Tibetan KyiApso

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: less than 100 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown, Black & White, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 10-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Tibetan Kyi Apso is an ancient and very primitive herding and protecting dog breed that originated in Tibet. It is considered to be the oldest breed of dog of Tibetan area. Its origin dates back to 17th century. In tibetan, 'Kyi' means 'dog' and 'apso' translates into 'beared' so Kyi Apso is translated as Bearded Dog. This is a very rare breed outside its native country. These dogs are very loveable, charming and highly intelligent. Some even consider these dogs as 'Psychic'. Indigenous to the Mt.Kailish region of the Tibetan Plateau, this rare dog has evolved over the countless centuries into a superbly resilient and resourceful animal. Used primarily for guarding livestock and property, the Tibetan Kyi Apso is also a very fast and effective hunter. This breed stands between 24-27 inches and weighs below 100 lbs.

Because of the unusual facial hair, the KyiApso's head appears to be larger than it really is. The skull is flat and strong muzzle that appears fuller due to beard. Almond shaped eyes are deep amber or brown coloured. The ears are fairly long and carried low on the sides. Nose is always black. The well balanced and elongated body comes with a level topline, compact chest and tight loin. The tail is set high. When relaxed, it reaches below the hocks. It is carried in a forward plume of more than a full curl over one hip. This breed comes with a long, full and firm, weather resistant topcoat and soft and dense undercoat. This breed can come in any colour although black with tan, gold, white or silver are more preferred colours.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.


Any coat color is permitted; Black and tan, black and gold, black with a white chest spot, and black and silver are the most common colorings. Multi-colored coats are also acceptable. In Tibet, golden, white, mahogany and chocolate are also found and are equally acceptable.


This dog has a double coat. The outer coat is full, firm, rough and long while undercoat is soft and dense. Length of coat may vary according to weather and geographic location. Generally, it is noticeably thicker and longer on front of forelegs.


The Tibetan Kyi Apso is a very loving and affectionate breed. This dog has been used as herding and guardian of flock and family and has developed high protective instincts. It is naturally wary of strangers. This breed is very devoted to its master and even tempered as family companion. The KyiApso is an energetic dog that enjoys running and activity. It has exceptional agility and fast start capability. The tight hocked hindquarters seem to assist in its ability to make extraordinary turns. Because of his energy, the dog may become destructive if confined alone for extended periods. In his "off-duty" mode, the KyiApso is generally very laid back and mellow. Though loving and devoted, the dog may show stubborn streak and needs early age socialization and training to become an amenable family companion.


The long coat of this breed will need regular grooming.


Due to stubborn and independent nature, this dog will need firm and consistent trainer who can establish himself as this dogs true packleader. This breed will not be suitable for inexperienced or weak owners.


High levels of energy and stamina of this dog require fair amount of physical stimulation. The dog should be given ample time and opportunity to play and run as it likes.

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