Lowchen (Little Lion Dog): Breed Information

Country of origin: France
Shoulder height: 26 – 32 cm
Weight: 6 kg
Age: 13 – 15 years
Color: all
Use: companion dog, companion dog

The Lowchen is a small, friendly, and adaptable companion dog. It is an active, hardy companion who loves long walks, play,s and exercise. It is easy to train and makes even beginners happy.

Origin and history

The lion (Little Lion Dog) is an old French breed of dog whose origins can be traced back to the 14th century. The once popular companion dog with the typical lion clip fell into oblivion and became extremely rare at the beginning of the 20th century. However, a small group of breeders managed to rebuild the dog breed after the war, so it enjoys worldwide popularity today.


The Lowchen is a small dog of a roughly square build. Lowchen has a short, broad head, small, heavily fringed hanging ears, and large, expressive eyes. The tail is of medium length, set high, and carried over the back.

The coat of the Lowchen is medium-length and wavy and can come in all colors. Typical and eponymous is the characteristic lion clip, which is mandatory for show dogs but not necessary for “home use”.


Lowchen is a lively, playful, and happy dog that needs close contact with its caregiver and is very affectionate and cuddly. They are also very friendly and uncomplicated when dealing with other dogs or strangers. Lowchen is alert, but not a barker. The small companions are very robust, persistent walkers and good sporty companions. You can also get enthusiastic about canine sports such as agility.

In terms of keeping, Lowchens are extremely unproblematic and adaptable. They feel just as comfortable in a large family in the country as in a city apartment, provided they get enough exercise and are integrated into life as full family members.

The docile Lowchen is easy to train and therefore also suitable for dog beginners. Like any long-haired breed, the Lowchen also needs regular grooming such as brushing and bathing, the Lowchen clipping is only mandatory at shows.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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