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Lowchen Breed Summary
Happy, Affectionate, Playful, Alert and Intelligent
These doggies are very charming and lovely little guys who have very silky coats - often trimmed to look like that of a Lion, thus their nickname of the 'Little Lion Dogs'.
They are discussed as being one of the largest of all the toy Breeds and built very sturdily. With their looks and personalities combined, they make excellent pets! However, their numbers remain quite low so you may have to register your interest with a breeder.
Fun Fact: They are one of the rarest breeds in the world!
|Kennel Club Group||Toy|
|Lifespan||12 - 14 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 30 - 35.6 cm, Females 28 - 33 cm at the withers|
|Weight||Males 5.4 - 8.1 kg, Females 4.5 - 6.8 kg|
|Coat||Coats are Fairly Long and Wavy, Soft and Silky to the Touch|
|Colour||Any colour or colour combination|
|Common health issues||Luxating Patella|
|Other Names||Löwchen, Little Lion Dog, Petit Chien Lion|
The doggies are known for their loving and affectionate personalities. Additionally, they are very intelligent pooches, which makes them relatively easy to train and makes them real candidates in doggy sports and competitions! On top of this, they are a very playful and lively breed, mainly due to the fact that they remain puppy-like throughout most of their lives. Because of this, they make a great choice for first time owners and love to be the centre of attention with you! They are also a highly alert breed, meaning they make great watchdogs as well. Overall they make lovely family pets, with the ability to provide you with years of happiness and joy.
The Lowchens history is essentially a mystery to all but it is thought that they were developed in Europe and may be connected historically to the Bichon Frise! Although they are listed as being a breed native to France, there were very similar looking pooches in Spain and Germany, that dated back to the 1500's! Up until fairly recently, they were a unheard breed in the UK, but once they were introduced in the 60's they grew greatly in popularity. They became a registered breed in 1971, but as so few puppies are born every year, you will have to register interest if you're thinking about sharing your home with one of these 'Little Lion Dogs'.