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Lowchen Characteristics: The agile and fun-loving Lowchen is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1996).

The Lowchen, is characterized by its the irresistible appearance of the little lion is achieved by a carefully clipped coat over the forequarters and hindquarters and a distinctive clipped tail that curls up and over its back.

Other characteristics include dark, wide set, round eyes; pendant, profusely covered ears and a jaunty gait. The temperament of the Lowchen can be described as Active, Friendly, Playful. The coat type of the Lowchen is described as long, soft, dense in assorted colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Lowchen demonstrated the desired traits of a Companion and Lapdog and is known by its nick name the "Little Lion Dog". The origin of the Lowchen dog breed was in Germany and France where it was developed in the 1500's.

Lowchen Breed Group and Dog Type - Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1996): The Lowchen is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1996).

Other names for the Lowchen: The Lowchen is known by the nickname of the "Little Lion Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Little Lion Lapdog and Petit Chien Lion.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Lowchen" derives from 'Lowchen', the German for "little lion" hence its nickname, the Little Lion Dog.

Lowchen History and Origin: The country of origin of the Lowchen breed was in Germany and France during the 1500's and can be found in many Medieval artwork and paintings.  The Lowchen predates the Poodle and Bichon breeds. The coat of the Lowchen trimmed and was groomed to look like a little lion and was a favorite lapdog and foot warmer for the ladies of the European courts.

In 1555 The first written report of the Lowchen was made in 1555 by the Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner (1516 - 1565) in his book "Histories Animalium" about four-footed animals.

The Lowchen was exported to other countries in Europe and found its its way to the United States prior to the American Civil War (1861 - 1865). The ravages of WW1 and WW2 saw the decline of the Lowchen and in the 1960's the dog was named as the "rarest breed" in the Guinness Book of World records. 

Lowchen Modern History: The modern history of the Lowchen moved on and, although  still rare, the compact breed is now used as a bright family pet and agile, little companion. The L÷wchen was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1996.

Lowchen Height: The Lowchen breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 10 - 13 inches (25 - 33 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Lowchen Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 9 - 18 pounds (4 - 8 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Lowchen Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as a long, soft, dense.

Lowchen Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, Chocolate, Blue, Cream, Black & Tan and Black & Silver. N.B The word 'Blue' is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color.

Lowchen Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Lowchen are categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Lowchen is considered to be high-maintenance and requires almost daily brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Lowchen Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 3-6 puppies. Lowchen puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Lowchen puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Lowchen Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Agile, Active, Friendly, Playful and Fun-loving.

Lowchen Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Lowchen requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a jaunty, lively gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Lowchen Diet: A fully grown Lowchen should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Lowchen Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Lowchen breed include Cataracts . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Lowchen dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Lowchen Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Lowchen breed is 12-15 years.

Lowchen Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Lowchen breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Lowchen names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Bonbon *** Poco *** Gus *** Dash *** Little Boy *** Puddles *** Rocky *** Foxy *** Bugsy *** Rascal *** Button.

Lowchen Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Lowchen names are Gerta *** Kiki *** Sassy *** Frenchie *** Hallie *** Abby *** Queeni *** Harley *** Roxy *** Lady.

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