The bright and lively Lowchen was developed in Pre-Renaissance Europe around 400 years ago as a companion for the aristocratic class. Their distinctive “lion” cut served to set them apart visually and also was a deterrent to skin infestations and matting. Additionally, ladies were better able to use them as foot warmers when their bare skin was exposed! Beyond the lap that they are more than happy to warm, the intelligent and naturally athletic Lowchen excels in obedience and agility. A positive attitude and gregarious nature endear them to their acquaintances, old and new, and they make loving family pets. Their natural but flowing single coat needs a thorough weekly brushing and their trim should be updated every couple of months.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.