At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 12 - 18 lbs.

Height: 10" - 13"

Life Span: 16 - 18 years


Also know as: Barge Dog

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Belgium

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: This breed dates back to the 17th Century in the Flemish provinces of Belgium. It descends from the black sheepdog "Leauvenaar." It was originally used to hunt vermin and was important to seafarers to catch rats. The breed was also used as a watchdog.

Temperament / Behavior
Bright, high-spirited, curious, independent, active, agile and stubborn. The Schipperke tend to be a territorial breed that loves to howl and bark at strangers. This dog can be difficult to train due to a short attention span. Obedience classes can be helpful.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Epilepsy; Legg-Perthes disease; hypothyroidism; hip dysplasia; cataracts; MPS111B (a new disease). Do not overfeed; prone to weight gain.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Schipperke requires little to moderate exercise. This breed will be a good apartment dog if provided with regular walks and runs. The ideal setting for this breed is a fenced yard.

Grooming: Weekly brushing needed for your Schipperke; more often during shedding time. Dry shampoo if necessary.


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