The Lowchen dog is a sweet little dog that has long been known as a lap dog. There is no greater pleasure for this dog than to be curled up on their owner's lap sleeping or just relaxing.
The Lowchen is a very easy dog to take care of and own. While many small breed dogs are high maintenance, the Lowchen is not. He is a friendly lovable little dog. Another way they are unlike many of the other small breeds is their temperament. They are not highly strung or nervous, but rather very relaxed and calm. They make great companion dogs and family pets. Even children get along great with them, which is often not the case with small dogs.
They are known as the "lion dog" because of their haircut, which is trimmed and designed to look like a lion. This is probably the highest part of their maintenance. In order to keep up with their history and appearance, their hair does need to be trimmed and groomed in the "lion style". Unless you are a professional groomer or are very knowledgeable in dog grooming, you will probably be best to take your Lowchen to a professional groomer. Their coat does require regular washing and brushing however, to prevent matting and snarling. If your Lowchen is kept in full coat, the grooming will need to be done on a regular basis such as every month or so.
The pads on the Lowchen tend to be very sensitive. Unlike the rest of their body the pads sweat and are very prone to injury. If the Lowchen is frequently walking or playing on a rough surface, the pads often get cut or just worn down. This could cause them to bleed and become very painful to the dog. If this occurs, the dog should be seen by a vet so he can treat them and help prevent the problem from reoccurring. If the Lowchen is used as a working dog, they are often fitted with boots in inclement weather. The feet of the Lowchen need to be protected from winter elements such as snow, ice or salt. All of these things can contribute and cause the pads to dry out and crack.
The Lowchen is an easy dog to keep, being content to live in an apartment if necessary. They enjoy exercise like taking a walk or playing ball, but is not a dog that has high-energy requirements. They don't need a large yard like many dogs, but do enjoy spending some time outside. They are very adaptable to how their owner lives and don't require or demand a lot.
They are not picky eaters do don't require any special diet, other than a good quality dog food for small breeds. They are also a healthy breed that is not prone to any real serious ailments. They love riding in cars and make great travel companions.