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Happy, lively dog whose coat is traditionally ‘Lion’ clipped

The Löwchen (pronounced ‘lerv-chun’) carries a German name, but it is thought that it is French in origin, and is a member of the Bichon family, although this is often debated. The epithet of ‘Little Lion Dog’ comes from the traditional clip of shaved hindquarters, with plumed tail and a mane of hair over its neck and shoulders. Theories exist that the shaved rear end was warm to the touch and therefore comforting to its lady owners, keeping them warm in bed. The leonine appearance gave the breed the symbolic power of a lion, and therefore the dogs were seen as a source of protection for their owners.

The Löwchen is a companion dog bred for centuries for the sole purpose of giving love and hoping to get love in return. If they confronted a burglar, they’d bark and then, with a Löwchen grin, lick their hand and lend assistance. Perhaps this happy attitude comes from being allowed for hundreds of years to sleep on the beds of princesses as a combination hot water bottle and flea catcher. But don’t be mistaken, this dog may look like a fluff but they are fearless, a true little lion! They love children, other animals, long walks, cuddle time, toys and car rides. They are alert to suspicious noise and should be trained as a puppy not to bark excessively. They love exercise wherever they find it, in a big backyard or on regular walks and trips to the park. They love a challenge to their intelligence as well as their stamina. Their joy in life shows in the sparkle in it’s eye, the bounce in it’s gait and the wave of a gaily-carried tail. They are non-shedding, hypoallergenic, relatively free from genetic disease and should lead a long, active, loving life well into their golden years.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKToy
Bred ForCompanion
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginFrance
TemperamentAffectionate, Intelligent, Lively
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededSmall
Height at Withers – Females25 – 33 cm / 10 – 13 in
Height at Withers – Males25 – 33 cm / 10 – 13 in
Grooming2 – 3 times a week
CoatMedium length, silky texture
ColourVarious – see photos
Life Span12 – 15 years
  • This breed is notoriously difficult to housebreak. Some of this has to do with their small bladder size, they simply can’t hold it for too long.
  • The Lowchen has been depicted in art around the world through the centuries and the breed today is relatively unchanged from what it looked like centuries ago.
  • The Lowchen is sadly one of the rarest dogs in the world.
  • Attentive and responsive to non-forceful obedience training, many Lowchens do well in competitive obedience and agility.
  • Lowchen need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about The Lowchen.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


Enjoy this video about Lowchens, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Lowchen breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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