Lowchen

History/Evolution:

The Lowchen’s history began about 400 years ago, most likely in Germany, where the breed served as a foot warmer and companion to ladies of the court. The name means “little lion dog” in German; the breed’s trademark is its traditional lion trim, with the coat left untrimmed on the forequarters (the mane) and clipped close on the hindquarters. Although the breed nearly disappeared in the 19th century, dedicated breeders ensured its continued existence.


Size:

Small; 12 to 14 inches, 12 to 18 pounds.

Color:

Any.

Temperament:

Affectionate, lively, devoted, outgoing, inquisitive. Intelligent, highly trainable. Alert; may bark or dig a lot.

Energy level:

Medium.

Best owner:

Retiree or quite family.

Needs:

Daily exercise, mental challenges (obedience, agility), plenty of attention; brushing or combing every other day, clipping.

Life expectancy:

14 to 16 years.