Welcome to the Löwchen Club of America

WHAT IS A LÖWCHEN?

The Löwchen is a companion dog bred for centuries for the sole purpose of giving love and hoping to get love in return. If he saw a squirrel he might run after it but wouldn't know what to do if he caught it! If he confronted a burglar, he'd bark and then, with a Löwchen grin, lick his hand and lend assistance. The Löwchen is convinced that life is a bowl of liver treats. Perhaps this happy attitude comes from being allowed for hundreds of years to sleep on the beds of princesses as a combination hot water bottle and flea catcher. But don't be mistaken, this dog may look like a fluff but he is fearless, a true little lion! He will stand up to a German Shepherd and bark down a Great Dane. He is smart, trainable, resourceful and very adaptable. He will gladly sleep in a crate but he would prefer to sleep on your bed. He rarely meets a stranger, loves children, other animals, long walks, cuddle time, toys and car rides. He is alert to suspicious noise and should be trained as a puppy not to bark excessively. He loves exercise wherever he finds it, in a big backyard or on regular walks and trips to the park. He loves obedience and excels in agility. He loves a challenge to his intelligence as well as his stamina. His joy in life shows in the sparkle in his eye, the bounce in his gait and the wave of a gaily-carried tail. He is non-shedding, hypoallergenic, relatively free from genetic disease and should lead a long, active, loving life well into his golden years. His coat is generally easy to care for. He loves to be brushed and pampered several times a week and groomed every two months by a professional groomer. If he is a show dog, he must be shown in the Lion Trim. Otherwise he looks adorable in a simple puppy trim. Because of the distinctive Lion Trim, we are able to trace his existence back to the 1400s through works of art. However, there are several theories regarding his early history. One thing we do know for sure, since the Löwchen was the dog of royalty; the breed was almost destroyed in every major European conflict. How lucky we are that a few dedicated breeders over the years considered it a labor of love to save this wonderful breed from extinction. And the story continues…