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Löwchen are referred to in words and photos as far back as the mid-15th century. The breed is quite possibly from Germany, although for many years it was believed to have its origin in the Mediterranean. Regardless of origin, we know that the Löwchen has been a distinct breed for more than 400 years. The breed nearly disappeared in the 19th century, but tireless efforts by a Belgian breeder ensured the Lowchen's continued existence.

The breed's name translates from the German as "little lion". The names come from the traditional Löwchen clip, with close-cut hindquarters and a full, natural mane.

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