Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Lowchen puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Lowchen, the best dog food diet for feeding Lowchen puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Lowchen dog breed

Lowchen Health Problems and Raising a Lowchen Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Lowchen:

The number-one health problem in Lowchen is allergies, which causes terribly itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Luxating patellas (loose knee joints) can be a problem in Lowchen.

Eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and persistent pupillary membranes.

Vitreous degeneration is another eye disease that can occur in Lowchen. The vitreous is a clear jelly-like material within the eye that helps support the retina and give shape to the eye. If the vitreous develops an inflammation, it may become cloudy or liquefied, and vision may be impaired or lost. Vitreous degeneration may also predispose a dog to other eye diseases (retinal dysplasia, lens luxation, or glaucoma).


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Lowchen?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Lowchen today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Lowchen puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Lowchen puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Lowchen puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Lowchen lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Lowchen
The best diet for feeding your Lowchen is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Lowchen. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Lowchen
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Lowchen. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Lowchen puppy really need? Does your adult Lowchen need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Lowchen. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Lowchen. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Lowchen.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.