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.