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Schipperke: Personality, Exercise, Grooming
Group: AKC Non-Sporting; KCGB
AKC Ranking: 82
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Schipperke was bred
in Flanders by a canal boat captain named
Renssens. Thought to be descended from the
same sheep-herding stock as the black Belgian
Sheepdog, the Schipperke was bred smaller
and smaller to became a different breed entirely.
It became a favorite choice to guard canal
barges in Belgium. The dogs were the "ratters",
a very important function on a canal barge,
and also usually the captain's dog –thus,
the “Little Skipper” or “Little
Captain” which is what ‘schipperke’
Today the Schipperke is primarily
a companion dog. The Schipperke does very well on
boats, so people often get this breed to go with
them on boating and fishing trips. The dog thoroughly
enjoys his trip. When the boat anchors for the night,
the dog alerts his people of anything out of the
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A General Appearance of
The small, tail-less Schipperke
has a compact, blocky body covered with a very thick
double coat which sports a heavy ruff around the
neck. Only black is accepted in the United States
and Belgium, but other colors are accepted elsewhere.
The Schipperke’s face is wedge-shaped with
a pointed nose like a fox. His small, oval eyes
are dark with a mischievous expression. He appears
to have a basically even slope from the top of his
head to his rump.
Only black is accepted in the
US and Belgium. Tans and fawns are accepted elsewhere.
The Schipperke’s coat is
abundant, dense and harsh. His head, ears and legs
are smooth. The coat is short and lies close on
back and side. Then it stands out, erect and thick
around the neck, forming a heavy mane and frill.
It is longer on the back of the thighs, forming
what is called culottes.
They shed their coat 3-4 times
a year and are totally naked for several weeks.
Height: 10 –
Weight: 12 –
Temperament of the Dog
Determined and alert, the Schipperke
will defend its territory, whether it is an apartment
or a piece of land, against both two-legged and
four-legged intruders. If someone new visits, they
will adopt a watchful position. Pet cats will be
happily accepted and Schipperkes are usually good
with other dogs. They are very smart, curious and
mischievous. The Schipperke can be willful; however,
he is usually easy to train as he is intelligent
and eager to learn.
The Schipperke is a quick, energetic
little dog. He is hot-tempered, high-spirited, self-confident
and protective. His wariness of strangers may seem
somewhat aloof, but he is actually very devoted
and loyal, especially with children. He bonds very
closely to his master.
The Schipperke likes to howl and
bark. These dogs do exceptionally well on boats.
The Schipperke will defend its home against intruders
- backing down from nobody. He is an excellent friend
to children. Some can be difficult to housebreak.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
If temperatures are not too extreme,
he can stay outdoors most of the time. However,
he needs a place to get away from the elements like
a dog house. His preference is to stay in the house.
Are they suited to homes
He is an excellent friend to children.
They are fairly good family dogs.
How Active is the Breed?
This is a very quick and energetic
dog. They are very active indoors and outdoors.
They particularly enjoy running free in a safely
fenced area or going on a run or jog.
The Schipperke can easily live in an apartment as
long as he gets exercise through play and gets to
go on a couple of nice, long walks a day.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Schipperkes remain quite active
throughout their lives. Always make sure they are
in a very securely fenced area before letting them
off lead as they are very fast.
The double coat needs to be brushed
at least weekly. Three to four times a year, the
Schipperke will shed pretty much its entire coat
so needs lots of extra brushing at those times.
The entire coat is shed and the dog is basically
naked for several weeks.
Schipperkes are prone to hypothyroid,
epilepsy, hip dysplasia and hip sockets which tend
to slip. Legg Calves Perthes, Progressive Retinal
Atrophy (PRA), Cataracts, and a newly discovered
disease called MPS 111B are also prevalent. There
is a genetic test available for the MPS 111B through
the Univ. of Pennsylvania.
Be careful not to overfeed this
Life Span: 15
or more years
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US – Schipperke Club of America, Inc. –
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC,
SCiPS, APRI, ACR
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