The Breed

Hundreds of years ago Lowchen were bred as companion dogs and bed warmers. Not much has changed since then. Although lively and spirited, their favorite place is nestled between the pillows of your bed or curled up on your lap. Hold them in your arms, and they will bond with nearly anyone within minutes. Because Lowchen have remained rather rare over the years, they have been able to remain relatively healthy. Compared to many of the popular breeds, they have very few health problems and live a long active life. It is not uncommon for them to live well into their mid teens. They are a well muscled, non-shedding dog, ranging from around 11 pounds to 16 pounds. They come in a variety of colors and each litter is a surprise. Their litters are typically small, usually from 2 to 4 pups. Everything about the Lowchen’s appearance should be moderate. They are not big, but not tiny either. Their body is nearly square with a ratio of 11 to 10 – length to height. They are a very proportioned dog - nothing overdone.

Lowchen seem to excel at most everything. They do well in the conformation ring as well as the agility course. Because these little lion dogs are very sociable, they are best placed in a home where they will have company throughout the day. In our experience, they seem to be very popular with retired folks. They are small and easy to handle and don’t require a lot of room. You can take them anywhere and they will be happy if they are with their family.

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