Lowchen dog

Lowchen At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Non-Sporting); ANKC (Toys); CKC (Non-Sporting); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)


Small. Weight: 4.5–13 lbs Height: 8–14 inches


Long and dense.


All colors and combinations acceptable

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This breed almost got extinct during Word War II.

Lowchen Overview

There is debate over whether the Lowchen actually originated in France, or Spain or Germany. Popular since the 1500s, the breed is part of the Bichon family and has travelled all over Europe. His famed “lion cut” grooming style has earned him the nickname of “The Little Lion Dog”.


Lowchen Characteristics

Show and some pet Lowchen sport the lion cut similar to that of the Portuguese Water Dog. It features a shaved back end with a lion-esque tail tuft, with the front left shaggy and long to mimic a main. The breed is small, but he is robust and sturdy, a big dog in a little package.


Lowchen Temperament

Lowchens are both robust and commanding of attention, but at the same time sensitive and playful. If an owner can earn the respect of the breed, he is a happy, intelligent and loyal dog. However, he may easily attempt to overpower those he does not respect, making him appear stubborn and difficult at times.


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Lowchen Care

The lifespan of the breed is 12 to 14 years, typical for a small sized dog. He has few health concerns except for patellar luxation, an issue common to many small breeds. Preventive veterinary care and careful breeding are key to a long and happy life for this breed.


Lowchen Coat

The coat of this dog is very low shedding, making them great for allergy suffers. They must be brushed and groomed however and can be kept in either a shaggy all over “puppy” cut, or the more flashy “lion” cut. Show dogs typically have the “lion” cut for maximum presence.


Lowchen Training

With his owner, the Lowchen is agreeable and does well with positive and reward-based training. A gentle hand that motivates him will help keep him eager to learn and please. Socialization is also a good idea from puppyhood to keep him happy and amicable with others.


Lowchen Activity

This breed is energetic and benefits from daily walks or other brisk exercise. He is happy with performing daily tasks with his owner and makes a great companion indoors and out. The breed is not dainty, and is willing to tag along with whatever his owner wants to do.

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