The objective of the breeding program at Jaron's Lhasas is to introduce just enough refinement
to be competitive in the show ring while still preserving true type as well as correct structure and balance.
Still today, by many, the breed has been separated generally into three different groups:
Hamilton, Tibetan and early English imports. For this discussion the groups are defined as follows:
"Hamilton" is a tradition by breeders who believe their dogs descended solely from the dogs originally
imported to Hamilton farms in the 1940's & 50's. Tibetan Lhasas are the combination of Hamilton dogs crossed
with one or two dogs brought into Great Britain from Tibet. Finally, early English imports, also sometimes referred
to as "Sparky", contain dogs of varying origins crossed with the forenamed two groups.
There have been recently some new imports but are too few to consider for this discussion.
Even though the Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed, there are many breeders today who believe
they have the insight to reinvent the breed to suit individual tastes. Too many changes and by definition
of a Lhasa Apso is lost and what is left is some sort of hybrid that even the Dalai Lama might not recognize.
While there are still a handful of Hamilton and Tibetan breeders, the vast majority of Lhasas bred today are a melting pot of breed lines.
Knowledge of Lhasa origins and history are paramount to understanding correct type and structure for this breed.
AKC Lhasa Apso Standard
Because the current is so brief and general,
it is important to have a working understanding of normal canine construction.
While all aspects of the standard pertaining to head, coat, tail set, etc are important, the primary
consideration when evaluating an animal is, given its structure and balance, would the animal have the ability
to survive the harsh climate and rugged terrains of Tibet? After all, preserving an ancient breed, a dog that is
sturdy with good angles and proper proportions instead of developing a new breed should be the goal of any breeding program.
It is up to the enthusiasts and responsible breeders to preserve the unique characteristics of this ancient breed.
If the Lhasa Apso is allowed fundamental changes based on fads, arrogance or lack of education,
the whole aspect of breeding is just pointless...