Historic ANKC (Australia) Standard (1981)

Australian 1981 Standard

This is NOT a current standard. It is no longer applicable.


Toy Group

Revised Standard of the Lowchen

Intelligent, lively and affectionate.

 General Appearance
A strongly built, active, well balanced and alert little dog whose presentation gives the “little Lion” appearance

Head and Skull
Short, fairly broad skull, flat between the ears, head carried proud and high. Well defined stop. Short strong muzzle.

Round, large and intelligent, dark in colour.

Long and well fringed, set on level with the eye, close hanging.

The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete sissor bite, ie the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Black/brown according to coat colour.

Good length, proudly arched.

Forelegs straight and fine boned. Shoulder well laid.

Short; strong, well-proportioned. Level topline. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin with moderate tuck up.

Hind legs well-muscled, with good turn of stifle; straight wen viewed from the rear.

Small and round.


Free, parallel movement fore and aft; no hackneyed action.

Of medium length; clipped with a tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on the move.

Fairly long and wavy but not curly. Fine and silky. Clipped in the traditional lion clip.

Any colour or combinations of colours permissible.

Weight and Size
Height 25-33 cm (10-13 inches) at the withers.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Male animals should have two apparantly normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

As published in KCC Kennel Gazette, 1981.