The Schipperke is a small (7-20 lbs) breed that originated in Belgium. While there is some debate about the true purpose behind the breeding of these little dogs, throughout time they have earned themselves the nickname “Belgian Barge Dogs”. While traveling on barges, these feisty canines preformed a multitude of tasks including guarding the ship, hunting mice and rats and nipping at the horses heels to urge them to continue to pull the vessel.
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Schipperkes are extremely energetic, agile and playful. They thrive on all forms of activity. In order for this breed to be physically and mentally content, these little dogs need long daily walks plus lots of interactive playtime. Schipperkes are known to excel in agility, flyball, herding and other dog sports.
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Schipperkes are generally a breed that does well in households with children. They also are known to get along with cats as well as most other dogs.
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Schipperkes are a good choice for those who live in apartments, but still want an active little companion. If you are interested in this breed, make sure you have the time to devote to their physical and mental stimulation.
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Schipperke puppies are born with tails (like the puppy in the photo above). In the United States, tails are generally docked right after birth. In countries where docking is banned, the Schipperkes tail curls over its back.
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Schipperke puppies can be very mischievous and a complete handful! Crate training is recommended in order to keep them (and your belongings) safe from harm! Housebreaking may be a bit of a task with this breed, but with patience they will catch on. Schipperkes are very smart, it’s just a matter of being consistent and getting them to pay attention!
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Schipperkes are generally a very healthy breed, often living into the upper teen years! Care must be taken to keep them fit (obesity can wreak havoc on their joints and heart). However there is one serious genetic disorder that effects Schipperkes called MPS IIIB. Visit this site for more information.
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Schipperkes do shed and need weekly brushing in order to keep their coats well groomed. They loose their undercoat a few times a year, which can lead to increased amounts of hair loss.
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In the United States, black is the only recognized color for Schipperkes. However, in other countries multiple colors are acceptable ( black, brown, cream, white, and gray). This cream Schipperke in the photo above won Best Of Breed at Crufts.
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If you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a little dog in a small body, the Schipperke may be a great choice for you! Reputable breeders or breed rescues can help you with any other questions you may have!
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