Origin: Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain
Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 5-7, Female: 4-6.5
Height: Male: 12-13, Female: 11-12
Origin of Name: The Löwchen or Little Lion Dog is a breed of small dog.
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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.