TL-Project has been initialized with the purpose to locate authentic
Lhasa and to integrate those into the actual breeding process.
Originally the intention was to import the dogs from their country of
origin and to help establishing them with the authentic American Apso
breeds. As a matter of fact only one verified Lhasa-Apso-bloodline does
exist worldwide that has its foundation in Tibet, respectively in the
area of Lhasa, whose offspring has been purebred until today. Initially
this genuine Tibetan line can be traced back to nine Apsos that has been
sent over the years to the United States of America by the 13th Dalai
Lama (7 dogs) and the 14th Dalai Lama (two more specimen in the year
1959). This particular line is called "Hamilton-Line", named
after the "Hamilton-Farms", where this line has been
established and developed.
today this genuine line has been continuously developed by dedicated
breeders to keep the origins of the type authentic. After so many years
of linebreeding without any fresh blood, It’s now necessary to
integrate some fresh blood. Of course this can and should only be done
with imported dogs from the Himalayas and the neighbouring States of
Tibet, where many Tibetans escaped to. Other bloodlines in the American
Lhasa scene are out of the question since they reveal traces of blood
from the English bred Shih-Tzus and Shih-Tzu-Champions or other
questionable imports. Of
course similar lines, which are mostly mixed with English dogs, are not
acceptable for the same reason and hence useless for serious breeding
purposes. English registrations in the early breeding attempts of Lhasa
Apsos, Shih-Tzus and Tibet Terrier and their relation to each individual
breed have been often questionable. All three breeds have been taken
care of, issued and bred together concurrently and have been slowly
re-invented in the course of time. The only genuine pure lines in
England have been wiped out completely after the Second World War as a
result of a distemper epidemic.
been almost 25 years now that we breed with the offspring of the
Hamilton-Line here in Germany. Dolsa Marlo Matador and Dolsa Red Alert
have been the first representatives of these lines in this region and
many later imports, besides one exception, were purebred Hamilton dogs,
res. could be traced back to those dogs from Tibet, that have been
purebred further in the United States. Because of additional imports
from the Himalayas, we could await reinforcements for the old, genuine
lines and a breeding program has been established that is now focusing
on cross breeding dogs from traditional Tibetan origins with those from
the Hamilton-Line. Along the line of this particular breeding program (the
TL Program) only the genuine, traditional line will be crossed with
imported dogs that fulfil only the best requirements for breeding and
are a strong representative of its line. Only after having bred the
third generation of this line (and the completed pedigree) those dogs
will be available for other breeders to breed with. In the first
instance those dogs will only be crossed among others from the same
origin following these conditions: An import from the Himalayas-States (accepted
for breeding purposes and x-rayed) crossed with the Hamilton-Line and/or
any line with certified Tibetan origins.
outlines shall be supervised by the committee members of the KTR. The
committee agreed with the outline of this project in 1995 and should
last until the completion of the pedigree. Duration of the project is
until May 2005.
about the TL program:
Imports from Canada
Pure Tibetan lines from USA
Straight Hamilton from USA
1994 Chu Chu Princess of Tongsa, who was a present of the Royal
Bhutanese Family to Inge Panitz during her trip to Bhutan, had her first
and only litter for her owners in Switzerland. The sire of this litter
was Fu Kao Ink Street, bred by Karen Olesen of Denmark. Two bitches from
this litter were kept for breeding, although at least two more were of
breeding quality; Ani-la went to Traschi-Deleg Kennel and Ashi-la was
co-owned by Inge Panitz and Karin Acker and had her puppies in Karin’s
von Tri-Song kennel.
those days, only a few Apso breeders were interested in breeding with
these imports, so it wasn’t easy to find homes for puppies with
responsible breeders. Some German TT breeders became curious about this
interesting project to built up a new Apso line, Ingrid Kuhl (Sin Padma) fell in love with Ani-la and Gerti Bracksieck gave her to
Ingrid a few weeks later.
1995 the second TL litter was for Traschi-Deleg kennel. Kunga
Dendrup, a male who was bred by Rinchen Om, an old Tibetan lady living
in Bhutan, and imported by the Panitz family and Gerti Bracksieck after
their third trip to Bhutan, was mated to Kai-La-Sha Kumquat, a small,
red very type bitch. Their litter was very interesting; Traschi-Deleg
V’Dochu-la went to Ro Witzler, a former TT breeder and now Apso
breeder for several years (Bhotiya). Some KTR breeders, again specially
T T breeders, were interested in this very typical and refined puppies,
and when Christel Hoppe of the well known von Lu-Khang TT kennel saw
them she just fell in love with Traschi-Deleg V’Rinzin, off she went
with Christel, who later on had some of the nicest TL litter out of her.
Karin Acker kept the very typical litter brother “Tibet” for a while,
though he was later placed in a pet home.
Gerti Bracksieck and Kerstin Handrich chose Am.Ch. Sharil Justifiable to
take home for the TL program, especially because of his pedigree went
back to predominantly old Everglo. He lived with Ralf Golzem and Markus
Horn (Shanti’s) . “Justin” sired several litters in Germany
including two TL litters.
1996 Gerti Bracksieck and Kerstin Handrich always thinking of the
continuing goal to preserve the true type Tibetan Apso, knew that this
gene pool needed some more input. They contacted Mr. G.D’Aoust, who
had imported quite number of Apsos from Tibetan refugees in Northern
India and Nepal to his home in Canada. In June they travelled to Eastern
Canada to see his dogs. His breeding stock was already very inbred and
they decided to take only one bitch and one male. They saw “Lungta”
as an adult girl shaved to the skin and were fascinated by her. She was
sent to Berlin a few weeks later in whelp of her kennel mates.
D’Aoust kennel they saw a beautiful silver bitch, who has a litter
just weeks old at the time. Several months later out of that litter, “Pato”,
came to Germany and Ro Witzler was very happy to have him in her house,
joining her first TL bitch, Doch-la.
soon became the “queen” in the Bracksieck’s household. She came to
Germany very ill and had to be treated, so they are feared for her
puppies, but in the end she whelped two healthy pups of nice type, but
not better quality than their mother, so they were placed in pet homes.
sired one very nice litter with Rinzin for Christel Hoppe. The pick
bitch Khadoma, came to Gerti B.. Her litter brother, Kushog, stays with
Karin Acker and has produced some litters for the program and some with
non-TL bitches. One of the type sons, Pokahra Balu, breed and owned by
Claudia Tödt has been successfully shown and when bred back t the TL
bitch Asanga-Chu produced a high quality litter for Karin Acker in 2002.
was a very lovely and type dog, but he brought from Canada a very severe
chronic skin infection, which could not be cued, and he had to be put to
sleep at young age.
was a severe step back for the TL program, non mentioning what it meant
to Ro Witzler, who very much loved this special little guy.
Acker bred her Chu-Chu daughter to Sharil Justifiable and kept a bitch,
Sangha Chu-Chu, a little tall but very well balanced and great moving
with a magnificent coat.
Witzler used him for Dochu-la and kept a lovely small, well built up
bitch from this breeding, which she later sold to a veterinarian couple
who were interested in the program, but unfortunately they only had one
litter with her.
about four months of age the little devil “Sharbo Senge” was sent to
Germany. Most time he stayed with Kerstin Handrich and later on in Ro
Witzler’ house, and was used for several bitches. He proved to be a
dominant sire of his own type, small size and deep red colouring. He had
a strong personality and self-confidence of the Apsos in the early days
and passed it on to his puppies.
Acker kept W’Asanga-Chu, a nice, typical small daughter of Senge, to
continue the line.
Hoppe produced Nyilam and gave her to her TT breeder friend Ilona Schönewolf.
Nyilam has her first litter of five type and consistent puppies. Ro
Witzler had an even consistent litter out of Dochu-la and Senge. She
kept the most lovely Valentin and his litter sister Vashti. Ani-la’s
litter of six wasn’t as consistent. Ingrid Kuhl kept an exceptional
built bitch with a lovely head, Sin Padma Wang-mo.
1999 Kerstin Handrich could get Am.Ch.Taz Dakota Sunset, “Cody”. He
lived in Germany with Claudia Tödt. She successfully showed him to his
German and International Champion title.
was bred to Dochu-la. The litter was very promising, but Ro Witzler
couldn’t keep another dog, so all live in pet homes.
was also bred to Khadoma, and her daughter Gyalmo now lives with Karin
Acker and is co-owned with Kerstin Handrich. She is difficult to show,
but despite her size is a beautiful bitch. At two years of age Gyalmo
has a wonderful coat of best texture, a refined head and just floats
Hoppe bred Cody to Rinzin and kept a lovely bitch named Shim-tru and her
small litter brother Simba. Their tall, but very nice, litter sister
Shimi has later a litter of eight really nice puppies.
has brought a lot of improvements to the TL program. He especially
produced consistently good bites and healthy, strong rear ends, lovely
correct coats, clean type heads and good temperaments.
Kuhl bred Chenrezi (100% import) to her Ani-la (50% import, litter
sister to Ashi-la) and got a litter of eight black and tan puppies of
very original type. The best bitch was kept for breeding and the rest of
them are giving joy to their families.
October 2001 Kerstin Handrich imported a black and tan male Am. Ch.
Sharil M.I.B.from USA. “Will” came over to live with Kerstin
Handrich for one year. He is a highly intelligent, easy going and
sensitive dog, who adapted himself easily to his new living situation.
2003 he was bred to Rinzin for her last litter and produced five very
dark coloured puppies. Christel Hoppe kept the pick of the litter
“Sandur” and Claudia Tödt kept one of the bitches “Tara-lu”. A
black and tan little sister will be bred, too.
far it seems that Will produced excellent bone and well muscled bodies,
strong bites, very good coat texture and correct size.
2002 Karin Acker bred Kushog
to Asanga-Chu and out of this very nice litter she kept the golden bitch
Dza-ti Chu. She lives now in France with Frederique Chancel and was
integrated in the French Tibetan Line . Out of both lines Frederique
kept a little golden bitch. (www.lhassa-de-gelukpa.com)
was bred to Gyalmo-la, but only one male was born and lives now in
Austria in his new family.
2003 Kerstin Handrich imported the small golden bitch “Sharil Tsimba
Traschi-Deleg. She is very typey, of best temperament and has a
wonderful head and coat of best textur.
2004 Chenrezi was bred to Tsimba and a beautiful litter was born.
Kerstin kept the two typical bitches Lhamo Lungta and Lhamo Mani. Their
litter brother Lobsang Max lives now in France with Annette Morin.
In the same year Chenrezi was bred to Tara-Lu and a nice litter of seven was born. Claudia Tödt kept the bitch “Ha-na Honi-la and the lovely, typical grey male H’Chi-mo enjoys the family from Beate Weckner. Chi-mo is kept for future breeding.
examples for breeding TL
my opinion this TL program was finished with a very satisfied success.
There was integrating new blood under consistent ward and considered
attention to consolidate and protect the authentic type.
it is in the hands of the breeder, to follow the way, which was found
out of these knowledge and future breeding with the goal to protect the
authentic Lhasa Apso.
think there is created a good possibility and anymore hope to breed the
original Lhasa Apso. The Lhasa Apso is a breed to protect and this TL
program has done the first step.
by Karin Acker
Apso Litters of Tibetan Line Program (TL):