Breed Description +

Meaning "little lion" in German, the Löwchen is a small, bright, and lively dog. The breed’s trademark is their traditional "lion" trim, where the coat is left natural and untrimmed on the forequarters and clipped close to the skin on the hindquarters. Cuffs of hair around the ankles are left on all four legs and the tail is clipped except for a plume left on the base. All colors and color combinations are acceptable. Today, the Löwchen’s agility and quickness make them especially suited for the obedience and agility rings. The Lowchen is alert, intelligent, and affectionate with the overall qualities of a loving companion dog. It has a lively, outgoing, and inquisitive personality.
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  • Common Name(s):

    Little Lion, Little Lion Dog, Petit Chien Lion

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  • Observed Weight:

    9-20 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    9-18 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 10 - 13 in


The Löwchen breed originated somewhere in Europe, and is likely ancestrally related to the Bichon Frise family. The breed is affectionately referred to as the "Little Lion Dog" due to its mane and characteristic clipped trim. The exact time and place of the breeds creation are unclear, but dogs resembling the Löwchen can be seen in examples of sixteenth century German art, suggesting that the lion-trim was popular at the time. A Löwchen fancier named Madame Bennert is credited with saving the breed through her extensive breeding efforts that began in 1945. Soon after, the breed’s numbers began to steadily increase, and during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the breed was finally introduced to Great Britain and the United States. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Löwchen in the Non-Sporting Group in 1999.

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