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Lowchen - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015


The Lowchen has a long mane and tasseled tail that help give him his leonine look. In fact, the Lowchen's haircut is what's known as a “Lion's Trim.” The most important feature of the Lowchen is the head, which is carried high at all times. The muzzle is short and wide, the skull broad. The eyes are wide set, round, and dark in color; and the ears are pendant and well fringed. The teeth of the Lowchen should meet in a scissors bite. They are slightly longer than they are tall, with a level topline. The tail is high-set and carried in a cup-handle position. The Lowchen's coat is dense, slightly wavy, and comes in all colors of the canine rainbow.

Size and Weight

Adult Lowchens sand from 12-13 inches at the withers. Breed standards vary slightly, but generally the height of the dog can vary 1 inch above or below this ideal. The overall proportions of the dog are more important that the height and weight of the dog. Lowchens should be a bit off-square, and they should be a touch longer than they are tall, with a ratio of 11 to 10.

Coat and Color

The Lowchen wears a dense, long, slightly wavy coat that sheds very little and is soft to the touch. They have an combination of both thick and fine hair that creates a unique texture. There is no color preference per breed standards, and Lowchens come in all colors of the canine rainbow.

Grooming Needs

The cut given to a Lowchen – and the cut that is required for the show ring - is called a “Lion Trim.” The hair is shortened to 1/8th of an inch in length from the last rib to the rump, as well as on the legs, with cuffs of hair just above the feet. The tail is also trimmed, but a plume is left at the tip of the tail. Lowchens shed very little, and all that is needed to maintain the coat between clipping is regular brushing, which prevents tangles.

Check the Lowchen's ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog's ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.

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