LÖWCHEN (Little Lion Dog)

Kennel Club, London 1994.
Amended July 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE - 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. 

CHARACTERISTICS - Gay, happy, lively little dog.

TEMPERAMENT - 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. 

EYES - Round, dark, large and intelligent. Unbroken pigmentation of eye rims, pigment to be in accordance with coat colour. 

EARS - Pendant, of moderate length with long fringing.

MOUTH - Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. 

NECK - Good length, proudly arched.

FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders well laid. Forequarters straight * with round bone, not too fine.

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

HINDQUARTERS - Hind legs well muscled. Good turn of stifle * without exaggeration, straight when viewed from the rear.

FEET - Small, round.

TAIL - Medium length, clipped with tuft of hair to resemble a plume. Carried gaily on move.

GAIT/MOVEMENT - Free, parallel movement for and aft, no hackneyed action.

COAT - Fairly long, wavy, never curly. Single coat of soft texture.

COLOUR - Any colour or combination of colours permissible.

SIZE - Height: 25-33 cm (10-13 ins) at withers.

FAULTS - 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. 

NOTE - Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

* Amendment to the Australian Standard - May 2005
Toy Group A.N.K.C. © January 1998
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