FCI-Standard Nr. 227 (16.04.2004 / GB)
ORIGIN : Tibet
PATRONAGE : Great Britain
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 24.03.2004
UTILIZATION : Toy Dog
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs.
Section 5 Tibetan breeds.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Well balanced, sturdy, heavily coated
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Gay and assertive. Alert, steady but somewhat aloof with strangers
HEAD : Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes; good whiskers and beard.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Moderately narrow, falling away behind eyes, not quite flat, but not domed or apple headed.
Stop : Medium
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black
Muzzle : About 4cm (1 1/2 ins), but not square; length from tip of nose roughly one third of total length from nose to back of skull.
Foreface : Straight
Jaws/Teeth : Upper incisors close just inside lower i.e. reverse scissor bite. Incisors in a broad and as straight a line as possible. Full dentition desirable.
Eyes : Dark. Medium size, frontally placed, oval, neither large nor full, nor small and sunk. No white showing at base or top.
Ears : Pendant, heavily feathered
NECK : Strong and well arched
BODY : Length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks greater than height at withers. Balanced and compact.
Back : Level topline
Loin : Strong
Chest : Ribs extending well back
TAIL : High set, carried well over back but not like a pot-hook. Often a kink at end. Well feathered.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight, heavily furnished with hair
Shoulders : Well laid back
HINDQUARTERS : Well developed with good muscle. Good angulation. Heavily furnished with hair
Hocks : When viewed from behind parallel and not too close together
FEET : Round, cat-like with firm pads. Well feathered
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Free and jaunty
HAIR : Top coat long, heavy, straight, hard neither woolly nor silky. Moderate undercoat.
COLOUR : Golden, sandy, honey, dark grizzle, slate, smoke, parti-colour, black, white or brown. All equally acceptable.
SIZE : Ideal height : 25.4 cm (10 ins) 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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.