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Author: OriginalServices.com
Posted: April 10, 2010 @ 10:41 am GMT
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I had no intention of having a house full of dogs. I really didn't intend to have any dog, period. To begin with, we don't have the space. But when Mom moved in with us, I knew she'd enjoy spending her time with a pet. I'm allergic to cats, so the answer was a dog. I knew nothing about them, but there's a dog park just up the road. I went there, figuring I could talk to owners, check out different breeds, get a clue. This woman pulled up in a little car and out poured all these little dogs that looked like tiny lions. It was absolutely hysterical to watch! I had to find out what they were, and she told me they were Lowchens. While they ran around (quietly -- I noticed they didn't bark during their playtime at all), she eagerly told me all about the breed. How they started during the Renaissance as lap dogs of the nobility and have been around ever since. She explained that they don't need much space, but she brings them to the dog park once in a while for the socialization aspects. They like the company of other dogs, which is how she ended up getting a second Lowchen...and a third...and a fourth. Part of their appeal, she noted, is that they love to please their people and are really bright, so they are very easy to train. They don't bark a lot; in fact, some don't bark ever.

That lion look wasn't natural -- these little guys need regular grooming, and "lion" is one of the more traditional cuts people favor. And some people leave them unshaved, which means regular brushing. Then they look like miniature Old English Sheep dogs to me, but that's just my opinion.

Well, I was charmed, and things just escalated from there. Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail are my three Lowchens, and our breeder will be calling us any day with the news of a new litter (we reserved one of the pups).I don't know if you'll remember the TV series Hart to Hart, with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers? The 'Hart's' shared their home with a scruffy little dog they named Freeway because that's where they found him. Turns out Freeway was an unclipped Lowchen. "Get off the couch!" was a common remark yelled by the couple's caretaker Max. But, if you're going to have couch potatoes, then it's good to have cute, cuddly ones that are devoted to their owners and to each other. It's good to have Lowchens.

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