The Tibetan KyiApso

Kang and Mindu

One of the rarest breeds in the world
The lovable Tibetan KyiApso(kee-AHP-soh) is a rare and ancient breed from Tibet, the "rooftop of the world." Traditionally used by nomads for guarding livestock and for personal protection, these large, playful dogs are recognized by their long, full coats, fully curled tails and "bearded" faces. In Tibetan, "kyi" means dog, and "apso" means bearded. KyiApsos are highly intelligent dogs; some of those lucky enough to live with KyiApsos swear that they are "psychic." Whatever that extra special quality is, these dogs have irresistible charm and personality.

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is one of our imports from the foot of Mt. Kailash, one of Tibet's most holy sites. In June, 1994, Dr. Daniel Taylor-Ide, who brought the first Tibetan KyiApso into the U.S., led a small expedition from Lhasa to the holy mountain, on a pilgrimage to find KyiApso puppies. We called it The Search for the Tibetan KyiApso.

The Tibetan KyiApso Club exists to support this exciting breed. It wants to ensure that a responsible breeding program is established, in order to preserve the unique traditional features of the KyiApso as it has developed in its native Tibet.

The Club is continually working on its breeding program and Tibetan KyiApso Standard. We also have a Photogallery, including our latest puppies!!! And we have a mystery breed! Can you guess what it is?

Here are some good Tibet and Tibetan dog breed sites:

The Tibetan KyiApso Club's mailing list
Liz Bartlett's Tibetan Mastiffs page
The Lhasa Apso Home Page
The Tibetan Spaniel page
Tibetan breed-lovers now have a mailing list run by Liz Bartlett
Future Generations, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the environment, especially in Tibet. Dr. Daniel Taylor-Ide founded the group.

For more information about Tibetan KyiApsos, email

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