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Meet the breed: Lowchen


Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a kind and compact watchdog to bring into your family, learn all you need to know about the Lowchen.


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Meaning “little lion” in German, the Lowchen was used as a foot warmer for females during the pre-Renaissance days. One of the later members inducted into the AKC, the Lowchen is an unpopular breed with much potential. Playful and a wonderful family dog, this breed makes a great fit into any home.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Non-sporting
  • UKC group: Companion
  • Average lifespan: 12 – 14 years
  • Average size: 9 – 17 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Wavy and long
  • Coloration: Black, white, lemon and speckled
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Other identifiers: Small and compact body with proud head held high; short skull and muzzle with dark, round eyes; high tail and feathered ears
  • Possible alterations: Clipped into a lion trim

Is this breed right for you?

An active breed that requires daily activity, the Lowchen is kind to children, family members and other furry friends. A cheerful breed, the Lowchen is very easy to train and is devoted to his family and home. A good watchdog, he does bark a lot. Although small, he believes himself to be quite the mighty pup. Without proper leadership or activity, the Lowchen will misbehave. Requiring some grooming, he’s easy to maintain with daily walks and socializing.

Breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Lowchen

A happy guy, the Lowchen may be your own private alarm clock. Waking you up with a bark, he’s ready for breakfast and his daily walk. After sniffing out the neighborhood, this spirited breed will return home ready to socialize with his family. Playing with the kids and romping with the other animals, he’ll be sure to keep watch on your home from morning to night. Barking at even the mailman, all of the neighbors are sure to know where the Lowchen lives. Going to sleep at the foot of his owner, he’ll be as happy as a lamb to have spent the perfect day with those he loves the most.

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