AKC PuppyFinder: Schipperke Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Alert, curious, confident; intense, but with a dash of mischief and impudence
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Energetic, busy little dogs, Schips love walking, playing, and exploring
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 11-13 inches (male), 10-12 inches (female)
  • Weight: 10-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
Breed Description
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With his profuse black coat, sturdy body, foxlike expression and natural ratting skills, there's a lot of attitude packed into the small stature of the Schipperke. These highly energetic, intense dogs thrive on work and physical activity, which is why they do so well in competition, including agility and obedience. A natural watchdog tendency may make them wary of strangers, but they also have a joyful, mischievous streak, which can make them both endearing and a bit of a handful, so obedience classes are a good idea for your Schipperke puppy.

History & Job
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Origin: Belgium

Year Recognized: 1904

Breed History & Job Description: Late medieval Belgium was the birthplace of the Schipperke (correctly pronounced “SHEEP-er-ker,” though many American owners say “SKIP-er-kee”). The breed earned its fame as shipboard exterminators on the canals that crisscrossed the Low Countries. The little black avenger of the Belgian dockyards was also a fearless watchdog on barges and in city shops. It was among the sailors and shopkeepers of Brussels and Antwerp that these quick, agile dogs earned the nickname “schipperke,” Flemish for “little captain.”

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Schipperkes are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. MPS IIIB is a newly recognized fatal disease that usually shows up by 2-4 years of age as balance problems. All breeders should have their breeding stock tested to identify carriers and help them make appropriate breeding decisions in order to eliminate the disease. Other problems that occasionally occur in Schipperkes include luxating patellas (slipping knee caps), Legg-Calve-Perthes (hip problems), eye problems, including hereditary cataracts, and thyroid problems, which often lead to skin and allergy problems. There are screening tests available for all of these conditions and breeders should be testing their breeding stock. Epilepsy is another health concern found in Schipperkes. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Schipperkes are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Schipperke Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.schipperkeclubofamerica.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 112
  • Breed Referral Contact: Charles Harris - 248-770-2038
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