Every Löwchen owner I encountered recently was asked if they notice their Löwchen staring; a conspiratorial giggle frequently ensued, followed by an emphatic “yes, I have!” Brenda Laking, owner/trainer of Canada’s Top Obedience Löwchen 2008 explained that “Sir Pippin” intently observes her for cues, whereas a herding contestant is more prone to studying moving objects. This makes sense, as who would want a collie watching the shepherd and not the sheep? Conversely, a companion dog intent upon rounding up sheep rather than captivating its master wouldn’t be considered a top gene pool prospect, either.

Jeanne Thomas, Certified Pet Dog Trainer, adds input to this examination of the stare factor: “I suspect this trait is directly connected with the Löwchen heritage of being almost exclusively a companion dog; their job for centuries has been to amuse and interact with people; it could be that the Löwchen selected over the decades were those who made eye contact; this is a trait that not all dogs are comfortable with.” Jeanne goes on to state that when her Löwchen stares at her, she believes he’s trying to say “Get up - let’s DO something!” As a rally and obedience instructor, Jeanne has found Löwchen to be “great candidates for obedience, rally and freestyle, where mutual attention and action go together.”

Suzanne Solin, Löwchen Club of America Rescue Chair, observes that during pet therapy visits, her Löwchen is most attentive, seldom losing eye contact with patients. On a lighter note, trades people servicing our lion’s den have joked that the resident lion queen is learning trade secrets, as she carefully observes every move they make. Granted, this does come following a boisterous Löwchen welcome, becoming of her street performer and circus heritage!

Indeed, eye contact is made with easy confidence by a well socialized Löwchen; this happy, outgoing companion approaches life as a party, and we’re invited!