The Schipperke is an agile, faithful, and confident breed. These playful guys will bark often because they feel it’s their job to protect their loved ones and alert them to any possible threat. With training, the barking can lessen, but these dogs will continue to bark frequently. Schipperkes do not do well with other non-canine pets in the household as they are prone to chase anything and everything they view as prey. A Schipperke would be a good fit for an experienced dog owner looking for an energetic pal to share their life with!
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Schipperke’s name in Dutch means “Little Skipper!”
2. This dog is one with an extensive history, with evidence of existence dating back as far as the 16th century.
3. Though the Schipperke looks very much like a spitz breed, it is actually classified as a small shepherd in it’s home country of Belgium.
4. The average life span of a Schipperke is about 12-15 years old.
5. The only color that a Schipperke can come in is black.
6. Known for the bold personalities and sometimes mischievous behavior, the Schipperke is nicknamed the “Tasmanian black devil.”
7. These dogs were instrumental in World War II, were they were used by Belgium to carry messages between various resistance hideouts and cells.
8. Though these dogs now weigh around 6-19 lbs on average, their ancestry dates back to a 40 lb dog called the Leauvenaar.
9. If you’ve seen the movie Two Brothers, you’ve seen a Schipperke on the big screen! This movie, primarily about tigers, features a Schipperke throughout the film.
10. Despite their soft fluffy coats, the Schipperke has pretty basic grooming requirements. They shed often which can be helped by brushing them regularly, and it is recommended that you give them warm baths when their coats start to blow (this means they shed a lot 2-3 times a year depending on the changes in seasons).