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Löwchen are happy, extremely loyal and
very affectionate which leaves little doubt
as to why this breed makes such a wonderful
companion. Their exact origin is up for debate,
however, small dogs with the Löwchen's
characteristic 'lion trim' can be found in
works of art from the 15th century therefore
giving an idea of how long these charming
dogs have been in existence.
Löwchen were very popular with royalty
and common people alike. It was unfortunate
WWII nearly wiped out their existence, however
they were eventually revived by devoted breeders
and Löwchen fanciers worldwide. In 1960,
Löwchen earned a spot in the Guinness
Book of World Records as "Rarest
Breed of Dog".
The Löwchen Club of America was founded
in 1972. The breed's registration was approved
by the AKC in 1995 in the Miscellaneous Class
and fully recognized in the Non-Sporting Group
The height for a Löwchen is 10-13 inches
Weight: Löwchen weigh 9-18 pounds
Coat Type: The Löwchen has a silky,
wavy, long and flowing. Although the Löwchen
breed has a single coat, he has thicker guard
hairs mixed in with finer, softer hairs. To
keep the coat in good condition, thoroughly
brush and comb it at least once a week. The
Löwchen is non-shedding and hypoallergenic.
According to AKC Standard for the Löwchen,
All colors and color combinations are acceptable,
with no preference given to any.
Löwchen are great companion and family
dogs. They're affectionate, playful, cheerful
and very good with children. Löwchen
are intelligent, eager to learn and happy
to please its master making training relatively
easy with this breed. Although small in size,
they are fearless and will certainly defend.
Barking can be problematic, but this behavior
should corrected through training when the
Löwchen is a puppy. Some Löwchen
are diggers. These dogs love exercise and
should be taken for daily walks in addition
to play time.
Health Problems: Löwchen are
generally a very healthy breed. Some health
issues include: cataracts, PRA and patella
luxation. Life expectancy for the Löwchen
is between 12 - 14 years, however, some are
known to have lived up to the age of 17.
• The Löwchen
Club of America was originally named the Little
Lion Club of America. It was founded in 1971
by Charles and Jane Cook and Robert and Carol
• The Löwchen was fully
recognized by the American Kennel Club on
January 1, 1999.
• Löwchen are considered
a rare breed making them difficult to find.
In 1960, the breed was named "Rarest
Breed of Dog" in the Guinness Book
of World Records.
means "little lion" in German.
AKC: Non Sporting Group
ANKC: Group 1 - Toys
CKC: Group 6 - Non Sporting
FCI: Group 9 - Companion & Toy Dogs Section
UKC: Companion Breeds