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Lowchen Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em

Lowchen Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

The bright, happy little Lowchen is lively and playful, yet sensible and low-key. A moderate breed in all respects and easy to care for, he will romp vigorously in the yard, trot gracefully beside you during walks (on-leash), then curl up in your lap to sleep.

Very people-oriented and inquisitive, the Lowchen (also called Little Lion Dog) needs a good amount of attention and interaction and doesn't like to be left alone for long periods of time.

He is peaceful and gentle with everyone (humans and animals alike), though he often likes to sit perched on the back of a sofa or chair, looking out the window so he can announce visitors.

As with most sweet-natured breeds, there is timidity in some lines; early socialization is important to build an outgoing, confident temperament.

Attentive and responsive to nonforceful obedience training, many Lowchens do well in competitive obedience and agility.


If you want a dog who...

  • Is small, elegant, agile, and light on his feet
  • Has a long coat that comes in many colors and doesn't shed much
  • Is bright, lively, and playful, yet not hyperactive
  • Is polite with strangers and other pets
  • Doesn't need a lot of exercise
  • Is responsive to training
  • Tends to be long-lived

A Lowchen may be right for you.


If you don't want to deal with...

  • "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
  • Shyness or suspiciousness when not socialized enough
  • Slowness to housebreak
  • Potential for barking
  • Frequent brushing and combing (or clipping the coat short)
  • Waiting lists (can be hard to find)

A Lowchen may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy


More traits and characteristics of the Lowchen

If I was considering a Lowchen, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Separation anxiety. More than most other breeds, Lowchen need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.

  2. Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, Lowchen need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution could become shyness or suspiciousness.

  3. Grooming. Without frequent brushing and combing, Lowchen become a matted mess. If you can't commit to the brushing, you have to commit to frequent trimming to keep the coat short, neat, and healthy.

  4. Housebreaking. Small breeds are frequently slow to housebreak. It is so easy for them to sneak behind a chair or under a small table, and it takes only a few seconds for the deed to be done. The results can be hard to see. When you don't see it, you don't correct it -- and so the bad habit becomes established. If you hope to housebreak a small breed, consistent crate training is mandatory. Lowchen should not be loosed in the house for many months, until their small internal organs become strong enough for reliable control.

  5. Barking. Lowchen are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them.

    To teach your Lowchen to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Lowchen Training Page discusses the program you need.



book cover To learn more about training Lowchen to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Lowchen the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.



book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Lowchen. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.


If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Lowchen might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.


book cover Once you have your Lowchen home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.



Please consider adopting an ADULT Lowchen...

When you're acquiring a Lowchen PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Lowchen who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

Save a life. Adopt a dog.

Adopting a Dog From a Dog Breed Rescue Group

Adopting a Dog From the Animal Shelter

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