Lowchen

Lowchen

Dog Facts

Type:
Toy
Energy:
Medium
Exercise Requirement:
Low
Affection Level:
Moderately affectionate
Protection:
Not very protective
Size:
Small
Grooming Maintenance:
High maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Temperate
Typical Lifespan:
13-15 years

About the Lowchen Breed

The Lowchen (or to give it its proper name, the Lӧwchen), is a small Toy dog. Its name means “little lion”. The fur is most often shaved in a ‘lion cut’ on the hindquarters of the dog, but left to naturally grow thick, bushy and long on the shoulders, neck and head. It isn’t known where or when the tradition of shaving the dog this way started, but German art dating back to the 1500s depicts the dog with this iconic cut.

Ever so slightly longer than tall, the Lowchen has a good reach and a gait which should appear effortless. It has a broad head and muzzle, and a bright expression, framed by lengthy facial hair. The tip of the tail is also highlighted by a plume of fur, left unclipped to mimic the lion’s tail plume.

Grey, tan, gold and white are just some of the colours that the Lowchen’s coat can be. Owners of a Lowchen with a trimmed lion cut should make sure to be careful in the sun in case the dog’s skin burns, and during the winter to make sure that the dog doesn’t get too cold. Although it will need grooming occasionally, the Lowchen does not shed much, if at all, and is hypoallergenic.

The dog needs to live inside the home, is a devoted companion to a family, and will try to please.

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