Breed Organization The Lowchen Club of America Website: http://www.thelowchenclubofamerica.org Native Country France Other Names Lowchen, Petit Chien Lion, Little Chien Dog, Little Lion Dog Life Expectancy Approximately 13-15 Years Litter Size Average 3-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Non-Sporting
Breed Appearance The Lowchen is a small dog whose coat is often cut to resemble the look of a lion. The head is short with a broad skull. The muzzle is the
same length or slightly shorter than the back skull and is relatively broad. The nose is dark, usually black. The eyes are round, dark and set well into the skull.
The ears are pendant in shape and moderate in length with feathering. The short body is well proportioned. The tail is set high and of medium length. The coat is
long and wavy, but not curly. The most popular colors are white, black and lemon but it can also come in a speckled coloring. When clipped to look like a lion,
the hindquarters, the section of the tail closest to the body and part of the front legs are closely clipped. When the coat is not clipped, it is long, rather
dense and moderately soft in texture.
Breed Description Head: Short. Fairly broad skull. Black nose. Ears: Long, pendulous, with feathering. Eyes: Round, dark. Body: Short, well-proportioned. Tail: Medium in length, clipped. Tuft at the tip forming a plume. Hair: Fairly long, wavy but not curly. Coat: All colors, solid or spotted, are allowed except shades of brown (chocolate, liver). Size: 25 to 32 cm. Weight: 4 to 8 kg.
History This bichon is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean Basin. Present in France and Spain since the late sixteenth
century and recognized as a French breed, it was probably developed from the Maltese, toy spaniels, and small Barbets. Once
highly prized by nobility, the Little Lion is now rare.
Behavior Hardy, very stout, full of energy, and merry, the Little Lion is affectionate and gentle with children. He is a good
watchdog. He needs firm, gentle training.
Health A very healthy breed. Some lines are prone to patellar luxation.
Advice He adapts well to apartment life, as long as he is walked daily. He also needs daily brushing. For shows, he should be
groomed every two months with a Continental (or Lion) clip like that of the Poodle. Sporting this clip, he truly lives
up to the name Lowchen, meaning "little lion".