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The Lowchen was once considered the rarest dog in the world. Even today, only a few hundred are registered each year worldwide.
The greater love is a mother’s, then comes a dog’s, then a sweetheart’s. – Polish Proverb
Often referred to as the “Little Lion Dog”, the ancient Löwchen is a member of the Bichon family of dogs and originated in France. He is related to the Bichon Frise, the Havanese, and the Maltese. His exact origins and ancestry is lost to time. It is thought the breed descends from dogs that were brought into Europe by travelers from far eastern countries including Tibet. These imports then bred with local Spitz type dogs and terriers.
He has been featured in old paintings, tapestries, engravings, drawings, and in literature since the 1400s and was popular throughout the Middle Ages with European nobility. In much of the artwork the Löwchen is featured in his signature lion cut. The haunches, back legs, front legs and up to 1/2 of his tail are shaved. The rest of the coat is left in its natural shaggy state. The exceptions to the shaving are the front legs which sport fur bracelets around the ankles and the tip of the tail.
Bred to be a companion and watch dog, the Löwchen fits well into both city and country life.
Photos displayed courtesy of Mavis McClintock, Samador, British Columbia
The Löwchen stands up to 13 inches (33 cm) tall at the shoulder. His long, silky hair is typically cut to resemble the lion, from which he takes his name. The unclipped areas of the coat are left in their natural, shaggy state. The Löwchen ‘s coat may be any colour and does need regular grooming.
Considered to be one of the hypoallergenic breeds, this dog makes a wonderful companion for those with allergies.
With a spunky, high-spirited, and lively personality, the Löwchen makes a wonderful family pet. He is active, affectionate, and loves curling up on a convenient lap. As a companion dog, he is not happy if left alone. The Löwchen gets along well with other household pets.
A good watchdog, the Löwchen will sound the alert when necessary. He takes well to obedience training and should start both training and socialization early. Training should discourage a tendency to bark and dig. His exercise needs can be met with short walks or active play in the garden.