Origin: Of ancient origin from Europe, the Löwchen's non shedding coat has a uniquely trimmed body that looks somewhat like a small lion, hence its German name. The breed was featured by several artists including Albrecht Durer's woodcuts from the 1500's and in many Goya paintings. The Lowchen enjoyed popularity for many centuries with the ruling classes as a companion and watchdog. By the end of World War II, breed registries had almost disappeared. A Belgium woman by the name of Madame Bennert realized no one was breeding or registering Löwchen. Fearing they would become extinct, she resolved to save the Lowchen. After a long search she found two wonderful females and eventually a male. Through the remarkable efforts of Madame Bennert the breed has once again attracted many admirers.
Temperament: The Löwchen loves people and is a great companion dog… Joie de vivre is the Löwchen nature. Spunky, affectionate, outgoing and playful are all adjectives that describe the Löwchen. They have a great sense of humour and love to please their owners. Often called the Tomboy of the Bichon Family, this little dog has a huge heart and often a smile to go with it. It is a very intelligent, athletic little dog which takes well to training and makes it a perfect choice for agility, obedience, rally-o and conformation.
Activity level:Löwchen make excellent companions. They also love to run, jump and play and benefit from regular walks. The Löwchen loves to work but you should keep it fun and upbeat.
Coat: They are a non-shedding dog so the Löwchen makes an ideal choice for those looking for hypo-allergenic breeds. The coat is soft, and may have a slight wave.
Height/Weight: The average Löwchen measures 10-13 in (25-33 cm) at the shoulder and can weigh between 12-17 lb.
Coat: The non-shedding coat is soft, silky and may have a slight wave.
Colour: All colours or combinations of colours are accepted.
Grooming: Do they grow that way? people are inclined to ask of the breed's leonine look. The answer is No. They are clipped for show purposes to resemble little lions. The unclipped portions are not trimmed or shaped but left shaggy and natural. They do require regular brushing of the long hair. Löwchen also look cute in all sorts of puppy clips which are usually preferred by owners. A visit to a groomer 3-4 times a year should keep the clip looking good.
Puppy Cut: Anything goes, but the results can still be cute!!