Lowchen

Overview

The lowchen is a compact little puppy, very marginally longer than it is tall, with powerful, sturdy — although not rough — bone. Its gait is simple with great reach and drive, and it proudly carries its tail and head. Its coat is long and dense, reasonably soft with a slight to medium tide. It’s traditionally trimmed in a lion trimming. The lowchen includes a relatively short, wide top skull and muzzle, and its expression is attentive, lively and bright.

This is a playful, curious, affectionate dog. It’s a combination of lively spirit and serene soul mate, a fantastic companion for a quiet family. It’s prepared to please and receptive to commands, and it’s devoted to its loved ones. Some could dig or bark a good deal.

AKC RANKING 134
FAMILY companion, water dog
AREA OF ORIGIN France, Germany
DATE OF ORIGIN 1500s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION companion
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 12-14 Weight: 8-18
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 12-14 Weight: 8-18
OTHER NAME little lion dog
The lowchen can get ample exercise using a brief walk or busy game daily. It appreciates a psychological challenge. It’s not a strain which should reside outside, even though it enjoys access to a lawn throughout the day. Its coat needs brushing or combing about every other moment. Clipping to keep the standard lion trimming have to be performed every month or 2. Many pet owners want to keep their puppies at a pet clip.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessModerately playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsVery friendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsVery friendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsHigh maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceMedium tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: patellar luxation
• Occasionally seen: none
• Suggested tests: none
• Life span: 13 – 15 years
Lowchen (conspicuous lerv-chun) means “little lion dog,” and in France the strain is understand as le petit chien lion. The lowchen shares common roots with different members of the bichon family, which comprises the bichon frise and Havanese, amongst others. Germany, Russia and France have all laid claim to the strain. The precise time and location of its origin is obscure, but dogs including the lowchen, sporting the distinctive lion trimming, can be discovered in 16th-century Italian art. In the conventional lion trimming, the jacket is clipped short in the last rib to, and including, the hindquarters down to the hock joint. Front legs have been clipped from elbow to just over the pastern. The toes are trimmed, and approximately half the tail has been trimmed, leaving a plume in the tip. Any long hair is to be rendered unshaped. From the 1960s, the breed’s numbers had dwindled to dangerous amounts; through the attempts of 2 breeders, many associated dogs out of Germany were attracted to Britain. Due to their small numbers, those dogs were interbred broadly and formed the cornerstone of the strain in Britain in addition to America. The lowchen entered the AKC mixed class in 1996 and has been admitted as a part of their nonsporting group at their first day of 1999.

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