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Lowchen Breed Summary

Happy, Affectionate, Playful, Alert and Intelligent

These dogs are very charming, lovely little guys who have very silky coats - often trimmed to look like that of a Lion, hence their nickname of 'Little Lion Dog'.

They are discussed as being one of the largest of all the toy Breeds and built very sturdily. With their looks and personality, they make excellent pets! Their numbers remain quite low so you may have to register your interest with a breeder if you're looking to pair up with one of these pooches.

Kennel Club Group Toy
Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 30cm - 35.5cm, Females 28cm - 33cm
Weight Males 5.5kg - 8kg, Females 4.5kg - 7kg
Coat Coats are Fairly Long and Wavy, Soft and Silky to the Touch
Colour Any colour or colour combination
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Luxating Patella
Other Names Löwchen, Little Lion Dog, Petit Chien Lion

The dogs are known for their loving and affectionate personalities. Additionally, they are very intelligent, which makes them relatively easy to train and a real candidate in 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. They make a great choice for first-time owners and love to be the centre of attention! They are also a highly alert breed, meaning they make great watchdogs.

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 1500s! Up until fairly recently, they were an unheard breed in the UK, but once they were introduced in the 60s 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.