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Breed origin: Uncertain, possibly Germany.
Original purpose: Companion dog.

AKC recognized: 1996
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: around 15 lbs
Size: Height: 12 to 14 inches
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Color: All colors and color combinations.

Life span: 16 to 17 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Lowchen is alert, intelligent, lively, outgoing, inquisitive, and affectionate. They are very trainable and adaptable, and make a loving companion dog. They will bark an alert when there are visitors at the door, but they will welcome strangers, including burglars, into their homes.

Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

Intelligent? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, tracking

Grooming requirement: They are considered a minimal-shedding breed and might be tolerated by some people with allergies. Brush several times a week and a professional grooming every two months. Show dogs must be shown in the Lion Trim, but pet dogs can be kept in a simple "puppy cut". Bathe once a month or more frequently if necessary.

Known health problems: Cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation.

Recommended books for further reading:

Lowchen (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2006
155 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Lowchen Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Lowchen Club of America Rescue

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