Breed Standard Of The Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
Coat clipped in a traditional lion clip, tail also clipped. Topped with a plume, giving
Appearance of a little lion. Strongly built, active, well balanced and alert.
Gay, happy, lively little dog.
Intelligent, affectionate showing no signs of aggression.
HEAD AND SKULL
Short, fairly broad. Skull flat between the ears. Head carried proud and high, well defined stop: short, strong muzzle. Nose dark: black or brown according to coat colour.
Round, dark, relatively large and intelligent. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims, pigment to be in accordance with coat colour
Ears pendant, of moderate length with long fringing.
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Good length, proudly arched.
Shoulders well laid, Forelegs straight with round bone, not too fine.
Short, strong and well proportioned. Level topline. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin with moderate tuck up.
Hind legs well muscled. Good turn of stifle without exaggeration. Straight when viewed from rear.
Small and round.
Medium length, clipped with tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.
Free parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.
Fairly long, wavy, never curly. Single coat of silky texture.
Coat to be shown in it's natural state without scissoring or sculpting apart from the traditional lion clip.
Any colour or combinations of colours permissible
Height at withers 25 to 33 cms ( 10 to 13 inches )
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in the exact proportion to its degree and its affect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles descended.