- Dog Breed Group
- Non Sporting Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- Life Expectancy
- 16 - 18 Years
- Black, but the undercoat can be slightly lighter.
- Abundant and dense, with longer hair on the neck, shoulders, chest and back of rear legs.
- Exercise Needs
- Exercise should consist of a daily walk and free play in a yard or park.
- The Schipperke is very active, agile and very curious. He may be quick tempered and territorial as well as stubborn. Because of
- Good with Children
- They are good with children and other pets if properly socialized and supervised. This breed is an excellent and faithful watchd
- Grooming Needs
- Comb or brush he coat regularly with a firm bristle brush, dry shampoo when necessary.
- Average Size - Male (in)
- 11 - 13
- Average Size - Female (in)
- 10 - 12
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- Maximum 18
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- Maximum 18
- Health Issues
- Hypothyroid, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and hip sockets which tend to slip.v
- Living Conditions
- Suited for city or country living. He does best with a fenced back yard and plenty of exercise.
The Schipperke is an independent little dog who makes a well-behaved, loyal and affectionate pet. He is undemanding and devoted to his owner, enjoying being a part of a family. Curious about everything in his surroundings, the Schipperke is lively, alert and at times independent. A natural clean dog, the Schipperke will take care of his own grooming and needs minimal attention from his owners. The Schipperke is thought to be about 200 years old where he may have come from the Belgian Sheepdog. Coming from the Flemish provinces of Belgium he used used to herd sheep. Named Schipperke which is the Flemish name for "Little Captain" he was also used the guard dogs on the canal boats in Brussels and Antwerp.
The Schipperke delights in alerting its owner to the presence of potential intruders.
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