The Schipperke is a loyal pet. Here is your informative A-list of Schipperke. The Schipperke Dog is also known as Spitzke, Spits or Spitske. The nickname of Schipperke is Little Captain or Little Skipper. This Schipperke dog breed was originated from Belgium in the 19th century. They were descended from the Black Belgian Sheepdog called Leauvenaar. The Belgium canal boat captain bred this dog breed for keep rats away and or guard canal boats. The dog name “Schip” means boat in Flemish (Belgium language). In the late 1800s, Schipperke Dogs became popular house pet in Belgium. They were recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904. Today, Schipperke is a great companion pet for family.

Facts about Schipperke

  • Temperament – The Schipperke is active, alert, confident, curious, determined, energetic, intelligent, independent, mischievous, quick and sweet. They are devoted to family and they are excelling agility training, flyball activities or tracking. They have strong protective instincts and they tend to howl or bark. They are a good watch dog. Schipperke Dogs can get along with children or other pets. Early socialization and obedience training is recommended for Schipperke puppies. Do not leave them alone for long hours, it will develop small dog syndrome.
  • Appearance – The Schipperke has a small-sized body. They have a fox-like appearance. They have a wedged-shaped head and they come with a pair of small oval-shaped dark brown eyes. The erect ears are small and the nose is black color. The chest is broad and the ribs are well sprung. The medium long neck is slightly arched and they have a long muzzle. The teeth close in a scissors bite or level bite. They have short legs and the feet are round. They are usually tailless. The Schipperke has a double coat. The shorter hair can be found on ears, face, front of the forelegs and the hocks. A thick ruff covers around the neck. The outer coat is harsh whereas the under coat is soft.

Here are some Schipperke pictures

Schipperke Breed Information

Size Small
Height 21 – 33 cm (male and female)
Weight 5 – 8 kg (male and female)
Colour Solid black
Group Non-sporting Breed Dog
Life Span 15 -17 years
Litter Size Average 3 – 7 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed. Let them play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Brush with firm bristle regularly. This dog breed is a heavy shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average

The common health issue for Schipperke is prone to hip dysplasia or Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

Here is a list of cute dog names for your Schipperke puppy.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may look for Schipperke puppies adoption from Schipperke rescue or look Schipperke Puppies for sale from Schipperke breeders.