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Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)


Illustration of Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)

The Lowchen (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. 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.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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