Origins and qualities of Keeshond and Lhasa Apso.
Bred from the same strains of Arctic stock that gave rise to the Chow Chow, Samoyed, Pomeranian, and Norwegian Elkhound. The Keeshond (Kayze-hawnd) was Holland's barge dog, named after Kees de Gyselaer, leader of the patriots' party throughout the political strife of the 18th century. True to Arctic type, it is short-coupled and dense, having strong chest and straight legs. Its head is wedge-shaped, with powerful muzzle of moderate length, and triangular ears that stand upright. The dark, somewhat slanting eyes have strange penciled lines running up from the outer corners to theears. The body is profusely covered with long, straight hair that leaps out from a downy undercoat.
WEIGHT: 35-45 pounds
HEIGHT 17-18 inches
COLOR: mixture of gray and black (outer coat black-tipped, with gray or cream undercoat).
The Lhasa Apso, native to the lamaseries around the sacred city of Tibet, was esteemed as
WEIGHT: 13-20 pounds
HEIGHT: 8-11 inches
COLOR: all colors, with or without dark tips to ears and beard.