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Photo courtesy of Lowenhart Afghans & Lowchen, Australia

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




10 to 13 inches (25-33 cm)


12-15 lbs (5.5-7 kg)

Breed Profile:

The Lowchen, meaning "Little Lion Dog" and know as "Petit Chien Lion" in his native France, has strong roots in Germany. The breed has twice appeared in the Guiness Book of World Records — once as the most expensive dog in the world and once as the rarest dog in the world.

He is an affectionate, outgoing, playful and intelligent dog. He is easily trained and is excellent in obedience work and a good candidate for agility. The Lowchen is naturally self-confident and enjoys being the centre of attention. Any signs of shyness are uncharacteristic of the breed.

The Lowchen has a soft, silky, non-shedding coat of any colour or combination of colours. His gait is proud and determined, accentuated by the full mane which he wears from the lion clip.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Lowchen puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Euro Bichons — Euro Bichons is Europe's only Multi-Bichons Breed Community - Bichons Frisé, Havanese, Bolognese, Lowchen, Maltese, Coton Du Tulear.
  • Lowchen Pedigree Database
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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