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Background Favourites of the Florentine Nobles of the 15th century the Lowchen catered to the whims of the elite. Ladies at court clipped the hair from the dog’s backs and used the dogs as hot water bottles. Developed in Europe, the breed has been traditionally clipped similar to the Portuguese Water Dog in the lion trim. In fact, with his clip, waving hair, his tail set high over his back and his colour varieties, one can almost imagine him a miniature of that breed. This is probably not his immediate origin, but the similarity of the Bichon family and the water dogs is emphasized by these comparisons. The Little Lion Dog undoubtedly evolved from the family of Bichon, as they travelled from the Mediterranean into Europe. Many feel that the breed was developed in Germany, but France is listed as the official country of development. They are now recognised in many countries of the world, including Australia but are still considered fairly rare.
Average Lifespan The breed average is from 12 to 15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament A "bit of a clown" is one way to describe the Lowchen. The breed has a generally happy disposition and willingness to please, which makes them ideal companions. The Lowchen’s head is described as "meltingly pleasant" in many books and this is truly the case. They come in a variety of colours and their final coat colour is not settled until adulthood. The young black Lowchen can well grow up to become the cream coloured Lowchen of tomorrow. Despite its diminutive size, the Lowchen is robust and full of energy, yet sensible and not hyperactive. A dog of intelligence and affection, he is exclusively a house pet and companion, and is winning admiration in many parts of Australia.
Compatibility With Other Pets Very good. Will accept other pets if introduced at an early age.
Care Requirements Robust and generally sound with few medical problems noted to date in the breed in this country they are ideally suited to families with limited space. They do though require regular grooming and exercise as is the case with all breeds.
Please Take Note Remember: This breed is long coated and requires regular grooming and clipping.
Ideal Owner/s If you are seeking a small, loyal, charming house dog and prepared to accept the need for regular grooming, then the Lowchen might well suit you and your families needs.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Lowchen and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.