The Lowchen

The Lowchen

Description:

The Lowchen, fondly referred to as the “little lion” is quite like the lion in more ways than one. Just like the lion will protect his pride, the Lowchen too will protect their family in return for love and compassion. If a lion could be morphed could be into a house pet, it would be called the Lowchen. Doting as ever, the Lowchen will follow you from room to room, craving companionship, making it difficult to leave them alone for too long.

In their attempt to protect the people they love, the Lowchen do tend to bark a little more than necessary. They can be taught to control their barking when training them. Since they are eager to please, it makes it really easy to train them. That being said, once they know that the stranger possesses no threat to the family, they are quick to make friends- be it people, other dogs, cats or other house pets.

The Lowchen are known to adapt comfortably to other house pets and children of all ages. With an affinity for chasing squirrels, while taking them for a walk outdoors, it’s best to put them on a leash, lest they bring back a dead squirrel or two.

A lively, happy and sensitive dog, not many appreciate and know the affection the Lowchen is capable of. Deemed as the rarest breed in the world, it’s time the world knew about the “little lion”…

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

Identifying Features-

Average Weight-

9-20 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: none

– Minor concerns: patellar luxation

– Occasionally seen: none

– Suggested tests: none

– Life span: 13 – 15 years

– Grooming: Brush their coat on a daily basis to avoid tangles since they don’t shed much. To maintain the traditional lion trim, clip their coat short once a month although many owners prefer to maintain a puppy clip.

 

History:

Hailing from the sacred town of Lhasa, known in Europe from around the 16th century, the Lowchen means “little lion” in Germany. The Lowchen gets this name due to the lion like mane that hangs around its mouth. Though they symbolized aristocracy and nobility and appeared in many painting in Spain, Italy and Germany, the Lowchen did indeed face possible extinction during the World War II, making them the rarest dogs of that era.

Belgium breeders are said to be credited for salvaging the breed and helping them regain their popularity and fame in the 1970s when the breed was introduced to Great Britain and United States. The AKC admitted the Lowchen under the non-sporting category in 1999 and as of 2007, their popularity ranked 139th out of 157.

Even today, they are the rarest breed in the world.

 

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