Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Lowchen’s origins are obscure; some believe that he belongs to the Bichon family whilst others believe it is more likely that he has links with Tibetan breeds brought into North Europe many hundreds of years ago; what is certain is that the Lowchen was widespread throughout Spain, Germany and France in the 16th century and is featured in Goya’s work, amongst others.
The name Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) refers to the clip, and again the reason for this idiosyncratic presentation is unclear. However, this is a clipped breed which should be easy enough to maintain at home with a bit of practice and some light clippers. The coat is left to form a heavy mane around the head, shoulders and ribs and the feet are left coated in a similar fashion to the Chinese Crested, whilst the tail which curves over the back is clipped to leave a long and silky plume. The coat is permitted in any colour or combination of colours and is long, wavy and soft.
Numbers of the Lowchen dropped dramatically in the period up to 1960 and the survival of the breed was threatened; however, numbers stabilised and the Lowchen was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1971 and numbers grew to such an extent that Championship status was granted in 1976.
The Lowchen is up to 13″ tall and can weigh as much as 8kg, so he is a strongly built little dog; good with children he is affectionate and friendly and eager to join in their games. His temperament is excellent and he is a very cheerful addition to the family.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.