The Löwchen dog breed is a very old breed that frequently found favor with the Royal families and noblemen and women of Europe. The history of the breed has been obscured by time, however, and there is no way to know where they originally developed, or who developed them. The two most popular theories are that they were developed in the area around Germany, France, and Belgium, or that they were developed in the Mediterranean, alongside the Bichon type dogs that were developed in that area. These trainable and resourceful little dogs have come close to extinction many times, due to European conflicts, but fortunately for us, the happy-go-lucky Löwchen has prevailed.
Löwchen Dog Names in Pop Culture
The mystery series Hart to Hart aired on American televisions from August 25, 1979 to May 22, 1984, and followed the lives of Johnathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy, glamorous couple who act as amateur detectives. Jonathan is the CEO of a global conglomerate known as Hart Industries, and Jennifer works as a freelance journalist, and they are assisted by their loyal butler, cook, and chauffeur named Max. Max and the Harts also shared their lives with a dog by the name of Freeway, an unclipped Löwchen dog who Jennifer found on the freeway, although when dubbed into German the dog’s name was changed to Friedwart, a medieval name that means guardian of the peace. The faithful pup was almost always with one of the Harts or with Max, and he was central to the plot on several of the episodes. In one episode, Freeway finds a new girlfriend, a dog named Susie, but when Susie’s master is shot and killed, Susie bites the murderer, causing her to drop the gun and Freeway runs off with it. In a different episode, a new Hart employee hides the clue to a murder in one of Freeway’s toys, and in another episode, the Harts foil a drug trafficking scheme when Freeway’s kennel is switched with one that contains cocaine.
Even in episodes that did not heavily feature the dog, Charlie usually had a combination of five or more commands to execute per episode. The canine actor who portrayed the happy little dog was a stray that was originally found at a shelter awaiting execution, but his bright eyes caught the attention of animal trainer Bob Blair. Bob gave him the name of Charlie Gray, because he already had a Charlie Brown at home, and Charlie turned out to have a great deal of talent; he was able to do everything required of him, including sneezing on cue. Charlie commanded much more than the average $200 a day rate that the average canine actor earned, and he was a well-loved pooch both on and off the set; Stephanie Powers, who played Jennifer Hart, would sometimes even take him to her motor home, just to play with him for a while. In the 1990s, after the show ended, a few made-for-tv movies were released, and while Charlie Gray had passed away shortly before filming, Freeway Jr. was introduced, played by Charlie’s real-life son, who was dubbed Dirty Harry.
Löwchen Dog Name Considerations
The Löwchen dog breed has been around for several centuries and was often found in the courts of royalty and the homes of nobility, particularly in the of the French and German regions. This makes royalty related names like Prince, Princess, and Duchess very appropriate for these little dogs, as well as names that mean noble or nobility, such as Adalbert, Adelle, Herluin, and Elke. They are also bright little dogs, and if you wish to highlight that particular Löwchen trait, there are many names within this list that do just that; names like Philbert and Rupert work well. These small dogs have been around long enough that they have been featured in many art pieces, particularly portraits of wealthy families, and this can provide a great deal of inspiration as well. Some people may choose to name their dog after the subjects of the paintings, leading to names like Magnus, Maria, Anne, or Henri, while other individuals may prefer to honor the artists responsible for the names, such as Jan Havickszoon Steen, Francisco de Goya, or Jean-Baptiste Mallet. Despite their popularity, this breed almost became extinct after World War II, and was only saved due to the efforts of a few dedicated breeders, and honoring these breeders can lead to names like Maximillian, Madame, or Hans.