Meet the Breed: The Löwchen
The Löwchen is a small dog that sort of resembles two. It would do nicely in a Dr. Seuss Book. The front is kept shaggy and long, while the back is shaved for the most part except for around the dewclaws near the feet and the tail. The single coat is long and wavy. Sometimes the coat is kept in a puppy cut rather than a lion cut. The head of the Löwchen has a short, wide muzzle and a broad head. The eyes are dark and round. The ears are pendulous and well feathered. The coat comes in a variety of colors, but the black and white and black and lemon colors are most prized.
The Löwchen's history is rather muddy, depending upon the source. It generally can be traced to the areas of Germany, Holland and Belgium. Some have said that there may be an ancestor from a dog originating in Tibet and, looking at the Lhasa Apso, another little lion-like dog from the monasteries of the Himalayas, this does seem possible. The fact that this dog has a shared history of being a royal companion, much like the Lhasa, indicates its breed founders may have been an ancient gift of diplomacy. The Löwchen is traceable in art and literature as far back as the early 1400s. The exposed skin was thought to be a foot warmer for royal ladies. The breed was popular in Germany, Spain, France and Italy in the 1500s and continued throughout the 1800s. Like a lot of breeds, the numbers dwindled after the two world wars, but being a dog of royalty, it was almost destroyed in every major European conflict. It continues to be quite rare.
The Löwchen is a happy, fun, friendly dog. It is intelligent and eager to learn. They are gentle but at the same time, fearless, often becoming top dog in the family even if there are larger dogs. They are good with children and other pets.
Breed Club Links: Löwchen Club of America
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