Lowchen Dog Breed Information

Lowchen Quick Facts
Breed Group: Non Sporting
Origen: France
Nickname: Petit Chien Lion, Little Lion Dog
Weight: 8-18 lbs
Height: 12-14 inches
Color(s): Any color or combinations are allowable

Lowchen Appearance

The Lowchen is a compact small sized dog, with an alert, smart expression. He is also called the little lion dog. Their strong body is slightly longer than it is tall. The muzzle is relatively short and broad. The round eyes are large set well apart and looking forward. The ears are pendant in shape and moderate in length with feathering. Nose and eye rims are completely pigmented. The jaw is wide enough to accommodate all incisors in a straight row. The tail is set high and carried like a trophy.

The Lowchen coat is dense and long with moderate wave and is often clipped to resemble the look of a lion. Any colors or combinations are allowed. The weight of the Lowchen is around 8-18 pounds and the height is around 12-14 inches.

Lowchen Temperament

The Lowchen is cheerful, energetic, curious and friendly. He is devoted to its family, eager to learn, willing to please and gentle natured. This dog usually learns quickly and is responsive to commands. Lowchens firmly attach themselves to their families. They are good with children, other dogs.

They are polite with strangers and other pets. Early socialization is important to build an outgoing, confident temperament. They are extremely protective of their families and will bark to announce visitors but will generally calm down when you tell him to. They like to dig a lot.

Is Lowchen the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Lowchen is a loving companion dog. They are good for apartment life. Itís not a breed that could live outside, although a house with access to a yard could be a great option. Doesn't need a lot of exercise, a daily short walk on leash or an active play will take care of the daily needs, however, as with all breeds; play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. The Lowchen needs a good amount of attention and interaction and doesn't like to be left alone for long periods of time. It enjoys a mental challenge.

Lowchen Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Lowchen is around 13-15 years.

Lowchen Health problems

The Lowchen is a relatively healthy dog and there are not major concerns associated with this breed, however they are prone to patellar luxation, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) cataracts and heart problems.

Lowchen Care and Grooming

The Lowchen required lots of grooming. Its coat needs brushing or combing few times a week. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Lowchen Shedding

The Lowchen doesn't shed much, and therefore may be suited for those with allergies.