The Sweet and Sassy Schipperke!
Behavior common of the Schipperke
The Schipperke is known for being one of the most curious dog breeds around. They are constantly looking into things, exploring and getting into mischief. For this reason, it is best to have this dog well supervised both indoors and outdoors. Leaving this dog alone for long periods of time can only lead to problems and destruction, so they are better off in a household where there is a person around the home much of the time. This dog wants to be in on all the family activities, from going for a run, to playing to lounging around on the couch. They love playing with children and will even give the kids a run for their money as far as energy levels.
The Schipperke is a very active dog despite being small in stature. They need to be able to get out and run and should go on walks several times a day if possible. Having a dog like this requires a time commitment, so be prepared to put time and not leave the dog alone for a long time. They can adapt well to apartment life as long as they are exercised properly.
The Schipperke can be tough to train, but with some effort you can have success. Keep training sessions short because they will get bored easily and want to do something else. They are also excellent watchdogs, so much so that they will bark very often when they hear something or see someone. Socialization at an early age can help with this and help the dog to learn who is okay and who is a stranger to bark at.
Appearance of the Schipperke
The appearance of the Schipperke is very unique. It is a small dog with the face of a fox. The unique thing about the dog is that it has no tail. Schipperkes only have one color coat for the entire breed. They are all black in color. They have small eyes, pointed ears and what looks like a constant mischievous grin on their faces. Most of the breed is only ten to thirteen inches in height and they normally weigh eighteen pounds or less, depending on the size of the dog. They have a double coat that is very short on the face and on the legs and then what looks like a cape across their chest and back. The backs of their legs also have thick hair, making the different lengths of hair on the body make the dog look very different.
Grooming you Schipperke
The coat of the Schipperke, since it is so dense, will need some grooming attention. You should brush the coat several times a week to help prevent tangles and mats and to cut back on any shedding. A Schipperke will shed its entire undercoat twice a year in order to make room for new hair to grow. When this happens, you will need to brush your dog every day. You can also give your dog a warm bath during this period as it will help to release the hair from the body.
History of the Schipperke
The Schipperke can be traced back to origins in Belgium back in the 1600s. It was originally bred to be a watchdog and a faithful companion. They have long been a favorite watch dog of farmers and even of those canal boat operators in Europe. The dog remains popular in that area of the world.