- Non Sporting
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 12" - 14"
- 9-18 lbs.
- 12 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
Little Lion Dog, Lion Dog, Little Lion.
The Lowchen originated in France.
Date Of Origin
This breed developed in the 1600's.
L?wchen are referred to in words and photos as far back as the mid-15th century. The breed is quite possibly from Germany, although for many years it was believed to have its origin in the Mediterranean. Regardless of origin, we know that the L?wchen has been a distinct breed for more than 400 years. The breed nearly disappeared in the 19th century, but tireless efforts by a Belgian breeder ensured the Lowchen?s continued existence.
The breed?s name translates from the German as "little lion". The names come from the traditional L?wchen clip, with close-cut hindquarters and a full, natural mane.
The Lowchen is a small, square dog. It has a large, broad skull and muzzle that are equal in length. The eyes are deep set, large and round. The eyes and nose are dark. The ears are medium sized and pendant. The tail is medium length and carried curled over the back. The long coat is slightly wavy, dense, and soft. It is generally cut into a lions clip, shaved at the back and natural at the front. It can be of any color.
The Lowchen is alert, intelligent, and affectionate with the overall qualities of a loving companion dog. It has a lively, outgoing, and inquisitive personality.
This breed is purely a companion dog, but if necessary, it will defend its house with intense barking.
The Lowchen will need professional grooming and brushing from the owner. Be sure you are ready for this commitment before owning this breed.
Show Sources & Contributors +
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle