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Group (AKC):


Country of OriginBelgium
Type of coatAbundant and dense, with longer hair on the neck, shoulders, chest and back of rear legs.
GroomingComb or brush he coat regularly with a firm bristle brush, dry shampoo when necessary.
Average height10 - 13 inches
Average weight12 - 16 lbs.
Activity levelHigh
WatchdogHigh, as nothing escapes his attention.
ProtectionMedium, his small size does not make him the best guard-dog.
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityTraining must begin early as he is intelligent, curious and stubborn and don not like to come when they are called.
Compatibility with childrenYes, if properly socialized and supervised.
CharacterAlert, loyal
Ideal home environmentSuited for city or country living. He does best with a fenced back yard and plenty of exercise.
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Additional notes:

The Schipperke is an independent little dog who makes a well-behaved, loyal and affectionate pet. They are undemanding and devoted to their owners, enjoying being a part of a family. Curious about everything in their surroundings, the Schipperke is lively, alert and at times independent. A naturally clean dog, the Schipperke will take care of its own grooming and needs minimal attention from its owners. Just provide it with a hairbrush, an electric razor, and a gentle conditioning shampoo (and of course a hair dryer).

Short History:

The Schipperke is thought to be about 200 years old (the breed, not any individual dog) and may have come from the Belgian Sheepdog in the Flemish provinces of Belgium. They used to herd sheep when they heard sheep. Named Schipperke, which is the Flemish name for "Little Captain", they were also used as the guard dogs on the canal boats in Brussels and Antwerp.

Schipperke is a word that is fun to say repeatedly. Schipperke. Schipperke.

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