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Lowchen Facts

  • Group
  • Non Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 12" - 14"
  • Weight
  • 9-18 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

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.

Health Concerns

Luxating patellas.

Additional Information

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 +


Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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