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Lowchen Dog Breed

Picture: Kent and Donna Dannen


companion, water dog

Area of origin:

France, Germany

Original function:


Average size of male:

Ht: 12-14, Wt: 8-18

Average size of female:

Ht: 12-14, Wt: 8-18

Other names:

little lion dog

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    Friendliness towards dogs

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    Ease of training

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    Watchdog ability

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    Cold tolerance

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    Heat tolerance

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Lowchen Dog Temperament

This is a lively, inquisitive, affectionate dog. He is a mixture of playful spirit and calm soul mate, a good companion for a quiet family. He is willing to please and responsive to commands, and is devoted to his family. Some may bark or dig a lot.

Lowchen Dog Care

The Lowchen can receive ample exercise with a short walk or active game every day. He enjoys a mental challenge. He is not a breed that should live outside, although he appreciates access to a yard during the day. His coat needs brushing or combing about every other day. Clipping to maintain the traditional lion trim must be done every month or two. Many pet owners prefer to keep their dogs in a puppy clip.

Lowchen Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: patellar luxation
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 13-15 years

Interested in the history of the Lowchen dog breed?

Lowchen (pronounced lerv-chun) means 'little lion dog', and in France the breed is know as le petit chien lion. The Lowchen shares common roots with other members of the Bichon family, which includes the Bichon Frise and Havanese, among others. Germany, Russia and France have all laid claim to the breed. The exact time and place of his origin is obscure, but dogs resembling the Lowchen, sporting the distinctive lion trim, can be found in 16th-century German art. In the traditional lion trim, the coat is clipped short from the last rib to, and including, the hindquarters down to the hock joint. The front legs are clipped from elbow to just above the pastern. The feet are clipped, and about half the tail is clipped, leaving a plume at the tip. Any long hair is to be left unshaped. In the 1960s, the breed's numbers had dwindled to perilous numbers; through the efforts of two breeders, several related dogs from Germany were brought to Britain. Because of their small numbers, these dogs were interbred extensively and formed the basis of the breed in Britain as well as America. The Lowchen entered the AKC miscellaneous class in 1996 and was admitted as a member of the nonsporting group as of the first day of 1999.

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