Ashford Kennel Löwchen

Seminar Power Point

The following "slides" are from a CD-Rom I devised years ago when I was the LCA judges education chairperson. I gave the cd's out for free to the people that attended the seminars, as well as anyone else that asked for one. All the materials that I devised for seminars was produced and paid for by myself. Seminar attendees appreciated the CD-rom since they felt finding information on the breed was difficult. The cd-rom stream lined the process for them, giving the viewer visuals to work off of. Unfortunately, the LCA board members were upset that I did not ask for their approval on the cd-rom and so I was instructed to stop giving this out.  


I took care when developing the cd-rom to not use dogs that were currently being campaigned in the show ring. For the most part, most of the dogs pictured were foreign to the United States, with a few exceptions. I was working off of the, then, current American breed standard when I developed this. 




The dog below was Ch. Lionhearts BeBop-a-Lula. Co-bred by Della Cialini and myself. I felt she was an exceptional bitch. She had excellent movement, was a lovely size and her brown coat color stayed dark most of her life. She won the 1994 National Specialty in Mullica Hills, NJ. The judge was Don Robinder. The following year she took Best Opposite Sex at the 1995 LCA National Specialty. 


This illustration below was the part of the frontispiece of a book
Von Den Hunden. This book was written in 1555. Note the cork-screw tail. 

I went to Paris, France, for one of the French National Dog Shows some years back. While there, I took a taxi to the world famous Cluny Museum. This museum is fantastic. I found several lovely tapestries with Löwchen, including several with brown Löwchen! 


The "Lady & the Unicorn" series is displayed in a semi-circular room that is kept dark. Only the tapestries have lights on them. I will never forget the shock of recognition I felt when I walked into the room. The dog below was directly in front of me, looking straight at me as I approached. At eye level this dog just beckoned me. As I came closer, I marveled at how life-like this Löwchen seemed, even the threads creating him shone like gold, as if they were actual hairs on a dog. 


The postcard below is very special to me. I was fortunate to be able to import a wonderful Löwchen, Ch. Pan Tau von Livland. Pan Tau was a character, and I loved him dearly. He was a World Winner in 1991 at the World Dog Show and came to me not long after that. The dog below in the postcard is identical to Pan Tau. I remember when I found the post car, I was pleased to see how little the breed had changed in almost 100 years. I was also stunned to find this dog who looked just like my dog!


This is the first photographic head study I found of the Löwchen from over 100 years ago. Note the eyes are round, but that they are also light. 


During my research I came across many illustrations of the poodle and the Löwchen. These two illustrations are so like each other that I had to use them to bolster my theory that the Toy Poodle and the Löwchen may have been entwined at one point in time. 


This photo was taken in Paris by one of the newspapers which was announcing the appearance of this new breed; the Löwchen. Pictured left to right: Ch. Berta, Ch. Esmeé and World Ch. Blaguer. Note that these three dogs have large, dark and round eyes. 


The Löwchen of old were not as heavily coated as today. We have much more emphasis on long flowing coats now, than in the past. Pictured Left to Right: Evozee, Berta, Blaguer and Niniche. 

Mistakenly identified in my book as Judith, I later realized the dog below is actually named Licorice, and is a male. These photos were taken in the yard at Dr. Rickerts veterinary clinic. This photo is one of a series of photos taken that day. 


The dog on the right was one of Dr. Konigs "Kobalt Mascot Minatuarian and the other is a Kobalt Mascot Daumlinge. The Minatuarian is probably the equivalent of the Löwchen, which Both Madame Bennert and Dr. Konig agreed were the same breed. We do not know if the "Daumlinge" played a role in our Löwchen's development. 


The LCA breed standard that I was working off of  was approved by the AKC in 1995.
 The lovely Löwchen below was Ch. Hansel Von Livland. He was bred by Frau Ostertag, of the Livland Kennel. Frau Ostertag was a personal friend of Madame Bennert as well as a student. 


One of my favorite dogs, Ch. Marcel's Golden Gamin. Bred and owned by Sandi Lunka of Willowby Hills, he was the best show dog of his day. He loved to show and he and Sandi made a great team in the show ring. He was a compact and well muscled fellow with really round and dark eyes. His golden color stayed this dark all of his life. He is prevalent in pedigrees of the 1990's. I wish I had used him more than I did. 


The below illustration was designed by Juha Kares of Chic Choix fame. It is one of a series designed to educate judges on proper breed outline. 


The dog below is an Australian dog, possibly a "China Road" Löwchen. If you are able to identify this dog please let me know. I may yet find the picture in my files but have not been able to as of yet. 


This lovely Löwchen was one of my most favorite, Ch. Ashford's Ulana. She was a small but well boned bitch who had excellent movement. She was a spitfire in the show ring and also at home. Her personality was huge! Her most serious fault was that her eyes were on the small side. 


This is another Australian dog, I think also a China Road Löwchen. If you can identify this dog please let me know! 


This is one of my favorite photo's. This photo was useful in illustrating bone. The dog is Littlecourt Gregi. The little court dogs were used extensively in this slide presdentation. I felt that Freda McGregor did an amazing job with her dogs, both in the breeding of them as well as their presentation. 


At the time this presentation was developed, there were disturbing things going on in the breed. One of the issues were long dogs with short legs. Had these dogs had legs more proportionate to their length, they would been more balanced dogs. 

This was Ch. Ashford's Fati Abu. He is presented in this photo by Jari Partenen of the Wanted Kennel. I exported this dog to Jari when he still lived in Finland. Fati Abu was one of my favorite males. He is found in many of my pedigrees if you go back in the pedigrees with Ashford dogs in them. He kept this spectacular color all of his life. He was a nice sized dog with excellent movement and a lovely head and face. 


I inadvertently used Littlecourt Gregi again! 


Another Littlecourt dog! Ch. Marron Glacé of Littlecourt. 


These two Lowchen are Sigrina and Ulan. These were the first two Löwchen bred by Madame Bennert to begin the job of saving the breed. She found these two dogs in the City of Lille, in france. Our heads have shortened up somewhat since these photos were taken in 1946. 


Another Cluny tapestry. 

This litter of puppies is from Germany's Kieselgrund Kennel. The second dog from the right is my favorite of this litter. Of course we would have to put hands on to see what the heads are really like! Löwchen puppies are so cute! 


At the time that the cd-rom was developed we had problems in the US with heads. We definitely had two head types. Our standard reflected this in that it actually allowed for two types! The standard allowed for a muzzle equal to back skull and also a muzzle shorter than the back skull. The dog on the left was bred by me, and he illustrates the longer muzzle. His name was Ashford's Endante Smoki Mist. He was heavily campaigned in the Northwest part of the USA. he racked up significant wins. On the right is Ashford's Lowenhaus Cuno. He was the son of Ch. Pan Yau of Livland, and was also a World Winner!He had a fantastic head! 


Our heads have become more squarish now with more substance to the muzzles. 


This great photo was taken by Alice Bixler. She has owned Löwchen, but even before she owned them she was a great supporter of the breed. She even wrote a great article on them for "Dogs in Canada" which she was editor of! To see this article click here for the link


This head shot is also of Hansel Von Livland. He is looking into the sun, and is squinting. He did not actually have almond eyes, as it might appear here. He had a very pleasing head, and was a very good size. His coat was excellent quality. He was owned by Felizitas Dylla and lived in Germany. 



Another issue we were having was with coats. We were getting a lot of frizzy coats (some which also never were able to achieve any sort of length) in the show ring and in my opinion, too many breeders were accepting this. It was important to make sure that people understood what correct coat type was and the best way was by showing many pictures of wonderful dogs so that both breeders and judges could understand the correct coat. 


Currently brown dogs are acceptable in the FCI breed standard. This is as it should be, since the breed has a long history of brown dogs, as evidenced by multiple tapestries found in the Cluny Museum and many paintings going back hundreds of years ago. The standard that was in place when this presentation was created was revised in 1995. 

Ch. Balatina Bonwllwn BWGI


Ch. Littlecourt Pippin. The first Löwchen to gain Junior Warrant as well as being the first English Littlecourt champion. 

 
This is an excellent tip on how to determine correct coat texture. I came up with this way to examine the coat years ago, as I developed the Lowchen presentation for the LCA. I incorporated this as a guide for judges to understand the correct coat. You will find this is an excellent technique to use when evaluating a Löwchen coat. 



What follows are a selection of dogs with excellent coats. This selection is followed by a grouping of dogs with incorrect coats! 


Ch. Bumir Bien Du Plaisir. Bred by Sonja Carlson (Björkund), of Sweden.


Ch. Duncara's Mulligan Masterpiece bred by Janet Perret Green and imported by Mary Billman of Michigan, USA. 


FCI World Champion Ch. Pan Tau von Livland. Bred by Irmgard Ostertag and imported into the US by me.

Int. & Nordic Ch., WW-96, German Winner-1996, Finnish World Winner, NW 2000, Veteran World Winner 2008. Ch. Bumir Boule de Neige. This gorgeous bitch was bred by Sonja Carlson (Björkland)



Ch. Ashford's Mistico Tiffany. 


Madelaine von den Drei Lowen. This dog was imported by Dorothy Goodale of Montrose Colorado. Dorothy was very influential in the Löwchen early days. 

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Hja von den Bungener-Heide. This dog has a form of the smooth coat that is found in the breed, albeit on an increasingly rare occasion. Madame Bennert & Dr. Rickert counseled breeders to use these dogs to preserve correct coat textures. Dr. Rickert told more than one breeder that these dogs produce excellent coats. This has been my experience when working with smooth coats. 

Bedlam's Able Sable, bred by Alice Bixler out of Ch. Lowenhaus Cuno and Ch. Lambert's Annie Oakley. This bitch had a wonderful head and body. She was an excellent mover also. You could not have asked for a better temperament. She came to the Ashford Kennel as a puppy back for a breeding. 


This is a Löwchen! I saw this dog at a Löwchen party held in my honor when I made a trip to Germa ny to visit Felizitas Dylla of the Burgwald Kennel. 

This picture hails out of Australia. The dogs were from left to right: Paddy, Bella and Tessa. 


I need to find this photo in my files in order to identify this dog. If anyone else out there knows who the dog is please get back to me with the info. Thanks Gini


Another picture of a smooth Löwchen, as a puppy. 


Brittborgens Booman, notice the feet are cut like poodle feet. this is no longer in practice in the Scandic countries. 


I drew the outline from a picture of a Lowchen that had been clipped down completely. 

Y-Moorchen von Livland

trimming is the only disqualification in the LCA  Löwchen standard. This is actually an issue with judges. They have told me that they cannot talk with exhibitors that they suspect of trimming their dogs, with out disqualifying their dog. The problem is that most judges are uncomfortable saying a dog is trimmed unless they actually see the dog being trimmed. 


Mirielle von den Drei Lowen. Imported by Dorothy Goodale. 


I believe this is a Duncara dog. Can anyone identify this dog? I have not yet located the photo in my documents. 


I am unable to identify this dog. 


Littlecourt Gunther, the first Löwchen imported into Canada by Gwen Appell. Kim Schmidt of Alberta picked up in the breed where Gwen left off. Many of her dogs descend from Gwens foundation dogs. 


it's important that judges understand that puppies look like they have been trimmed but in actuality they have not been. I included these slides to show judges what to expect when they are judging the younger Löwchen. 


This dog grew up to be a National Specialty winner, as well as the first champion in the breed once the Löwchen were recognized as eligible to compete for breed championships. . Bred by Nadine Pelleschi and Carole Kramer, he is Ch. Kismets Pearlbrook Andante. 


This gorgeous puppy grew up to be Ch. Chic Choix Kangaroo du Nord. 




These two pictures illustrate the breeds wonderful temperament. The dog jumping with the barbell in her mouth is Ch. Lamberts Maid Marion. Bred by Earl Marie Dingel, this dog excelled in obedience as well as in the conformation ring. The other photo was submitted by Sonja Carlson Björklund of Sweden. It really shows the wonderful and caring temperament this breed has. 

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