A small dog with a big heart, Leuven (the same singular or plural) stands a little over a foot on the shoulder. The coat is traditionally placed in a “lion clip”, with most handicuers and tails clipped down close to the skin. The overall effect is of a mini-lion, with a full mane and plum tail. The coat comes in many colors and color combinations. Under the coat is a dog that is strong and strong, but elegant and artistically balanced.
The origins of Lochan have long been under debate, and historians cannot agree on the birthplace of the breed. The name is German, but since the Middle Ages Löwchen was popular among the nobles of France, Italy, Holland, Spain, and Russia, as well as Germany. Löwchen descends from the same ancient line, which produced such fellow breeds as the Bichon Frize and the Maltese, and, thanks to the many countries seen in Renaissance art, we know that Löwchen dates back at least 500 years. Hasn”t changed.
A small, bright and lively dog, which originated as a companion breed in pre-Renaissance Europe, where court women dressed it in the likeness of a little lion. The breed features a compact, balanced body; A relatively short, broad topskull and muzzle; And a proud, lively laugh that cuts the lion with a long flowing mane. The dog of superb style, combined with a brilliant and positive attitude, is the result of these wonderful features.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
Lochan’s grooming requirements are surprisingly minimal given the length of the hair – a good brushing every few days, a good bath every couple of weeks will keep him looking and feeling his best. As a hypo-allergenic, non-shedding breed, Leuven’s hair would not go out without the intervention of a brush. The nails should be trimmed and the ears cleaned regularly. Löwchen can hire a professional groomer (or his breeder) every couple of months to trim hair into “puppy cut” or traditional “lion” trim.
With a history of Löwchen as a royalty partner who was in constant danger, he is a very cautious fellow and reacts quickly to suspicious noise or activity. They should be taught as a young puppy which is not necessary nor appreciated for excessive barking at every sound or speed. He lives to please his boss, which makes training quite easy, so long as you use positive methods. He does not respond well to drastic reforms.
Lochan is a charming, lively fellow. He likes to play in his fitted yard or take long walks with his master. He is very intelligent and loves new challenges, and he is a great candidate for obedience or agility. He would not be suited to going on long distance runs, but he is a strong dog, who can be happy doing just about any activity with his people.
Löwchen should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Most of Löwchen are healthy small dogs. Responsible breeders screened their stocks for health conditions such as hip dysplasia, patellar laxation (slipped stifle), cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy. Your dog breeder should provide copies of the parents’ health-testing certificates so that you can make informed decisions about your dog’s health.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: