Thinking about purchasing an Schipperke? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Schipperke breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Schipperke owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Schipperke and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Schipperke Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Schipperke and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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
9 - 12 inches; Males: 11 - 13 inches.
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.
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.
Schipperke 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.
Schipperke 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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