Schipperke – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Companion Dogs
Height:
10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
11 to 18 pounds
Life Span:
13 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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The Schipperke, Belgium’s “little captain,” is the traditional barge dog of the Low Countries.

Curious, lively, and intense but mischievous, this little black dog is a robust, long-lived companion for whom there is never a dull moment.

Standing no higher than 13 inches, Schipperkes are small dogs built for hard work. Schips were created as ratters and watchdogs. Their powerful jaws, necks, and forequarters’coupled with stealthy, catlike hunting style’make them ideal rat-catching machines.

The black coat is profuse around the neck, shoulders, and legs, giving the breed a silhouette that accentuates a thick, substantial body. The foxy face completes the unique look of a unique breed.

If you can’t tell a Schipperke from an ordinary dog, you simply haven’t been paying attention.

Schipperkes have tons of energy and are super intelligent, so they hate to be bored-which means they’ll keep you active as well. Whether you’re running circles after them in the backyard or taking them for a high-energy stroll, the schipperke is sure to keep you on your toes.

The average schipperke puppy costs around $700, but schipperkes from top-tier breeders can cost in the thousands.

Schipperkes are intelligent, playful dogs who love tons of attention and play well with children and other pets. Learn more about this lovable little dog breed.