Schipperke Dog Description
While the acceptable coat color for this breed is black, some countries will accept tan or fawn as well. The body of the Schipperke should be short, and it must have the shape of a square. These dogs have wide chests, and their head has the shape of a wedge and will resemble a fox. The Schipperke will have a sharp muzzle, and the eyes must have an oval shape with a dark brown color. While some of these dogs may be born with a tail, the will almost always be docked.
Schipperkes are small dogs that in some ways resemble German Shepherd Dogs. Most of these dogs are black but some other solid colored dogs also exist. The hair on the heads of these dogs is smooth and stands erect on the rest of their bodies. These dogs are often born without having a tail and if one is present it is typically docked within a few days after birth. Schipperkes have short, compact bodies with squared shoulders. Their heads are shaped like a fox’s: they are wedge shaped with a pointed nose. These dogs often show expressions of mischievousness, doubt, and alertness. Male dogs are typically 10-13 inches (25-33 cm) tall and weigh 12-16 pounds (5-7 kg). Females are slightly smaller at 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) tall and weighing 10-14 pounds (5-6 kg).
These dogs are brave, curious, and energetic and think of themselves as big dogs in little dogs' bodies. They can be hot-tempered, protective, and highly confident.
Schipperkes make very loyal and loving pets and are especially good around children. They are leery of strangers and sometimes seem to have a snooty attitude around them. As watchdogs, they are very protective of their families and their domains and will defend them against any type of intruder be it man or beast. For the most part, Schipperkes are easy to train and are eager to learn. This is a healthy and hardy breed that is not susceptible to many illnesses. Some dogs may have hip dysplasia, common eye diseases, or mild skin diseases. They typically live to be around 15 years old and some dogs may live longer.
Schipperkes keep themselves fairly clean and require minimal grooming upkeep from their owners. These dogs have medium length, thick coats that should be combed or brushed on a regular basis. Dry shampoo treatments may also be used when necessary.
Active and always alert, this breed is happy to live in an apartment, condominium, or home in an urban or rural setting. They can run very quickly so using a leash or letting them run in a fenced yard is recommended. They enjoy running, walking, and playing and given the opportunity these dogs will get plenty of exercise from any of these activities. Schipperkes do very well on boats since and enjoy excursions on the water.
Originally, the Schipperke was bred and raised in Flanders by a canal boat captain named Renssens. The name Schipperke is pronounced as “skipper-key,” which is derived from a Flemish word. This breed’s ancestors may include Belgian Shepherd Dogs. Schipperkes became popular in Belgium in the late 1800s when they were used to guard barges and to keep rats and mice populations under control on these vessels. After that began to appear throughout the world. Today these dogs are mainly used as family pets and companions. The average cost of a Schipperke will depend on the dog’s bloodline and the availability of these dogs, but prospective owners can expect to pay around $400-500 on average.
Due to their size, the Schipperke is fast and active. It has the disposition of a large dog. It can be protective, and these dogs are known for their tempers. The Schipperke has a personality that displays confidence. While they are great with children, they will be cautious of people they are not familiar with. They will create a powerful bond with those that care for them. These dogs are brave and will fight hard to protect themselves or their owners. At the same time, the Schipperke is good with dogs, cats, and other pets. While they may be stubborn, consistent training will allow them to break these bad habits.
The Schipperke is a dog breed that suffers from a large number of health problems. Some of these include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cataracts, PRA, and a new disorder that is called MPS 111B. It is also important for owners to make sure this dog is not fed more food than it needs. The Schipperke has an average life expectancy of 15 years, but some have been known to live longer.
These dogs are highly energetic, and it may sometimes appear as if they have unlimited amounts of energy. Owners will want to make sure these dogs are given excessive amounts of exercise. They can exercise inside the home, and don’t need to have their own yard. At the same time, they will not scoff at being taken on long walks. The Schipperke is great for apartment dwellers.
Special Grooming Needs
These dogs are independent and can groom themselves. Owners will want to make sure the coat is brushed or combed consistently. The Schipperke can shed extensive amounts of fur within a short period of time.