Dog Profiles - Description of Schipperke


Description: The Schipperke is an independent little dog who makes a well-behaved, loyal and affectionate pet. They are undemanding and devoted to their owner, and enjoy being a part of the family. Curious about everything in their surroundings, the Schipperke is lively, alert and at times independent. A natural clean dog, Schipperkes will take care of their own grooming and need minimal attention from their owners.

Height: 10-13 inches

Weight: 12-16 lbs.

Colors: Black, but the undercoat can be slightly lighter. Outside the USA other solid colors are permissible.

Coat: Abundant and dense, with longer hair on the neck, shoulders, chest and back of rear legs.

Temperament: Alert and loyal. Good with children if properly socialized and supervised. Good with other pets if properly socialized and supervised. Good vermin destroyer and family pet. Excellent watch-dog as nothing escapes his attention. His small size does not make him the best guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Comb or brush the coat regularly with a firm bristle brush, dry shampoo when necessary. Exercise should consist of a daily walk and free play in a yard or park. Training must begin early as he is intelligent, curious, and stubborn and does not like to come when he is called.

Training: Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Low. Problem Solving: High.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Suited for city or country living. He does best with a fenced back yard and plenty of exercise.

Health Issues: Hypothyroid, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and hip sockets which tend to slip.

Life Span: 16-18 years

Litter Size: 3-7

Country of Origin: Belgium

History: 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.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC (GB), UKC