The Löwchen (German: “Small lion dog“) It is the breed of dog that once had the honour to, as the Portuguese water dog and the Havanese, be regarded as the rarest dog in the world. Even today, the race, in general, It has less one hundred new registrations each year around the world.
Despite the fact that this dog may be linked with the Bichon Frise, the history of the Löwchen is still dark. The small lion “dog” seen in many works of art with dogs already in the century 16, but it is not clear if they were all dogs like the Löwchen, or simply small dogs of the Bichon type that were trimmed in a lion cut.
It is one of ancient race, that it was in many countries already in the century 16. Modern sources of the breed are Belgium, France and Germany, enthusiasts of race at the end of the century 19.
It is a small dog, they are considered by some registries as dogs in the Toy group, and they have been long time fellow of the Royal courts.
The aspect of the Löwchen is one of the most important features, wide snout, wide skull, lively round eyes and ears pendulantes. The head, in proportion to the body, It is not too big nor too small, but that helps highlight the friendly personality, fair, and the Löwchen leonina.
The hair should not be thin and soft as a Bichon Frisé, but corrugated, with a mixture of thick hair, among the fine. A hard Terrier hair or smooth Bichon Frisé, something in between.
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The weight of the Löwchen in males is of 5.4 to 8.1 kg and females in 4.5 to 6.8 kg. The height in the males is of 30 to 35,6 cm and the females of 28 to 33 cm..
The life expectancy of a Löwchen, round the 12-14 years.
The Löwchen is a dog friendly, happy. Dogs of this breed are playful and active, and very intelligent. It is an excellent pet for families with children.