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Löwchen

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A Mischievous and Loving Sidekick

Cheerful, Curious, People-oriented

Löwchens are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Löwchens, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Löwchen and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.



Breed Details

Height:12-14" Weight:8-18 lbs Lifespan:13-15 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The Löwchen is well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions.

Grooming: Brush coat at least weekly.

Dental: Löwchens often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Löwchen is cheerful and mischievous. Thriving on attention and close human contact, they do not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time.

Positive Traits:

  • Playful and energetic

  • People-oriented and eager to please

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

  • Alert, curious, and busy

Negative Traits:

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Can be difficult to housetrain

  • Can be snappy with children

  • Likes to dig

Whether you are considering adding a new Löwchen to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Löwchen will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Löwchen you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be the health expert.

Some health issues a Löwchen could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Blindness

Knee Problems

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Necrosis

Diabetes

Heart Disease

Thyroid Disease

Deafness


The Löwchen originated during the 15th century in Europe. The unique grooming pattern of the Löwchen has earned her the nickname of “little lion dog.” She was originally bred as a companion dog and continues to serve this purpose today. They are a very rare breed that displays a mix of playfulness and calmness. They have low to moderate exercise needs and make good watchdogs, being both fearless and curious. They have an outgoing and friendly disposition that makes them wonderful family companions.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Löwchen shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: The Löwchen is well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions.

    Grooming: Brush coat at least weekly.

    Dental: Löwchens often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Löwchen is cheerful and mischievous. Thriving on attention and close human contact, they do not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time.

    Positive Traits:

    • Playful and energetic

    • People-oriented and eager to please

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Can be difficult to housetrain

    • Can be snappy with children

    • Likes to dig

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Löwchen to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Löwchen will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Löwchen you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be the health expert.

    Some health issues a Löwchen could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Blindness

    Knee Problems

    Hip Dysplasia

    Hip Necrosis

    Diabetes

    Heart Disease

    Thyroid Disease

    Deafness


  • History

    The Löwchen originated during the 15th century in Europe. The unique grooming pattern of the Löwchen has earned her the nickname of “little lion dog.” She was originally bred as a companion dog and continues to serve this purpose today. They are a very rare breed that displays a mix of playfulness and calmness. They have low to moderate exercise needs and make good watchdogs, being both fearless and curious. They have an outgoing and friendly disposition that makes them wonderful family companions.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Löwchen shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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