CKC BREED STANDARD
The Löwchen Club of Canada follows the breed standards set by the Canadian Kennel Club. These standards are upheld by breeders and are the standards by which Löwchen are judged at shows and breed events. Check out a quick summary below, or check out our complete Judge’s Guide for full information on the breed standards.
Strongly built, active, well-balanced and alert little dog whose presentation (that is, coat and tail clipped in traditional lion clip) gives the “little lion” appearance.
Head and Skull
Short. Skull wide in proportion, flat between the ears, head carried proud and high. Well-defined stop. Short, strong muzzle.
Round, large and intelligent, dark in colour. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims. Pigment to be in accordance with coat colour.
Pendant, long and well fringed, set on level with the eye, close hanging.
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissors bite (that is, the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw).
Black or brown according to coat colour.
Good length, proudly arched.
Forelegs straight and fine boned. Shoulder well laid.
Short, strong, well proportioned. Level top line. Ribs well sprung, strong loin with moderate tuck up.
Hind legs well muscled with good turn of stifle, straight when viewed from the rear.
Of medium length, clipped with a tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.
Free, parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.
Fairly long and wavy but not curly. Fine and silky. Clipped in the traditional lion clip.
Any colour or combination of colours permissible.
Height 25 -33 cm. (10 -13 in.) at the withers.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault is regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.