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Schipperke

Schipperke

Confident and Self-Reliant

Bold, Busy, Independent

Schipperkes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Schipperkes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Schipperke and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:10-13" Weight:10-16 lbs Lifespan:13-16 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
1

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: A Schipperke is highly active indoors and is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. She can have a high prey drive and should only be off leash in a safely fenced area. She is an athletic dog that excels at dog sports like agility, herding, and rally.

Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. She tends to shed heavily twice a year and will need daily brushing during this time.

Dental: Schipperkes often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Mischief is her middle name and she will surely keep you on your toes! A natural watchdog, a Schipperke always knows what is going on around her.

Positive Traits:

  • Alert, curious, and busy

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • Protective of family: good watch dog

  • Confident and self-reliant

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

Negative Traits:

  • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

  • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

  • Can be snappy when nervous

  • Suspicious of strangers

Whether you are considering adding a new Schipperke to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Schipperke will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Schipperke you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Schipperke could encounter:

Diabetes

Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Blindness

Knee Problems

The Schipperke originated in Belgium in the 1600’s and was bred as a guard dog for tradesmen and barge captains. They were given their name, which means little captain in Flemish, because they were well known on the barges for their guarding and ratting services. 

Schipperkes are highly active and bold with a willful nature. They require a strong leader, or they can become dominate and destructive. Schips are lively, joyful dogs that tend to form strong bonds with their family. The Schipperke is devoted, loyal, and kind with children; an excellent family pet. The Schipperke is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-16 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Schipperke shows signs of the following:

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

  • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

  • Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: A Schipperke is highly active indoors and is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. She can have a high prey drive and should only be off leash in a safely fenced area. She is an athletic dog that excels at dog sports like agility, herding, and rally.

    Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. She tends to shed heavily twice a year and will need daily brushing during this time.

    Dental: Schipperkes often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Mischief is her middle name and she will surely keep you on your toes! A natural watchdog, a Schipperke always knows what is going on around her.

    Positive Traits:

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    • Confident and self-reliant

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

    Negative Traits:

    • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Can be snappy when nervous

    • Suspicious of strangers

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Schipperke to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Schipperke will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Schipperke you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Schipperke could encounter:

    Diabetes

    Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Blindness

    Knee Problems

  • History

    The Schipperke originated in Belgium in the 1600’s and was bred as a guard dog for tradesmen and barge captains. They were given their name, which means little captain in Flemish, because they were well known on the barges for their guarding and ratting services. 

    Schipperkes are highly active and bold with a willful nature. They require a strong leader, or they can become dominate and destructive. Schips are lively, joyful dogs that tend to form strong bonds with their family. The Schipperke is devoted, loyal, and kind with children; an excellent family pet. The Schipperke is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-16 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Schipperke shows signs of the following:

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

    • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

    • Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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