Schipperkes are robust, hardy dogs often nicknamed LBD, for the little black devil. They’re fearless and devoted, always on guard to protect their family from harm. The Shipperke’s small size and easycare coat are attractive qualities, but their intelligence and curiosity can lead them into trouble.
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In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Schipperke that you might not know.
A Quick Overview: Group: Companion Dogs Weight: 11 to 18 pounds Height: 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder Life Expectancy: 13 15 years
Schipperkes are beautiful small black dogs with pricked ears and a coat that gives the impression of a sloped back. They're known for their beauty and feisty nature. Beware if you think he's simply a sweet little companion dog; the Schipperke has the "small dog...big personality" persona down pat. In 1882, a writer in the breed's homeland of Belgium described the Schipperke as "a little allblack devil, but minus the cloven hoof and the tail." He's changed little since then.
The loyal and intelligent Schipperke originated in Belgium as a small version of a black Belgian sheepdog known as the Leauvenaar. The name Schipperke is thought to have come from a word meaning "little shepherd," but the dogs were best known for guarding the boats that plied the canals between Brussels and Antwerp. Shoemakers and other tradesmen kept them for their ratting abilities.
Today the Schipperke is a companion who captains his family in much the same way as he once led canal boats. Always alert, he patrols his home and property, barking warnings as needed and seeking out and destroying any mice, squirrels, or other vermin that dare invade his space. He wants to be involved in all family activities and loves children of all ages, playing pattycake and smiling all the while. He's protective of and devoted to his people and can be aloof toward strangers until he decides they're okay.
The Schipperke's size and easycare coat are popular characteristics. He doesn't shed excessively, except for seasonal heavy sheds once or twice a year. Weekly brushing keeps his coat clean and free of dead hair.
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