Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)

The Lowchen is a small friendly, happy dog. Dogs of this breed are both active and playful, and very intelligent. The Lowchen makes a good pet for families with children and an excellent house pet. It also loves to sit on your lap. Part of the Bichon family of dogs. Rare breed.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. They have quite a bit of energy and will appreciate daily walking of at least an hour and regular playtime in the house/garden. They can do well in agility.

Size: 10 - 14 inches

Weight: 8-18lbs

Colour: Any colour, but most often seen in white, white and cream, white and grey

Town or Country: Both – ideally suited to town

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Families with children, or singles and couples, with low living space and low to moderate time for exercise, who can invest in training and would like to have their dog included in all their activities.

Group: Toy

Originally From: Unclear – Western Europe e.g. Germany, Belgium, Italy all possible.

Original Purpose: Companion dog

Living Space: Low

Coat: Medium, thick and wavy.

Grooming: Medium. Can be clipped to keep coat down. However short the coat is, particularly during the puppy to adolescent and adolescent to adult stages, the hair comes out from the roots and a complete daily groom is necessary. Grooming should include regular attention to ears, teeth and nails. After a walk check for barbed or sticky seeds.

Children: High. They love humans and tend to follow them round the house. They appreciate play and entertainment. However this is a toy breed so rough handling should be avoided.

Sociability with strangers: Medium to high if socialised early.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Not known

Trainability: High. They do well in obedience.

Noise Level: High. Strangers approaching the house will be met with a loud and intense barking. This barking can become a nuisance to neighbours so training is required to discourage inappropriate barking

Known Health Issues: Patella luxation (slipped knee), cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Can suffer from separation anxiety.

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