The Schipperke

The Schipperke

The Schipperke, fondly called ‘skip’, is a dog that requires a great deal of attention. They love to be close to their family and cannot be left alone for long. If they get bored, everything in your house will be their chew toy. A nosy dog by nature, the Schipperke dogs love to explore and discover anything that catches their fancy. This makes them very good travel dogs. One of the few breeds that don’t get sick when on water, the Schipperke love an adventure of sorts, be it car rides or biking trips or sailing.

This sense of adventure is coupled with high energy levels that need to be expended on a daily basis; activity and stimulation is a must. The Schipperke breed love to frolic and run and chase small animals. They are quick to run and chase, so you might want to put them on a leash when outdoors. If you’re a jogger, they can make excellent companions.

Since they were originally bred to hunt and herd, they make excellent watchdogs and are very protective of their family. They’ll start barking at the slightest sound of an intrusion. With a tendency to bark and howl a little too much, they mean well and can be taught to control their excessive barking. Reserved around strangers, if taught to socialize with people outside of the family, they will gradually become more sociable and comfortable around guests.

The Schipperkes are easy to train and quick to learn. At times, you might experience some stubbornness from their side when you might want to adopt some interesting techniques to keep them interested in the training. A little difficult to housebreak, the Schipperke dogs get along well with pets their own size. If you have a smaller house pet, you might want to raise them together. Best suited for older children, they can make wonderful pets for children.

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

Identifying Features-

Average Weight-

12-16 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: none

– Minor concerns: Legg – Perthes

– Occasionally seen: entropion, distichiasis, PRA

– Suggested tests: none

– Life span: 13 – 15 years

– Grooming: Although the coat needs an occasional brushing, you might find yourself brushing the Schipperke every day, to catch all the dead fur before it falls all over the house.

 

History:

Developed in Belgium, as a working dog on river boats, the Schipperke has probably descended from Belgian sheepdogs and were bred to be guard dogs and hunt vermin. ‘Schipperke’ means “little captain” or “little shepherd”. Originally named the “Spitzke”, in 1988, the breed was officially called the Schipperke, which was when it was introduced to the United States.

The first Schipperke club was formed in 1905, but disbanded later during World War I as other breeds came into focus, sidelining the Schipperke. The club, was however, re-formed in 1929 and as of 2007, the Schipperke’s popularity ranks 86th out of 157 breeds.

 

 

 

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