The Schipperke Dog Breed
Are you considering buying or adopting a Schipperke? It is always a good idea to learn as much as possible about any type of breed before buying or adopting it. Then you can be assured that you have the best breed for you and that you are ready for it.
They are an attractive little breed that originated in Belgium in the 16th century. They originally worked as barge dogs guarding the boats and hunting rats.
The Schipperke is among the Non Sporting Dog Breeds but has many characteristics of a Terrier, as you will see in the section about their personality.
Personality and Attitude
This little breed has lots of energy and a great sense of adventure. They are smart and like a good challenge. They are affectionate towards their owners but are reserved and unsure with strangers. For this reason they do make a good watch dog. Because of their energy level they require a good walk daily and some mental stimulation as well. Otherwise they can become destructive (most dogs are "bad" if they do not get enough exercise and playtime).
Overall this dog is not too hard to train and do well with other pets.
Size and appearance
This is a small breed of dog standing 10 to 13 inches tall and weighing between 12 and 16 pounds. They are almost always black and have a harsh, straight coat of fur. Their coats are a thick double coat that should be brushed weekly - nothing to difficult. The coat is especially thick around the neck giving an appearance of having a maine
Their face looks very much like a fox. They have small eyes and small ears that are erect and set high on the head.
Where to get a Schipperke?
There are lots of rescue groups for this breed so I recommend starting there. Of course a breeder is a fine option too. But why not save a dog that has encountered some misfortune and is waiting for a good home in a rescue. The Rescue group is bound to be able to match you to an appropriate dog.
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