Breed standard

Ninkja's Løwchen

Little Lion Dog - Petit Chien Lion


Last updated 06.06.2014

Breed Standard

Breed Standard Of The Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)


One Of the larger of the Toy Group of dogs, The Lowchen is a healthy, outgoing and affectionate Little dog, who is also highly intelligent. The Lowchen is very adaptable and willing to please, wether it is in the Show Ring, performing Agility, Obedience, Heelwork To Music, or simply just being a loving family pet. The Lowchen has a silky coat, but though single coated with no undercoat, his coat will still need regular attention to prevent matting. The Lowchen coat is also very low shedding. The Kennel Club requires the Lowchen to be shown in the Lion Trim, but if not being shown he looks adorable in a Teddy Bear trim. The Lowchen coat has many varying colours and combination of colours and they often change colour as they develop.


With an average life span of 12 – 14 years and average height range of 25-32 cm -+1 cm, the Lowchen was first introduced in Norway about 1980 and was listed in The Guinness Book Of Records in 1969 as the rarest breed of dog in the world.

Many people have worked hard since then to make the breed what it is today, for us all to enjoy.


General appearance


Coat clipped in a traditional lion clip, tail also clipped. Topped with a plume, giving

Appearance of a little lion. Strongly built, active, well balanced and alert.




Gay, happy, lively little dog.




Intelligent, affectionate showing no signs of aggression.


Head and skulls


Short, fairly broad. Skull flat between the ears. Head carried proud and high, well defined stop: short, strong muzzle. Nose dark: black or brown according to coat colour.




Round, dark, relatively large and intelligent. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims, pigment to be in accordance with coat colour




Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.




Good length, proudly arched.




Shoulders well laid, Forelegs straight with round bone, not too fine.




Short, strong and well proportioned. Level topline. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin with moderate tuck up.






Hind legs well muscled. Good turn of stifle without exaggeration. Straight when viewed from rear.




Small and round.




Medium length, clipped with tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.




Free parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.




Fairly long, wavy, never curly. Single coat of silky texture.




Any colour or combinations of colours permissible




Height at withers 25 to 33 cms ( 10 to 13 inches )




Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in the exact proportion to its degree and its affect upon the health and welfare of the dog.




Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles descended.





(From The Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) Club - UK)

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