lowchen breed information

common health issues

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.
The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.
A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The Löwchen is a very old breed, traceable in paintings, drawings and literature dating as far back as 1442 in present-day Belgium, Germany and Holland. It is thought that the breed’s ancestors were dogs brought from Tibet who mingled with local Spitz - and terrier-type dogs. He gets his name — which means “little lion” in German — from a grooming style he often sports, which was developed in Pre-Renaissance Europe by ladies of the royal courts who kept him as a companion dog.

That traditional “lion” cut is still this small dog’s trademark today. His wavy coat is left untrimmed on the forequarters and clipped short on the hindquarters. This creates the desired “lion’s mane” effect around the head, which needs grooming about every other day and monthly clipping to maintain proper shape. Today, many pet owners prefer to keep their Löwchens in a puppy clip, with the coat all one length.

The Löwchen is a true companion dog – friendly, intelligent and affectionate with his family. He makes a good pet playmate for children, though he does need training and a strong leader to curb his stubborn streak. More so than many other breeds, he does not like to be left alone, and will let his family know it through barking and destructive chewing. Though naturally standoffish and sensitive with strangers, he will do well with proper socialization.

Despite his long and storied history, the Löwchen is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Löwchens are prone to include eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; joint conditions such as patellar luxation; and skin conditions such as atopy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Löwchen inherits his mother’s bad skin or his father’s bad eyes, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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