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Lowchen Dog Breed

The Lowchen or “Little Lion Dog” is believed to have originated from Germany, although there are those who also claim it to have come from Belgium and France. It was once considered the “rarest breed” and even named in the Guinness Book of World Records in the 1960s. The numbers have increased through the years however there are still just a few hundred registered. It is a small bichon type dog, standing at a height of 10 to 13 inches and weighing between 9 to 18 pounds. Its coat is always cut to resemble the appearance of a lion. It has a short head with a broad skull, short muzzle and a dark, typically black nose. It has round, lively and dark eyes, pendant-shaped ears that are feathered and a high-set tail of medium length. Its coat is long and wavy and sheds minimally thus making it suitable for those with fur allergy. The coat can come in a variety of colours. The most popular ones are white, black and lemon whilst there are also some in speckled colours.

In the old days, the Lowchen was used as a foot warmer for the ladies, nowadays they are kept as household pets. Friendly, happy and with a playful character, it is good with children and interacts well with other dogs and non-canine animals in the house. It is sociable and intelligent and eager to learn. They can also be good watch dogs, barking intensely to alert its owner. They are not hyperactive animals but they like to dig around. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

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