Lowchens


Lowchens

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Lowchen means Little Lion Dog. It was bred to be the companion of court ladies in pre-Renaissance Europe, either in France or Germany. It was popular across Europe by the sixteen century. Once considered "the rarest of breeds" by the Guinness Book of World Records , it has made a comeback. The Lowchen was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995. IT is also recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale, The Kennel Club of Great Britain and the Australian Kennel Club.
The Lowchen is small and lively. He has an outgoing and positive attitude and can be very protective of his family.
The head of the Lowchen is a hallmark of the breed. The backskull is broad. There is a moderate drop off (stop) between the skull and muzzle. The muzzle is equal in length or slightly shorter than the backskull. The muzzle is slightly rounded with a dark colored nose. The lips are tight with a scissors bite. The eyes are set well into the skull, large, dark and round in shape. They have a bright and lively expression. The ears are pendant, moderate in length and well fringed. They set slightly above the level of the eye. The neck is of good length and slightly arched. The head is carried high when the dog is moving. The topline is level from withers to tailset. The body is slightly off-square. The brisket is moderate in width and reaches to below the elbow. The legs are of good length and straight. The pasterns are short. The hind feet are slightly smaller than the front feet. The tail is set high and carried in a cup handle fashion over the back when the dog is moving. It may drop down when the dog is at rest. The untrimmed coat is long. It is rather dense and moderately soft in texture. It may be slightly wavy. There is a lion coat trim that is used for the show ring. All coat colors and combinations thereof are acceptable. Average height is between ten and thirteen inches. Average weight is between nine and eighteen pounds.



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