Löwchen aparține de categoria câinilor de talie mică și se presupune că este de proveniență franceză. Existența sa apare documentată în registre vechi din Franța. FCI are rasa înregistrată în cadrul grupei 9 de bichoni. Utilizarea sa este de câine de societate și de companie. Rasa a provenit din cunoscuta rasă a maltezilor, dar nu este foarte răspândită. Numele (ce se traduce ca „mic leu“) provine de la coama care iese în evidență și care reprezintă un semn distinctiv al rasei. Și pe coară prezintă un ciuf distinctiv. Celelalte zone de blană vor fi tunse în forma obișnuită a rasei. Din punct de vedre optic, acest câine agil amintește – prin tunsoarea sa specifică – de un mascul de leu cu o coamă opulentă. Prezența acestei coame deosebite este obligatorie în cadrul expozițiilor chinologice.
Origins of Breed
The Little Lion Dog was first seen in the mid ages. Already in the 13. century there were paintings of this dog breeds. The people then even made embroiderings in carpets of these dogs.
In the past it was a kind of fashion dog for the Royals. But after this time, the Little Lion Dog was very seldom to see. In 1965 there were only about 40 Lion dogs worldwide. Since 1976 the number of Little Lion Dogs increased again.
Character and Temperament
The Little Lion Dog is a very quiet and obedient little dog, which is very faithful to its owner.
This dog breed loves walkaways, even if it rains, because it´s not hydrophobic.
The Little Lion Dog is a good dog for beginners, because it is easy to educate. Because of its obedient character, it is easy to teach some commands. Also this breed loves children and likes to play with them. Even other animals or dogs are no problem for this silent dog. It is a good dog for flats, but they will also enjoy to have a garden. They love to be outside. The Little Lion is a good companion and lap dog.
The Little Lion Dog is a small dog. Its size is about 26-32cm high and its weight is about 6 kg.
Its a tough dog, which has a body similar to poodles. Their ears are appointed low and their tail is quite high. The tail is curved, but it is not allowed to touch the back.
The most specific detail on these dogs is their fur. In the back region the dog is bald. In the front region, that means on his chest and front-back, but also the face and ears it is bushy. Also the paws and tail is bushy. Its fur is waterproofed and allowed in all colours. The hair is long, a bit curly, thick and silky without undercoat. The owner of the Little Lion Dog needs a lot of time for its care.
Required Traits for Showing
The Little Lion Dog is a very popular dog for showings.
This breed needs a lot of haircare. The owner has to comb it every day. Sleek hair is a must-have of this breed on showings.
Also the eyes have to be clear without tear fluid on the parts around their eyes.
This dog has to walk on a lead very well, to impress the jury.
Because of its upright posture the Little Lion Dog has a big chance to win a showing.
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