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He stands about one foot tall and looks like a bundle of fluff, but the Schipperke is no lapdog. Bred as a ratter and watchdog, this little Belgian dog is playful, clever, independent and energetic. In fact, he's the very definition of a small dog with a big personality.

1. When he's not hard at work hunting down vermin or serving as the protector of his family, he's a high-spirited and mischievous playmate.
 

 

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2. Training a Schipperke can be a challenge; he's got an independent and willful personality. But he does well at sports like agility, which also channels his energy.
 

 

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3. Fans of the breed will tell you that Schipperkes have a tendency to stand on their hind legs…a lot. And sometimes for minutes on end.
 

 

4. He's got a goofy side and can be the family comedian.
 

 

5. He'll want to “help” you with your tasks.
 

 

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6. Given his natural curiosity and hunting instinct, Schips can be notorious escape artists. Give him plenty of room to run and lots of exercise, but always in a secure area.
 

 

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7. This uniquely beautiful dog will give you a lifetime of devotion, with never a dull moment.
 

 

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