Lowchen

As part of the Bichon group, Lowchens are often first recognised by their distinctive appearance and shaved back legs and body. They are small in frame yet very active. Lowchens are known to do well in obedience and agility trials. 

 

 

Other Names
Little Lion Dog
Country of Origin
France
Colour
Coat colours include chocolate and apricot, chocolate and cream, sable, black and tan, gold, and blue and cream.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
The Lowchen's height range is from 25 - 33cms and weight range is from 3.5 - 8.5kms.
Health
Lowchens are generally healthy, although they are prone to subluxated patellas, eye irritations caused by hair, and can develop skin irritations on the shaved areas.
Life Span
13–14 years
Intelligence
Intelligent with a mischievous streak. With good handlers they are easy to train but can be a handful if trainers are not firm from a young age.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

Lowchens can follow a normal doggy diet and do not require special supplements or feeding patterns.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Lowchens love to walk and jog everyday. They only need an average amount of exercise.
Ailments
Lowchens are generally healthy, although they are prone to subluxated patellas, eye irritations caused by hair, and can develop skin irritations on the shaved areas.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Little Lion Dog has long been clipped in a "king of beasts" fashion, shaved from the mid torso but with a fluffy tail. Clipping is generally done by a professional or the owner if they wish with an electric shaver to reveal the skin. They will need to be brushed twice weekly and professionally groomed every four to six weeks. Lowchens need to be bathed at least on a fortnightly basis if not more regularly and owners must be wary of the sunburn on the shaved area of the dog. To reduce trimming time Lowchens can be entirely trimmed.

Grooming Frequency
A few times a week
Trimming
Every four to six weeks
The Lowchen was believed to have originated between Russia and the Mediterranean. The first breeder was Dr. Walthier from Germany in the early 1800s and they soon became popular with the upper classes in France, Spain and Italy. The Little Lion Dog “hairstyle” became popular when the Lowchen was rumoured to have been used as a hot water bottle, allowing the owner to have direct contact with the cosy dog. The Lowchen was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1996.


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