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The Löwchen

Posted November 06, 2013 in Dog Breeds

Background

The Löwchen is traceable as far back as 1442 when he can be found depicted in several old paintings, tapestries, engravings, drawings, and literature. They were popular during the 16th century in many countries. It’s believed they originated in Germany where the name Löwchen means little lion.

During World War II the breed became rare and came close to being extinct alltogether until Madame Bennert, a Belgian woman, revived the breed using just two females and one male.

The Löwchen was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 15 lbs.
  • Height: 12 to 13 inches
  • Coat: Long, thick, and flowing
  • Color: Any color or color combination
  • Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years

What’s the Löwchen like?

The Löwchen is both active and playful. He is very friendly and overall is a happy dog. The Löwchen would make a great pet for families with children. The history of this breed is that of a companion dog who needs attention and doesn’t like being left alone. The Löwchen is not much of a barker; he’s on the quiet side.

When it comes to training, the Löwchen is smart yet curious and can definitely be stubborn. He learns very quickly with proper motivation – food. Make the training sessions short and sweet so he doesn’t get too bored doing the same things over and over. As with any breed start training and socializing your Löwchen at an early age.

The Löwchen’s coat is presented in a lion cut, so you will have to spend a few minutes a night untangling and removing mats from the coat and you’ll need to give him a more thorough brushing about once a week. He should be taken to a groomer for his lion trim every two months.

Health

The Löwchen is typically a very healthy breed, but watch for any of the following conditions:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

Takeaway Points

  • The Löwchen is a higher maintenance breed than most when it comes to grooming.
  • The Löwchen is a quiet dog and would do well as a house pet or as an apartment pet.
  • The Löwchen can be quite easy to train as long as you start early. Don’t forget to socialize him early as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.