Practically non-shedding; the classic “lion clip” requires expert grooming.
The Löwchen's outgoing and positive attitude make the breed a pleasure to be around. As a companion dog, they are affectionate and like to be with their families. Although smaller in size, they enjoy daily walks or other activity. Their single coat needs a thorough brushing at least weekly to prevent matting and their trim should be freshened every two months.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Löwchen is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Their trim should be freshened every two months. Beyond regular weekly grooming the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The Löwchen's outgoing and positive attitude make the breed a pleasure to be around. As a companion dog, they are affectionate and like to be with their families. Although smaller in size, they enjoy daily walks or other activity. The excel in obedience, agility, and rally and love water trials, lure coursing, carting and herding. They are fast, energetic and agile yet make wonderful therapy dogs. They are terrific with young and old alike and are happy to just sit quietly by their owners side.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Löwchen are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Löwchen can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.