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Average size and lifespan

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great dane silouette
Height: 1ft 1in - 1ft 2in
Weight: 9-15lbs
Lifespan: 13 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Lowchen Information

LowchenLowchen translates to “little lion” in German due to its trademark hair cut where the fur is clipped closely on his legs with small plumes at the bottom. Nimble and quick, the breed excels at obedience and agility challenges.

For those considering the Lowchen, you should note that he makes an excellent pet. He’s great with kids and other pets and is easy to train. His affectionate nature, sense of humor and outgoing personality will win him legions of fans!

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Lowchens be apartment dogs?

The Lowchen is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Lowchens be left alone?

Lowchens are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Lowchens good with kids?

Lowchens do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Lowchens friendly with strangers?

Typically, Lowchens are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Lowchens get along with other dogs?

Although Lowchens will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Lowchens bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Lowchens bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Lowchens shed a lot?

The Lowchen rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Lowchens need a lot of grooming?

With a Lowchen you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Lowchens need a lot of exercise?

A Lowchen will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Lowchens easy to train?

Although Lowchens can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Lowchens handle cold weather?

Although Lowchens can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Lowchens handle hot weather?

Although Lowchens can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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