meet theLowchen

Meaning "little lion" in German, the Löwchen is a small, bright, and lively dog. The breed's trademark is their traditional "lion" trim, where the coat is left natural and untrimmed on the forequarters and clipped close to the skin on the hindquarters. Cuffs of hair around the ankles are left on all four legs and the tail is clipped except for a plume left on the base. All colors and color combinations are acceptable. Today, the Löwchen's agility and quickness make them especially suited for the obedience and agility rings.


Training &Temperament

Whether seen in the lion clip or their natural long, dense coat, Löwchen are cuddly, eye-catching companions. These are prototypical personality dogs: comical, clever, willful—and lionhearted enough to stand up to a Rottweiler without backing down. Their alertness and courage make them champion watchdogs of the lightweight division. Mostly, though, the breed’s fans enjoy the affection Löwchen lavish on their special someone. Non-shedding, robustly healthy, athletic, long-lived, and easily trained, Löwchen are a scarce breed well worth searching for.

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Did You Know?

The Löwchen Club of America was formed in 1972.

The Löwchen is the AKC's 143rd breed.

The AKC Board of Directors approved the Löwchen for AKC registration and competition in the Miscellaneous Class at the June 12, 1995 Board Meeting. The Löwchen entered the AKC registry on August 31, 1995, and entered the Miscellaneous Class on April 1, 1996. It was approve for the Non-Sporting Group in 1999.

The Löwchen is quite possibly from Germany, although for many years it was believed to have its origin in the Mediterranean.

The Löwchen has been referred to in words and pictures as far back as the mid-15th century.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Silver 016
Black & Tan 018
Black Brindle 279
Blue 037
Blue Brindle 056
Chocolate 071
Cream 076
Fawn 082
Gold 091
Gold Brindle 485
Gold Sable 486
Red 140
Red Brindle 148
Red Sable 155
Silver 176
Silver Brindle 303
White 199
Black & Tan Brindle 487
Chocolate Brindle 342
Chocolate Sable 350
Fawn Brindle 088
Fawn Sable 338
Silver Sable 286


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Cream Markings 044
Irish Pied 075
Parti Belton 136
Parti-Color 038
Silver Markings 034
Silver Points 135
Tan Points 029
White Markings 014