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Overall Status

Height 12 to 13 inches at the shoulder
Temperament Affectionate, Outgoing, Positive
Weight 15 pounds
Life Expectancy 12 to 15 years
Coat Color Black, Black and Tan, Blue, Brown, Gray, Red, Silver
Barking Level Frequent

Quick Factors

Dog Friendly
Exercise Need
Grooming Needs
Strangers Friendly
Family Affectionate
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Daily Care

Grooming Tips

The Löwchen’s grooming requirements are surprisingly few—a good brushing every few days, followed by a nice bath every couple of weeks will keep him looking and feeling his best.

Nails should be trimmed and ears cleaned regularly as well. The Löwchen can visit a professional groomer (or his breeder) every couple of months to keep the hair trimmed either into a “puppy cut” or the traditional “lion” trim.

Exercise Tips

For a little dog, the Lowchen has amazing energy. Although not overwhelming, this breed does like to run and play outside. The Lowchen will also need a couple of brisk walks each day.

Believe it or not; this little dog makes a really good jogging companion. His little legs can keep up with the best of them however; runners should consider adding weight training to the regimen and carry the dog on their outings.

Lowchens make wonderful family companions. They love kids and love to play so this would be a win-win situation for all. The Lowchen will happily play chase the ball or fetch with the kids in the afternoon.This would free up the adult’s time so they can prepare dinner without having everyone underfoot.

Feeding Tips

Lowchens should be fed a high-quality diet of dry kibble. Dry food is best for their overall oral health. Be sure that the food is designed for your Lowchen’s activity level.

Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to gettingoverweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level.

Treatscan be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about whichhuman foodsare safe for dogs, and which are not.

Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

Health Tips

The Lowchen is an exceptionally healthy breed of dog. The only notable health concerns are cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and patellar luxation.

It is believed that the strict and careful breeding program of the 1970s is the reason the breed is so healthy. Once the breed increases in population and popularity, it is likely that more health issues will occur.


One of the great things about Lowchens is that they are quick learners and simple to train. These tiny guys are super smart and catch on fast as lightning. They have an inherent desire to make their owners happy so training is usually a snap. As training sessions should be fun.

Exciting praise and a large supply of yummy treats are the best training tools possible. Consistent and positive methods will have the Lowchen acting much better behaved than the average child!

Lowchens will do well in obedience trials and with additional training, agility courses. Considering this breed’s personality and trainability, he will more than likely make an awesome therapy dog too.


The Löwchen originated in Europe around 400 years ago; most likely in Germany as the name Löwchen means "little lion" in German. It was groomed to look like a little lion and its exposed skin was often used as a foot warmer for the ladies.

The breed was popular in Germany, Spain, France and Italy in the 1500s and continued throughout the 1800s. Like a lot of breeds, the numbers dwindled after the two world wars. It was named the "rarest breed" in the Guinness Book of World records in the early 1960s.

Numbers have risen enough to take that title away from it, however it is still considered rare. The Löwchen was recognized by the AKC in 1996.

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