The Kennel Club (UK) Standard
Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
Coat clipped in traditional lion clip, tail also clipped, topped with plume, giving appearance of a little lion. Strongly built, active, well balanced and alert.
Gay, happy, lively little dog.
Intelligent, affectionate showing no sign of aggression.
Head and Skull
Short, fairly broad. Skull flat between the ears, head carried proud and high. Well defined stop; short, strong muzzle.
Round, dark, relatively large and intelligent. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims, pigment to be in accordance with coat colour.
Ears pendant, of moderate length with long fringing.
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Good length, proudly arched.
Forequarters Shoulders well laid. Forelegs straight with round bone, not too fine.
Short, strong and well proportioned. Level topline. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin with moderate tuck-up.
Hindlegs well muscled. Good turn of stifle without exaggeration; straight when viewed from the rear.
Medium length, clipped with tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on move.
Free, parallel movement fore and aft, no hackneyed action.
Fairly long, wavy, never curly. Single coat of silky texture. Coat to be shown in its natural state without scissoring or sculpting, apart from the traditional lion clip.
Any colour or combination of colours permissible. Merle is not acceptable.
Height at withers 25-33 cms (10-13 ins).
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.