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Is the Lowchen right for you?

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Other name(s): Petit Chien Lion; Löwchen, Little Lion Dog

The basics:
The Löwchen-- "Little Lion" in German-- is an eye-catching older companion breed believed to have descended from ancient Tibetan type dogs. Brought to the brink of extinction during World War II, this breed was named by the Guinness Book of Records of 1969 as the rarest breed of dog in the world. Fortunately, this little charmer has undergone a resurgence not just in Europe but worldwide, to the point where the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized it in 1996.

This little dog, born and bred to be a true companion animal, doesn't do well when it's left alone and lonely for long hours of the day. They thrive on their human's attention. Fortunately, this portable pet is happy to travel with you wherever you go.

Appearance / health:
Lowchens are small, well-balanced, compact dogs that are somewhat off-square in profile. The slightly round muzzle is equal to or slightly shorter than the skull. The eyes are large, dark, round in shape and set well apart. Brown and champagne-coated dogs may have slightly lighter eyes. The ears are moderate in length and pendant. The tail is set high and is carried low when the dog is standing and in a cup-handle fashion over the back when the dog is moving.

Lowchens become a matted and tangled mess without frequent brushing and combing. They should be thoroughly combed or brushed at least once a week. Bathing can be done once a week or once a month depending on requirement. They need to thoroughly combed or brushed before bathing. Lowchens may be trimmed once in two months. The drop ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. Regular brushing using special toothpaste and toothbrush available at pet store prevents tartar buildup.

Usually, they fulfill their exercise needs by moving around the house and yard. Taking them for a walk regularly keeps them physically fit and mentally stimulated.

Lowchens are prone to luxating patella (dislocation of kneecap), which causes their legs to bow. They are also prone to progressive retinal atrophy (a genetic eye condition causing progressive vision loss culminating in blindness), and cataract (opacity of the capsule or lens of the eye, causing vision impairment or blindness).

Behavior / temperament:
Lowchens are alert dogs that bark at every new sight and sound. Their easygoing nature with strangers makes them misfit as guard dogs, but they do like to announce your visitors.

They are slow to housebreak. They are fearless little dogs, and are not likely to back off even with a German Shepherd or Great Dane, so keep them safe around larger animals.

They are intelligent and easy to train. Training should begin early, and needs to be engaging and varied to prevent boredom.

Lowchens bark at every new sight and sound though gentle training can help to reduce this tendency.


loyal princess dog, beloved little dog


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From Liz Oct 11 2016 9:14AM


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