The favourite animal of the Florentine Nobles of the 15th Century, the Lowchen catered to the whims of the elite. Ladies at court clipped the hair from the dog’s backs and used them as “hot water bottles”. Developed in Europe, the breed has been traditionally clipped similar to the Portuguese Water Dog in the lion trim (poodle look). This is probably not its immediate origin, but the similarity of the Bichon family and the water dogs is emphasized by these comparisons.
The Löwchen, also called the Little Lion, is a small dog whose coat is often cut to resemble the look of a lion. The short body is well proportioned and the tail is set high and of medium length.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Combed and brushed regularly. The Löwchen is usually clipped in the hindquarters, the section of the tail closest to the body, and front leg areas are close-clipped, giving them the name “Little Lion Dog”.
- Coat Type: Long, dense, moderatly soft in texture.
- Moulting: Little to none.
- Exercise Needs: Daily walk, play will take care of a lot of its exercise needs.
- Average Life Span: 15 years.
- Family: Good for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard, good with children.
- Temperament: Happy disposition and willingness to please makes them the ideal companion animal. Despite its diminutive size, the Lowchen is robust and full of energy, yet sensible and not hyperactive. A dog of intelligence and affection.
- Trainability: Learn quickly and present little difficulty in their training.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Very good, will accept other pets if introduced at an early age.
- Barking: High tendency if not trained in early stages.
Exhibits special talents in agility and obedience. Little Lion Dogs have a persistent tendency to dig. Therefore, it is very important to socialize them and to conduct obedience training at very young age.
Lowchens are companion dogs and may suffer from separation anxiety whenever their companions leave for the day. They are not the best breed for people who work long hours.