lowchen breed information
common health issues
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.