The Lowchen’s origin has never been clearly established with various theories tracing its roots to Europe four centuries ago, and others link it to the Mediterranean region linking it to the Bichon breed. Its name means little lion and was bred mainly to provide companionship to its owner. They were commonly found with the elite of society however in some places in Europe; farmers bred them. They were greatly affected by the World War 2 and at some point were rated as the fastest dwindling and fewest breed of dogs.
The Lowchen are also called the little lion because of their coat that is shaped like a lion’s. This is a distinct feature of the do in that its coat only goes halfway its back and completely depletes except for the tail and hind legs. They have a proportionate head to the body and an equally proportionate muzzle that has a black nose at the tip. Their eyes are naturally round and well set on their skull, and their ears droop down to their necks.
Though Lowchen means little lion, its quality traits are far from the character of a lion. It is a sociable and very welcoming dog. It is intelligent and a quick learner. They will not present much difficulty during training. It is a stout-hearted dog despite its small size and may be headstrong if the owner does not show it strong leadership. It is a playful dog and will accommodate people of all ages. They enjoy outdoor activities, and it is important to challenge them both mentally and physically for their overall well-being. They have a strong desire to please people and will easily catch tricks and play along with their instructor.
Lowchens are prone to suffering separation anxiety hence it is important to ensure that they often have company. Ensure to exercise them on a daily basis to minimize their anxiety levels and also mentally challenge them through creative games. Though they enjoy the outdoor life, they are not to be kept outside in kennels or tethered to poles as this will lead to loneliness.
They are a generally healthy breed and are prone to diseases common to other breeds such as eye problems and patellar luxation.
It is important to feed the dog high-quality food with all the nutrients. A balanced diet is good for the dog to ensure its overall physical development. The amount of food given to each dog depends on its size, metabolic rate and age.
Coat, Color, and Grooming
Has a long coat that flows from its back to the sides. It is thick, curly and soft to touch. They usually have a mix of colors on a single dog such as white and black, cream and shades gold. Will require regular brushing to prevent the hair entangling, brush their teeth on a weekly basis to remove tartar and trim their nails.
With family and other pets
Lowchen is a very friendly dog and will interact with people of all ages. It is good with children and will keep them engaged. They are accommodative to other pets.