The Lowchen are great for show owners who shave off the fur on their hind legs to make them look just like small lions. These dogs are wilful and stubborn.

You should know that these small dogs are independent and will show lots of affection towards their owners. They will be reserved with strangers unless well socialised.

Lowchen Facts


Exercise Requirements:      1 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       4 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         3 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 25-33 cm (10-13 in)

Weight: 4-8 kg (9-18 lb)

Coat: Has a soft texture and is fairly long

Colour: Any

Lifespan: 13-14 years

Special Characteristics

These small dogs absolutely love to play and really do enjoy the company of people. They are described as being happy, lively, strong-willed and stubborn.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs are considered to have low exercise requirements and will use most of their energy up through lively play at home. Will be happy with 1 or 2 short walks each day.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are affectionate towards their owners even though they enjoy their independence.

Children: Usually good.

Other Pets: Good, can be problematic with other dogs in the family.

Strangers: Will be friendly if they have been well socialised from an early age.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are known to be problematic around unknown dogs.

What to Watch Out For

These dogs really do well with a determined owner because they are rather strong-willed and very stubborn. You are going to need to have a lot of patience to own this breed of dog.

Health Risks

Just three potential health problems to take note of; patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Lowchen needs to be affectionate and confident, who really does need to enjoy play and have bags of time available to do so.

These dogs are very independent, so you are going to need to have a lot of patience and time to devote to training this cute little dog.

More Photos

Lowchen with grey and white fur coat Lowchen with black and white fur coat

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