Successful breeding programs
are imperative to the Program's
mission. Small population management calls for a
cooperative effort between hosts of the dogs, breeders
of Apsos - both Gompa Lhasa Apsos and modern Lhasa Apsos
- and general fanciers of the breed.
GLAPP is working together
with hosts and fellow breeders,
developing pods of dogs in different parts of the USA.
breeder believes the genetic lineage should be
perpetuated; the Gompa dogs have traits worth
maintaining and a history that should be preserved. It
is important to realize that the rescue of this lineage
is an ongoing project, a work in progress.
Kennel Without Walls is a unique approach; individuals
host a dog, or dogs, in their home where they become a
cherished member of the family and yet available to
participate in the Program for tracking purposes and/or
Debby Rothman - Kunza|
Debby has been a breeder of distinction for over
30 years with more than 100 champion Lhasa Apsos through
Fleetfire - FFT - Kennel to her credit.
In addition, Debby has achieved worldwide recognition for
her publications and expertise regarding Renal Dysplasia. With her deep
knowledge of the Lhasa Apso breed, standard breeding
approaches, leading-edge information regarding DNA testing
and small population management programs she is uniquely
qualified to make breeding decisions based on a
comprehensive set of criteria. She guides breeding
decisions for the overall population, as well as her Kunza
She houses the largest
number of Gompa dogs,
at one location,
her kennel, located at 9000'
elevation, next to Arapaho National Forest, in the Colorado Rockies.
Kunza is named after Debby's AKC Fleetfire Kennel....kunza meaning, in
The dogs thrive in a
high-quality kennel environment with a carefully prepared
diet, lots of exercise and high levels of socialization.
Debby, a certified Veterinary Technician, owns Mountain
Pet Grooming in Evergreen, Colorado. She has been a
long-standing and very active member of the Lhasa Apso
Club of Central Colorado and currently chairs the Native
Stock Committee of the American Lhasa Apso
As part of her
interest, she presents the dogs in
educational programs so fanciers, exhibitors and breeders
are made aware of these unique dogs that provide a bridge
to the past.