Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)

Breed Details


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3.6-8.2 kg (approx)

Life Span:

12-14 years (approx)


The Löwchen's coat is long and flowing and comes in many colours. The coat should not be thin and fluffy like a Bichon Frise, but wavy with a mix of thicker hairs amongst the fine ones. This allows for a flowing coat that is not frizzy or fly-away and a Löwchen coat should not be harsh like many terriers. The Löwchen does not shed, and this breed has very low allergic effects and is considered hypoallergenic. The head of the Löwchen is one of its most important features, with its relatively short, wide muzzle, broad skull, lively round eyes, and pendulant ears. They can come in all colours, including brown, that allow for dark eyes and nose. The head, when in proportion to the body, is neither too big nor too small, but helps to emphasize the friendly, regal, and leonine personality of the Löwchen.


The breed is traceable to as far back as 1442. They are found in many old paintings, tapestries, engravings, drawings, and literature. It is an old breed type, found in many countries as far back as the sixteenth century. The little 'lion dog' is seen in many art pieces featuring dogs as far back as the sixteenth century, but it is unclear whether these were all dogs like the Löwchen or simply small dogs of the Bichon type that were trimmed in a lion cut. Although this dog may be related to the Bichon Frise, the Löwchen's history remains obscure. he Löwchen has a history as a companion dog to the wealthy and elite. It is possible to trace the modern history of the breed to late 19th century enthusiasts in what are now Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. It is thought the breed's ancestors were dogs that were brought in by travelers from the far eastern lands of Tibet and mingled with local dogs such as Spitz and terrier-type dogs


The Löwchen is a friendly, healthy, and happy dog. Dogs of this breed are both active and playful, and very intelligent. The Löwchen is an excellent house pet. The Löwchen makes also a good pet for families with children. This breed has a history as a companion dog and the dogs need the attention of humans and they are not happy left alone for longer periods of time. The Löwchen doesn't bark excessively, it is a rather quiet breed.


The Lowchen does require routine bathing and grooming in order to keep them in top condition to look and feel their best. This outgoing little dog possesses a single coat that is long and flowing if properly maintained. If you look closely at the coat, there are a few heavier guard hairs intermingled with a finer undercoat mixed throughout the coat. Because of this type of coat, regular brushing is mandatory in order to keep a stylized Lowchen. Depending on their activity level, bathing a Lowchen can be done as often as weekly or as little as once a month.