The Lowchen (‘Little Lion’) is a small, sturdy, tousle haired dog who is typically affectionate, intelligent and playful. He will adapt to most lifestyles and would be very suitable as a family pet or companion dog. His long, silky textured coat will need frequent grooming and should be trimmed to prevent hair from covering his eyes. He needs daily exercise and play.
Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)
The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 18.6% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'
Effective Population Size - EPS32.2
EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.
Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)
The long, silky coat could cause welfare problems if not kept clean and well groomed.
- Hip dysplasia: breed 5 year mean score 9.5 (parents should be lower)
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (annual testing)
Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) : No EBVs are currently available for this breed
DNA Tests Available
DogWellNet and IPFD Harmonisation of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)
Availability of a DNA test does not mean that it is always necessary or even desirable for breeders to use this test.
Other Breed-Specific Health Screening Schemes
- BAER testing for deafness.
Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.
Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)
- Congenital deafness
- Patellar luxation
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.
Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions.
You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP): www.puppycontract.org.uk
The breeder should also be familiar with the CFSG/DBRG Code of Practice for Dog Breeding