|CANADIAN BREED HISTORY
The LHASA APSO has been in Tibetan monasteries
for 2000 years. With the problems faced by the
Tibetan people of late, the breed will survive only
outside its country of origin.
The first Lhasa Apsos were brought to England in
the mid 1850's with the first specimen registered
with The Kennel Club(England) in l896.
During WW2, breeders were asked by The Kennel
Club to keep breeding to a minimum, this was very
hard on the rarer breeds but the Lhasa Apsos
survived and the number steadily increased during
the post war year.
Although it is probable that Lhasas were imported to
Canada earlier than the 1930's, two Shanghai bred
Lhasa Apsos were the first documented.
Imported by Margaret Torrible of Vancouver in l931,
they were the first of the breed to be registered in
Canada. They were Dinkie a female and Taikoo of
Kokonor a male. The two dogs were inspected by a
Canadian Kennel Club director in November 1933 and
accorded registration as Lhasa Terriers. The name
was later changed to LHASA APSO.
In 1960, the CKC listed the following breeders:
Margaret Carroll, Carroll Reg., Ontario
Mrs. Joseph Kersch, Metropolitan Reg., Quebec
Barbara Ratledge, Las-A-Rab Reg., Alberta Georgia
and James Roberts, Abbotsford Lhasa Apsos,
British Columbia and
Margaret J. Tee, Guys Lhasa Apsos,Ontario.
By 1965 twenty breeders were listed including
Justine Campbell, Justdean Reg., British Columbia,
and Lise Halvorsen, Crestwood Reg. Quebec. Dr.
Ellen Brown, Balrene Reg. Ontario, owned her
first Lhasa Apso in 1954 but only bred her first
Lhasa litter in 1962.
By 1969, the breeders included Arlene Miller,
Desiderata Reg., British Columbia and Ann-Marie
Adderley, Nonsuch Reg., Ontario, a Lhasa Apso
owner since l959. These Lhasa Apso
owner/exhibitors were two of the five founding
members of LHASA APSO CANADA.
In the 1970's more Canadian breeders joined the
Peggy Bishop, Totem Reg., British Columbia
Audrey Carpenter, Treepine Reg., Ontario
Barbara Chevalier, Lady W's Reg., Quebec
Cathy Freeman, Irlees Reg., Ontario
Neil Graves, Trublu Reg., Alberta
Jan MacDonald, Jalco Reg., Manitoba
Sheila Pike, Zaralinga Reg., Ontario
Barbara Sellwood, Tahna Reg., Ontario
Carolyn Trettler, Shangrilhasa Reg., Alberta
Judy Weinholdt, Exotic Reg., Manitoba
Colin Williams, Kiodisan Reg., Newfoundland and
Audrey Wright,Tawntachu Reg., Ontario
By the eighties the breed was well established in
Georgia and James Roberts had Lhasas since
1954 so it was fitting that their Can Am Ch Teako
of Abbotsford was the first of the breed to go
Best in Show in Canada.
Canadian Lhasa Apsos have done well in the U.S.
as in 1969 Teako won the American Lhasa Apso
Club's Western Regional Specialty. In 1971, Dr.
Ellen Brown's Can Am Ch Balrene Chia Pao won
ALAC's Eastern Regional Specialty and in l985 the
ALAC National was won by Can Am Ch Nexus Lam
Kam Chin owned by Lillian Woods and bred by
Gerry and Tony Vicklicky, all of Ontario.
In January 1974, the Lhasa Apso breed was
moved from the Terrier Group to the
Non-Sporting Group and in l982 an updated
standard was approved by the Canadian Kennel
Today the Canadian record for twenty All Breed
Best in Shows is held by Can Am Ber Ch Lasacas
Jengo Taka Chance Too owned by Ottawa area
breeders Janet Lacasse and Betty Tennant.
Lhasa Apso owners are found across Canada
but the majority of exhibitors are found in the
densely populated areas.
A Mrs Haas had Lhasa Apsos in Toronto in the 1950's breeding under the Karandale
prefix. Her stock had been imported from the U.S. Her lines are behind the foundation
stock of kennels from the West Coast to the East.