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 a 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.
Today’s companion-bred Schipperkes are a bit mellower than their European forbears, but they still exhibit the age-old alertness, confidence, and cleverness. Schips also retain the ratting skills and sharp watchdog instincts prized by frugal Belgians looking for a great two-in-one dog. As a watchdog, they’re naturally wary around strangers. This is not to say that Schips are all work and no play: Their mischievousness and independent spirit make them endearing comedians. Schipperkes are robustly healthy, long-lived pets for whom there’s never a dull moment.
Did You Know?
The Schipperke is not derived from the Spitz or Pomeranian but is in fact a diminutive version of the black sheepdog commonly called the Leauvenaar, which used to follow the wagons along the Belgian provinces.
The Schipperke is known for his excellent watchdog abilities.
The Schipperke may claim the first known "specialty show" given for any breed, as in 1690 a show for Schipperkes of the Guild workmen in the Grand Palace of Brussels was held.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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|Black & Tan||018|
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