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If you are after a small dog that is adorable, fearless, and striking to look at, the Schipperke may be the breed for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Schipperke
The Schipperke, pronounced as “sheep-er-ker”, is also known as the “little captain” or the “little black devil” and they are a thickset, compact, and tailless dog. They stand from 10 to 13 inches tail at the shoulder and weigh around 8kg or a little more. The coat is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the breed being short, thick, and black in colour. The coat makes the body looks like it is sloping from the front to the rear due to the ruff around the neck.
The Schipperke Temperament
The Schipperke is an alert and curious dog that has the heart of a terrier. They are amenable, intelligent and faithful dogs that are intensely loyal to their family and distrusting of strangers. they are also very gentle with children. The Schipperke is a watchdog so don’t be surprised if they raise the alarm when people are passing by, or the doorbell rings. Because they are such an inquisitive and rascally breed, you may need to keep an eye on them to protect them from harm. They also require training from a young age.
Caring for a Schipperke
The Schipperke is a low maintenance dog breed that requires little more than the occasional brushing or combing and a bath when it is required. The dog’s nails do need to be regularly clipped in order to keep them short. Be aware that some Schipperkes can suffer from skin allergies due to preservatives, red meat, fleas and some creepers. If this is the case for your dog, you will need to try and avoid the triggers as much as possible.
The Schipperke is a relatively healthy breed but you should always buy your dog from a reputable breeder to minimise the risk of getting a dog that suffers from hereditary problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, eye problems, and hip dysplasia. They will live for 14 to 15 years or more.
Who is the Schipperke Suited To?
The Schipperke is a breed that is suited to families and to owners that are willing to train and exercise the dog. They do well in apartments provided that their activity levels are met.
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