BREED STANDARD

 

Breed Standard Of The Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)

 

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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.

CHARACTERISTICS

Gay, happy, lively little dog.

TEMPERAMENT

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.

EYES

Round, dark, relatively large and intelligent. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims, pigment to be in accordance with coat colour

MOUTH

Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK

Good length, proudly arched.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulders well laid, Forelegs straight with round bone, not too fine.

BODY

Short, strong and well proportioned. Level topline. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin with moderate tuck up.

HINDQUARTERS

Hind legs well muscled. Good turn of stifle without exaggeration. Straight when viewed from rear.

FEET

Small and round.

TAIL

Medium length, clipped with tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.

GAIT/MOVEMENT

Free parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.

COAT

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.

COLOUR

Any colour or combinations of colours permissible

SIZE

Height at withers 25 to 33 cms ( 10 to 13 inches )

FAULTS

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.

NOTE

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles descended.