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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, enjoying being a part of the family. Curious about everything in their surroundings, the Schipperke is lively, alert and at times independent. They can be excellent watchdogs as well as excellent guards. Small as they are, they were once used for guarding canal boats in Europe. The Schipperke is watchful, courageous and perky. They are sharp, kind in nature and a joy to own. A naturally clean dog, Schipperkes will take care of their own grooming and need minimal attention from their owners. They are a small dog, covered in abundant, harsh, black fur. They have perky ears, and a short, thick body. They have a foxy expression. The tail is docked or, when natural, creates a thick plume. They are quaint-bodied and very adaptable to most environments.
Type: Companion Dog
but the undercoat can be slightly lighter. Outside the USA other solid colors
are permissible. The FCI allows for chocolate, sable, or cream as well.
Schipperkes are alert, loyal, and curious. They are perky and attentive. Alert
and watchful, the Schipperke makes an excellent watchdog. They are courageous.
Schipperkes are wary with strangers and naturally have tendencies that alarm
dogs have. They have instincts to hunt small animals, and are not good with
smaller pets. They get along well with children as long as they are socialized.
Schipperkes are affectionate with family and friends. They have great endurance,
and are highly adaptable to different environments.
Watch-dog: High. Nothing
escapes their attention.
Care and Training:
Comb or brush a Schipperkes coat regularly with a firm bristle brush, dry
shampoo when necessary. They do not require much coat care, as they are catlike
in their cleanliness. Exercise should consist of a daily walk and free play
in a yard or park. Training must begin early as Schipperkes are intelligent,
curious and stubborn and do not like to come when they are called.
Activity: Medium - High.
Health Issues: Hypothyroidism, epilepsy, Legg-Perthes disease, hip dysplasia and hip sockets which tend to slip.
Life Span: 16 - 18 years.
This is a long lived breed.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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