Dog Breed Profiles

Schipperke

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Dog Breed Group
Non Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Belgium 
Life Expectancy
16 - 18 Years 
Color
Black, but the undercoat can be slightly lighter. 
Coat
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. 
Temperament
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. 

Breed Description

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.

Breed Infobits

The Schipperke delights in alerting its owner to the presence of potential intruders.

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