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With its long, silky coat trimmed in the traditional “lion clip”, this dog is easily distinguished from other members of the bichon group. The tail is clipped along part of its length, leaving just a plume of hair, completing this attractive, lively breed’s distinctive parody of the “king of the beasts”.

History of Löwchen

This breed found favour with the European aristocracy at an early stage in its development. It featured in a painting by Goya of the Duchess of Alba in the late 1700s. However, its popularity declined to the extent that by 1960 it was considered to be the world’s rarest dog breed.


This intelligent, good-natured breed has recently undergone a welcome growth in popularity, particularly in the USA.

Other Names of Löwchen: Little Lion Dog.

Identification keys of Löwchen

  • short head with dark nose
  • long, silky “mane”
  • large, dark, round eyes
  • veil-muscled hindquarters
  • tail curls forwards over back
  • long, pendent, well-fringed ears

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