Despite the Lowchen breed’s small statue they have a big personality. This little dog was developed to be a companion dog for the rich and noble of the time period, but they were also used as small watch dogs and vermin hunters on farms.
They were nearly extinct after World War I and World War II and even though they are no longer in danger they still remain fairly rare and hard to find so, even if you managed to find a breeder, prepare to be placed on a long waiting list.
The Lowchen has a very happy outlook on life. Friendly with almost everyone, it brings cheer and joy to any household. Sensitive and loving, the Lowchen craves affection and attention from family members. These dogs are highly intelligent, easy to train and eager to please.
The Lowchen can live as long as 14 years with relatively few genetic health issues; however, some Lowchen can develop a knee problem called patellar luxation, in addition to eye problems such as cataracts and PRA (progressive retinal atrophy).
The breed is considered by some to be hypoallergenic and perhaps makes a better choice for people with asthma and allergies.
They are suitable for apartment dwelling and due to their eagerness to please and ease of training they make the perfect breed for the novice or inexperienced owners.
They require mental and physical stimulation and excel at agility and obedience events. The breed is sweet, gentle, affectionate and extremely intelligent.
We know that the Lowchen, which means “little lion” in German, dates back to the 15th century, but we don’t know where it came from. While many dog enthusiasts say they originated in Germany, others say they have a Mediterranean background.