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Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)

One of the largest of the toy breeds, the adult Lowchen dog stands at 25-33cm and weighs 4-8kg. His long, silky coat has the characteristic lion clip, where the coat is long and mane-like around the chest and forequarters and trimmed short over the hindquarters. The coat comes in any colour or combination of colours.

  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Lowchen is standing in the yard in a sunny summer day

Personality

A happy, playful, affectionate dog, as you'd expect of a companion breed, sometimes the Lowchen can be protective of his loved ones and so early socialisation is particularly important. He is alert to his surroundings and has a tendency to be vocal, so needs to be trained not to bark at the slightest noise.

Lowchen is standing in the yard in and looking forward

History and Origins

Known as the Little Lion Dog because of his traditional coat trim, the Lowchen dog breed's origins are not known. It has long been considered one of the Bichon family of breeds that originated in the Mediterranean, and was found in the south of France, in the Lyon region. Another theory suggests that the Lowchen is actually from Germany and possibly derived from a Tibetan Terrier type of dog. What is known is that a similar dog has been in Europe since the 1500s. Once the rarest dog in the world – in 1969 just 40 dogs were in existence – the Lowchen is no longer on the brink of extinction though is still fairly rare.

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