Dog Breeds 101: Lowchen

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Dog Breeds 101 – Lowchen
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The bright and lively Lowchen is a devoted family companion known for its affectionate nature. This dog will do everything to please its owner and is very responsive to commands. The Lowchen can grow up to 14 inches tall and can weigh anywhere between 9 to 18 pounds. The dog has a wide muzzle, a broad skull and dark round eyes. The coat is long and flowing and can come in a variety of colors. The breed has an average life span of 12 to 14 years and is prone to develop heart problems. The dog only needs a moderate amount of exercise – short daily walks will be more than enough to satisfy the Lowchen. [1] [2]

The origin of the breed still remains a mystery but it is widely believed that the Lowchen is related to the Bichon-type breeds. Dogs resembling the Lowchen can be found in European artworks dating back to the 1400s. They were very popular among aristocrats and royalties during the Renaissance period where ladies of the court intentionally groomed them to resemble little lions. In fact, the breed’s name translates to “little lion” in German. Aside from being lap dogs, they were always used to catch vermin. The breed’s popularity significantly declined in the 1960s and was in the danger for completely dying out. Through the efforts of Madame M. Bennert from Brussels, Belgium and Dr. Hans Rickert from Germany, the Lowchen was saved from extinction. The first Lowchen arrived in America from England in 1971 but was still referred to as Little Lion Dog. That same year, the breed’s name was officially changed to Lowchen at the establishment of the Lowchen Club of America. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1996. Today, the Lowchen is still rare but it is far from being extinct. [3]

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