Ollie practicing his agility jumps.

Ollie practicing his agility jumps.

We always love getting emails asking us to feature their dog  or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Mari for submitting your Lowchen boy Oliver Wolfgang Rock Me Amadeus (aka Ollie) to be featured.  We can see why he is the love of your life. Oliver thanks for being a huge tail wagging fan of our bully sticks. Happy chewing!!

Height: 12-14 inches

Weight: 8-18 lbs

Coat: Löwchen coat is long, thick, and soft with a wave. The Lowchen has a soft and silky coat texture. It is typically trimmed to resemble a lion. Their back end is sheared to the skin, and a tuft of hair is left on the end of the tail. The ears are left long and fringed. If the coat is not trimmed into the lion cut the fur is long and wavy; never curly.

Color: The coloring of the Löwchen can vary, and includes black and tan, chocolate and tan, cream, gold, white, black, and various other colors and combinations.

Appearance: The Löwchen is a small, sturdy, and compact dog that is almost square in shape with an appearance that has earned him the nickname of Little Lion Dog.  It is strong with a short, broad skull. It holds itself proudly, and its gait is uplifting and effortless. The breed’s ears are pendent-shaped and feathered, and its intelligence is evident in its eyes. Its coat is long, thick, and soft with a wave. The traditional cut that gives the Löwchen the name of Little Lion is clipped close on its hindquarters and the lower half of its tail. Additionally, the front legs are close-clipped, and the main is left long and natural to give the appearance of a lion

Temperament: The Löwchen is a friendly, happy dog. Dogs of this breed are both active and playful, and very intelligent. The Löwchen makes a good pet for families with children and an excellent house pet. Known as the Little Lion Dog, the Lowchen is a dog with bags of character, plenty of spirit, and a lively and cheerful personality. These energetic little dogs make good family pets and companions, and are well suited to the inexperienced dog owner as well as the more experienced. This intelligent breed is quick to learn and eager to please, which makes training relatively easy. The Lowchen is a dog that is entertaining and fun to be around, but is also dignified, sensible, and peaceful. He thrives on the attention of his family, and has plenty of love and affection to shower upon his owners. Although the Lowchen loves to play and join in with all the family fun, he will also be content to simply snuggle up and relax with you.

Lowchens are very agile, athletic dog.

Lowchens are very agile, athletic dog.

These mild mannered dogs can sometimes lean towards timidity, and this means that early socialization is important in order to promote confidence and improve social skills. A well socialized Lowchen will get along well with children, providing that they are gentle and considerate, and will also get along well with other pets. With strangers many will be friendly and polite, although some may be timid or shy. Although the Lowchen is suitable for apartment living, he may be a keen barker and this could pose a problem in terms of noise. His tendency to announce visitors and raise the alarm makes him an effective watchdog. This is not a dog for those that have little time to devote to a pet, as he does need attention, love, and mental stimulation. His exercise requirements are low, although you should ensure that he has a safe and secured place to play or take him out for walks regularly.

Health: The life expectancy of the Lowchen is around 13-16 years, and there are just a few health issues that are linked to this generally hardy, healthy breed. This includes PRA, cataract, luxating patella, and possible allergies.

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