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Here comes a small and delicate dog that is Löwchens. Small as they are, the Löwchens somehow are better than some large dogs in aspects of competitions, performance, and etc. Often compared to a lion affectionate, as the Löwchens are lively and brave. 

Other Names Petit Chien Lion Little Lion Dog, Little Lion Dog, Petit Chien Dog, Little Lion Dog
Color Black, Black and Tan, Blue, Brown, Gray, Red, Silver
Height Males: 8-14 inches. Females: 8-14 inches.
Weight Males: 4-13 pounds. Females: 4-13 pounds.
Life Span 15+ years
Personality Affectionate, Outgoing, Positive
Exercise Regular Exercise
Popularity #158
Groom Needs Occasional Bath/Brush and Infrequent Shedding
Kids Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes with supervision
Watch Dog
Family Dog Yes
Litter Size 2-8 puppies

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The Löwchen’s long and wavy coat is a clear distinction from the Bichon Frise which comes in thin and fluffy coats. The head of the Löwchen is a key feature of the breed; without being too big or too small it gives the impression of a regal dog breed. The muzzle sits wide in front of a broad skull. The Löwchen is a compact dog adorned with a lavish, flowing coat that doesn’t shed easily. A lively companion, brave and fearless, they were once regarded as “Little Lion Dogs”. They come in several color varieties, some of which are black, blue, fawn, gold, sable, brindle, chocolate, silver, tan markings, and white. Color combinations of the above occur frequently.

Löwchens are small dogs, standing 11-14 inches tall, measured from shoulder to paw. They weigh 10-16 pounds, regardless of gender. Classified by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as members of the Non-Sporting Group, Löwchens have been favorite house pets for some time now. On average, Löwchens live up to an impressive age of 16 years or beyond.

Living with Löwchen

People will think of the grooming of the Löwchen as a time-consuming task, as there are many owners dress Löwchen to be novel and creative on the TV shows. However, a basic body-bathing and overall hair-brushing can be suitable for a daily and casual grooming. Their coat is soft and smooth, so the Löwchen hardly get stained with dust and dirt. Owners can choose to bath them every couple of weeks, following on hair-brushing task. It takes owners little efforts to brush them, using a soft hound glove to comb them every other day. As the Löwchen infrequently shed hairs, owners don’t require that much time and efforts to sweep off loosing hairs. Apart from bathing and grooming, owners should trim their nails and clean their ears in case of any signs of infections, irritations or dirt build up. If owners have some creative ideas about grooming the Löwchen, it’s a good idea to try it on. If owners find the novel grooming difficult, asking professional groomer for advice is also appropriate. Professional groomer have more trimming techniques, owners can choose some classic dog hair style like “puppy cut” or the traditional “lion” trim. 

The Löwchens are fond of playing and exercising. This breed .They have a history as a companion dog. So as you can see, this breed has a deep emotional connection with human. Owners need to take their responsibility to take them out for some exercise to keep healthy. This breed believe in the choices of their favorite human owners. If owners want them at home, they will hardly be noisy about going out. However, owners might need to concern about the seriousness of keeping them in an apartment for too long. If owners accompay dogs at home, it will hardly lead to gloominess of the Löwchens, who are happy to stay with their human. Owners should know the seriousness of keeping this breed in apartment will lead to physical unhealth. If owners are not at home for too long, the will gradually become not only mentally unhealthy but physically unhealthy. So taking them our for some runs and plays can be necessary. If owners are busy, once-a-day brisk walks are also applicable to the Löwchens. Running fanatics can be happy to raise the Löwchens, as these dogs will keep up with owners running steps. However, some exercise is not appropriate to the Löwchens, such as chasing after owner’s riding bike. As the Löwchens have strong sense of family-member identity, owners can choose to arrange some backyard activities with family members, such as chase the ball or fetch game. 

The Löwchens are not critical about food. However, a responsible owners should regard both nutrient food and clean water as a basic standard. Owners should get aware the basic knowledge about measures and symptoms when dogs are bloat. Puppy and adult dogs should be fed with different amount of food. The Löwchens can grow up sane only if owners do well on a dog food of premium quality. Home-made food should contain enough nutrient ingredients. If owners find it difficult, commercially manufactured food is also suitable for them. However, there’re some unhealthy dog food in the market, novice or unexperienced owners can choose to ask veterinarian for some advice. Owners should feed them limitted amount of daily food. Dogs are especially easy to get overweight during training period, as owners feed them treats too many times. 

The Löwchens are basically in good health. Responsible breeders will still screen their stock for some health information, though it is a robust breed. Owners can check the heath-testing certifications out to decide the adoption plan. The Löwchens suffer from few health issues, as this breed is always energetic and lively. Even if owners decide to adopt this breed after checking their parents health information, a yearly eye exams, patella evaluation, and hip conformation evaluations are still of great importance. Eye problems like Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) can have bad influences on dogs. Luxating patellas will somehow influence the normal lives of them. Senior Löwchens are prone to have more health problems, but if affectionate owners take them for regular exercise, and healthy food is available, the probability of serious diseases of senior dogs will be low.

Total Annual Cost: $2574

Cost is estimated for the first year and may vary depending on many factors, such as dog food, health care, leash, collar, licensing, possible fencing, crates, training and obedience classes, dog-walking, grooming, treats, toys, flea, tick, and heart-worm meds, microchips, etc.

Lowchens are smart and lively. For the Lowchens, training is not a tiring task but an appealing interaction with owner. As a quick learners, the Lowchens never let owners down. The Lowchens are perfect at obedience training, agility training, hunting training after a training period. When it comes to all-out running, the Lowchens are like lightning. They can also be compared to a lightning as well as in agility competitions.They are instincts to please owners, desiring to make their owners happy. Training process is not only fun to them, but a piece of cake to them. If owners add more emotional interactions during training process, the little Lowchens will exert all their energy to complete owners’ directions. Barn hunt can be suitable for them, fun and safe. Aiming at crossing through an 18″ wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Nowadays, there’re many activities and events that are applicable to the Lowchens, owners can train them with targeted plans. Owners can also choose to train them into a therapy dog, too.


The Löwchen is an ancient dog breed believed to share ancestry with old breeds like the Bichon Frise. Historians disagree widely on the place of origin of the breed, although the name is German. The Löwchen has been popular since the 19th century in Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, so it’d be difficult to point specifically to any of these as the native home of the breed since there is no documentation of such fact about the breed. However, historians are of the opinion that the breed had probably emerged before the 1440s, judging by artifacts, artworks, paintings, and literature of old which depicted this ancient breed.

Many believe that the Löwchen might have emerged from imported Tibetan breeds brought by traders from Tibet. The dogs were probably crossed with local dogs and terrier-type dogs and the result was the Löwchen. The first Löwchen in the United Kingdom was recorded in 1968, and later in 1971, the breed was officially recognized by the Kennel Club, albeit as the Little Lion Dog. That same year, the breed entered the United States through England. An American breed club, the Löwchen Club of America, was later formed and the breed name was changed from “Little Lion Dog” to “Löwchen”. 

The American Kennel Club first accepted the Löwchen breed into the Miscellaneous Class in 1996 before giving it official recognition in 1999. Since then, the population of this breed has been on the decline, although efforts are currently underway to bring them back.

Helpful Information

Breed Club: The Lowchen Club of America

Breed Club Link: https://www.thelowchenclubofamerica.org/

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