Breed Rating (1 Reviews)
This breed’s origins are unknown, but paintings featuring the breed are evident in 16th century German art. They are most likely a European breed and they are related to both the Bichon Frise and Havanese. They were originally only associated with aristocracy and high ranking individuals by whom they were used as companions. Their name means little lion in German. They were given this name due to the characteristic lion cut of their fur. The coat is trimmed from the last rib all the way down to their back legs and feet. Their tails are partially trimmed to leave a plume at the end, again, like a lion. By the 1960’s their numbers were dwindling, but a concerted effort to breed them has helped slowly raise their numbers up. Even to this day they are considered a rare breed.
The Lowchen is a jolly little dog that enjoys the company of people. They were bred as companions and are very good at this. They don’t like being left alone for long periods of time and can succumb to loneliness. They need someone to be around for the majority of the day. They are loyal dogs that will always try to be by your side, whether this be accompanying you on trips to the bathroom or curling up next to you on the couch or in bed. They aren’t a lazy breed and do enjoy a walk, but will be perfectly happy to stay inside with you all day. Basically, they’ll want to be wherever their owner/family is. They seem to like everyone they come across, and form very close bonds with their family.
Lowchens make good watchdogs as they bark at anything that enters the property. They have great hearing and hear everything that's going on, no sneaking past this dog! They have a natural urge to please their owners, this makes training quite easy as they’ll be putting in 100% effort all the time. Be sure to keep training positive however, as they don’t react well to harsh words. Treats and praise will be most effective. Giving the problem solving games will help keep their mind active and healthy. Sometimes their barking can be a nuisance, so you might want to teach them the “quiet” command early on.
Their coats don’t require that much care, brushing every other day and a monthly clipping in the classic "lion cut" will be enough. Many owners prefer the puppy cut as this is much simpler and also saves effort and money. They don’t shed much fur at all.
The Lowchen has a sweet natured and loyal temperament. They are loving dogs who will cherish every moment that they get to spend with you. It doesn’t matter where, as long as they are with you they’ll be satisfied.
Lowchens may be prone to luxating patella (dislocation of the knee cap), allergies, and eye diseases including progressive retinal atrophy (degeneration of the retina which can lead to blindness).
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 12 - 14
- Weight: 11 - 18 lbs
- Height: 12 - 14"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Medium
- Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Flat
- Minimum Garden Size: No Garden
- Breed Type: Toy Dog
- Size: Small
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Up to 30 Minutes