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This extraordinary character is not a member of the Spitz family as so often thought, but rather the miniaturized descendent of farm dogs that the Belgian Groenendaal claims as ancestor as well.  The foxy Schipperke (which means little Captain) is renowned for its boxy look, intent devotion and fanatical work ethic.
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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 10-13 inches
Weight: 11-22 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: solid black Coat type: plush with varying lengths over the body including a ruff
Recognized Registries: AKC, FCI, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Cobby, agile, athletic, thickset solid black dog with prick ears, foxy face and no tail.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderately high
General Nature: happy, quick, Terrier like
  with Children: generally very good in appropriate circumstances of well behaved children
  with other pets: generally quite good unless viewed as prey
  with dogs: very good, these courageous dogs will make friends of canines large and small given fair opportunity
Socialization requirements: high; because of their watchdog tendencies and reservation with strangers, plenty of socializing will help them be comfortable in a wide variety of situations
Ideal home characteristics: one that appreciates a happy Schipperke will often not be an only pet, interested in finding interests to share with their dog and plenty of time to spend with their dog
Temperament Notes: curious, watchdog and vermin killer, reserved with strangers and can be protective; this tendency must be respected and addressed so that it does not get out of control
Training requirement: moderate; basic manners, heavy socializing at a minimum
Trainer notes:

Schipperkes, an individual described as curious, a pip, full of pep, sounds like a delightful companion and indeed he/she is.  On the other hand, their remarkable courage and loyalty can quickly get them into serious trouble as they will stand toe to toe with adversaries that clearly outmatch them.  As such, the friend of the Schipperke will take the time to learn to communicate with their dog and to socialize same so that situations will be less threatening and when or if a situation should arise, the communication is strong enough to get the Schip out of harm's way.  So, training that is playful, enthusiastic and with a focus on communication will always gain the interest and focus of the Schip over methods of compulsion.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1690
Country of Origin: Belgium
Original Function: watchdog, vermin killer
History: Used as guarddogs on canalboats in Flandres, although it was equally popular to other business owners and tradesmen. It became fashionable once Queen Marie Henriette chose one as a pet in 1885.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: undercoat is not pure black, coat incorrectly variable in length over body
Health Notes: epilepsy, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Schips?
  • What criteria do you set healthwise for your breeding stock?
  • What show or performance titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • How did you choose this particular breeding?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • What health issues do you see in the breed?
  • What health issues do you screen for?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What suggestions can you offer for socializing or training a Schip?
  • How do you prioritize your breeding program for type? health? temperament?
  • What do you consider to be correct Schipperke temperament?
Web Sites: - Central Rockies Schipperke Rescue, contact them for information on other rescues and dogs they have available as well as more information about Schipperkes

Other Resources
Breed standard: - Schipperke Club of America, use the menu in the left column to view the standard and other good information

Breeder Ethics: - Schipperke Club of America, use the menu in the left column to view the Code of Ethics and other good information

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