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Breed Organization
The Lowchen Club of America
Native Country
Other Names
Little Lion Dog, Petit Chien Lion, Little Chien Dog, Little Lion
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.

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 Lowchen is now rare.

Hardy, very stout, full of energy, and merry, the Lowchen is affectionate and gentle with children. He is a good watchdog. He needs firm, gentle training.

A very healthy breed. Some lines are prone to patellar luxation.

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".


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