evenly spaced and set perpendicular to
jaw. Scissor or reversed scissor bite.
Cheeks: Zygomatic arch curved, but not overdeveloped so as to bulge.
Eyes: Large, round, neither prominent nor
sunken; set fairly wide apart; dark brown. Eye rims black.
Ears: Pendant, carried not too close to
head, V-shaped, not too large, heavily feathered.
muscled, compact and powerful. Length from point of shoulder to root of
tail equal to height at withers.
Back: Level over ribs.
Loin: Short, slightly arched.
Chest: Well ribbed up.
Medium length, set on fairly high and carried in a gay curl over back.
Very well feathered. Kink near tip often occurring and permissible.
Forequarters: Heavily furnished. Legs
straight and parallel.
Shoulders: Well laid.
Pasterns: Slightly sloping.
Hindquaters: Heavily furnished.
Stifles: Well bent.
Hocks: Low set.
Large, round, heavily furnished with
hair between toes and pads. Standing well down on pads; no arch in
Smooth; good reach; powerful drive. When walking or trotting hind legs
should track neither inside nor outside the front legs.
Hair: Double coat. Undercoat fine and
woolly. Top coat profuse, fine but not silky nor woolly; long; either
straight or waved but not curled.
Colour: White, golden, cream, grey or
smoke, black, parti-colour and tricolours; in fact any colour except
chocolate or liver permissible.
Height at shoulder: Dogs: 35.6 - 40.6
cm (14 - 16 ins); bitches slightly smaller.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of
the dog. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into