Monday, December 2, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Löwchen

Image from akc.org
Löwchen is a German word meaning little lion, and this comes from the breed's traditional hair cut. The breed is mentioned in words and pictures as far back as the mid 15th century, and some 400 years ago, ladies at Pre-Renaissance courts would groom the dogs to resemble a lion. 

The haircut is believed to have originated to prevent matting and infestation. It also allowed the dogs' exposed skin to warm ladies in cold and drafty buildings.

In 1973, there were only 65 registered individuals. Since then the population has increased, but there's generally only a couple hundred new registrations each year worldwide.

These dogs are small, intelligent, and lively. They're known for being affectionate, curious, and willing to please. While they love having access to a yard for daytime play, they're not meant to be outside dogs, and they need to live with the family.

The coat requires a fair amount of brushing and combing. Clipping normally takes place once or twice a month, to preserve the lion trim. Their average lifespan is 13 to 15 years and they are normally 12-14 inches tall at the shoulder. 

~ Maria Sadowski ~ 

2 comments:

  1. Haven't heard of this one, even in Germany. Cute scruffy pup.

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    1. I found them on a list someone posted on Facebook. You know, one of those, "Ten dog breeds you need to know but never heard of." I've never heard of them in Sweden either.

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