Description: French in origin, this spunky breed is a real European. These dogs are cheerful, playful, companionable, intelligent, eager to learn, gentle and sensitive. These dogs are quick learners, fearless, but gentle and sensitive. Its lion-cut coat makes it look fragile and rather undignified, but don’t be fooled. The Löwchen is a robust, even tough dog that can be strong-willed and arrogant.
Males are quite willing to challenge other large household dogs for leadership. A lot of times they will usually win even if they are not the biggest dogs in the house. If necessary a Löwchen will defend its house with intense barking. They are not hyperactive, but some may bark or dig a lot.
Other Names: Little Lion Dog
Height: 12 - 14 inches
Weight: 8 -18 lbs.
Colors: Any color is acceptable.
Coat: Wavy, but not curly. No undercoat.
Temperament: Active, affectionate
With Children: Yes, gentle with well trained children
With Pets: Yes, friendly to other animals.
Special Skills: Family pet.
Care and Exercise: Grooming should consist of combing or brushing his coat ever other day. Professional clipping every other month should be done to maintain the traditional lion trim. Enjoys ample exercise such as a short walk or a active game of play.
Training: Quick learner and intelligent. Should be trained early not to bark or dig.
Learning Rate: High
Living Environment: An apartment is okay as long as exercise is given. Needs to be around people.
Health Issues: Patellar luxation, PRA, cataracts.
Life Span: 13 - 15 Years
Litter Size: 3 - 6
Country of Origin: France
History: Member of the family of Bichon's which consist of the Bichon Frise, Maltese, the Bolognese and the Havanese these breeds were developed into separate breeds from common ancestry. Even though it is recognized as a French breed, he has been known in both France and Spain.
First Registered by the AKC: 1995
AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group