The Lhasa Apso joined the ranks of the Tibetan Mastiff, Saluki and Basenji, with the general membership’s approval to expand the gene pool outside the existing AKC registered dogs by incorporating region-of-origin dogs.  In August 2011 seventeen dogs from the GompTwo-Pronged Approach.jpga Lhasa Apso Preservation Program entered the AKC studbook. Additionally, ALAC has continued use of AKC’s FSS® (Foundation Stock Service®) for region-of-origin Lhasa Apsos - whether they come from the actual geographical area where the breed originated or from another country that does not have a reciprocal registry with the AKC.

The goal of recording recently imported region-of-origin Lhasa Apsos is to increase genetic diversity while maintaining the integrity of the AKC studbook. To be eligible for FSS® recordation, the Lhasa Apso must be considered pure bred with ancestry traceable to the region of origin. All Lhasa Apsos in any generation to be recorded by FSS® must go through the same Critique Process. To be individually recorded, the Lhasa Apso must be at least 6 months old at the time of critique and the owner must supply the following:

A completed AKC FSS® Recordation Application Form.

Copies of import/export documentation (if imported).

Copy of DNA profile.

Copy of microchip identification.

A pedigree, if available, extended as far back as known.

Copies of any and all registration certificates.

Submit the foregoing, along with any other documentation that helps establish the dog as a pure-bred Lhasa Apso, to the NS Registrar.

Once the completed AKC FSS® Recordation Application, photographs and required documentation are received by the NS Registrar, the dog will be assigned a Critique Case Number (CCN). The owner will be informed of the CCN along with scheduled dates and locations at which the Lhasa Apso may be presented for critiquing by a panel of three pre-qualified Critique Judges. If no timely critiques are scheduled in a location readily accessible to the Lhasa Apso owner, the NS Registrar will provide the owner of the Lhasa Apso with a list of qualified Critique Judges who may independently critique the Lhasa Apso and send the completed Critique Forms directly to the NS Registrar. 

All dogs that undergo the Critique Process will receive a CCN. This information will be kept by the NS Registrar.  If a dog is considered not to be a pure-bred Lhasa Apso, it will be recorded with the word "Rejected" as a suffix to its CCN (CCN# -REJECTED). 

Upon receipt of three Critique Forms, all judging the dog to be a pure-bred Lhasa Apso and receipt of a check payable to AKC for FSS® Application, the NS Registrar will promptly forward the FSS® Application, photographs, supporting documents and a letter confirming that the Lhasa Apso has been found to be a pure-bred Lhasa Apso, to AKC FSS® for recordation.

If at any time prior to the time that a full three generation has been produced and approved, any dog in any of the succeeding litters is judged by one or more Critique Judges not to be a pure-bred Lhasa Apso, then the NS Registrar promptly will notify AKC FSS® of such determination, and AKC FSS® promptly will cause the recordation of all dogs back to the original import to be cancelled.

Native Stock Registrar:
Debby Rothman

AKC FSS® Procedures and Forms:

Preserving the Future Enlisting the Past – handout from October 27, 2010 presentation pdf

Preserving the Future Enlisting the Past – ALAC Bulletin, August 2010 pdf

Preserving the Future Enlisting the Past – presentation script pdf

Preserving the Future Enlisting the Past – Panel Discussion pdf

A Landrace Breed – AKC Gazette, June 2010 pdf

Native Stock Committee Reports pdf

Gompa Lhasa Apso information website: Gompa Lhasa Apso Preservation Program

The objectives of the Native Stock Committee are:

  • Educate and inform the membership about the introduction of region-of-origin stock through a series of presentations.
  • Put into place methods for the introduction of region-of-origin stock through AKC-approved protocols.
  • Organization of committee to oversee Procedures for AKC FS®S Recordation and Litter Recordation.
  • Organize trip(s) to the Himalayan Plateau in search of region-of-origin stock.
  • Track and monitor FSS dogs for health and genetic issues; maintain a database of findings.

Debby Rothman – Chairman

Committee Members:
Vickie Kuhlmann,
Cassandra de la Rosa,
Leslie Baumann,
Arlene Miller,
Margie Evans
Lynette Clooney.