Thinking about purchasing an Lowchen? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Lowchen breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Lowchen owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Lowchen and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Lowchen Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Lowchen and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Lowchen or Little Lion Dog is a member of the Bichon group. They have a long, silky coat trimmed in the traditional "lion clip", with a shaved backside and hair left natural on the tip of the tail, feet, and front of the body. They are not toy dogs, but they are small. Lowchens are attractive in the show ring, and more rarely kept as just pets. They have been around since at least the 1500s, and appeared in royalty paintings and were a favorite among royal European women. A spunky, high spirited dog, they are also happy to just curl up in your lap. Originally used in France as a watch dog and hot water bottle, they are gaining international popularity. While Lowchens are not considered a rare breed, they are still uncommon. Little Lion Dogs are active and affectionate. They can be dominant towards other dogs of the same sex, and are unafraid of a challenge to prove their dominance. They will even take on much larger dogs. Other than that, however, the breed mostly gets along with everyone, including people and animals. Lowchens are eager to please, lively and intelligent - they are a fun dog for the whole family to enjoy.
Other Names: Little Lion Dog, Little Chien Dog, Little Lion
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 - 14
Colors: They come
in any doggy color, with any type of pattern.
are active, affectionate, and gentle. They are unafraid of a challenge to authority,
however, and will fight other dogs of the same sex for their dominance. They
are a fun breed, however, and are intelligent and somewhat lively, although
not overly exuberant in any way. They outgoing, alert and adaptable. Lowchens
are robust and tough, and can be arrogant and strong willed. But, to oppose
this trait, the Lowchen will hardly leave an available lap empty.
High. The Lowchen is a very alert breed.
Lowchen Care and Exercise:
Grooming of the Lowchen should consist of combing or brushing
their coat ever other day. Professional clipping every other month should be
done to maintain the traditional lion trim. If you are showing your dog in the
ring, professional grooming advice and service should be sought. Lowchens enjoy
ample exercise such as a short walk or an active game of play. They do not use
a lot of energy, however, and should be exercised daily so that they do not
Activity: Medium - Low.
Lowchen Health Issues: Patellar luxation, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and cataracts.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years,
although many have lived to 18+ years. The oldest recorded Lowchen lived to
an astounding 29 years old!
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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