Breed History / Description

The Lowchen (pronounced ‘lerv-chun’) carries a German name, but it is thought that it is French in origin, and is a member of the Bichon family. The epithet of 'Little Lion Dog' comes from the traditional clip of shaved hindquarters, with plumed tail and a mane of hair over its neck and shoulders. Theories exist that the shaved rear end was warm to the touch and therefore comforting to its lady owners, keeping them warm in bed. The leonine appearance gave the breed the symbolic power of a lion, and therefore the dogs were seen as a source of protection for their owners.


Gay, happy, lively little dog. 


Intelligent, affectionate showing no sign of aggression.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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