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The Schipperke, a dog full of vitality and dynamism

The Schipperke is considered a miniature version of the Belgian Shepherd. Full of vitality and dynamism, it is the ideal companion for master athletes. The Schipperke is also patient with children, for whom it is the ideal guardian.

Characteristics of the Schipperke

He is tenderly nicknamed the little black devil, probably because of his zain black coat (devoid of white or other colored hairs), with thick fur that forms a mane under his throat and head. The Schipperke resembles the Belgian Shepherd except that it has no tail. However, he may have a stumpy tail or one that is just very short. Despite its small size, this dog has a muscular and structured body. He measures between 25 and 33 cm and weighs between 3 and 7 kg. Very elegant, the outline of the body fits into a square. The head reminds us of a fox. You will have understood it. The Schipperke develops a broad and slightly rounded forehead without forgetting the tapered muzzle. The ears are mobile, triangular, erect and turned forward. As for the eyes, they reveal a mischievous expression and are almond-shaped with a brown color.

History of the Schipperke breed

The Schipperke comes from Belgium. He would have the same ancestors as the Belgian Shepherd, called the Leuvenaar or dog of Leuven, which like him, was small and also wore a black dress. This breed is old since it would exist since the 15th century. The Schipperke was the favorite dog of the Brussels' savourers who adorned it with copper collars chiselled during the parades. In addition, the dog was used for hunting rodents. In 1888, the Royal Schipperkes-Club was created in honor of the breed.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Schipperke

Rustic dog, the Schipperke is both useful for company and guard. It is an active and playful animal that breathes the joy of life. It is very attached to its master and also develops a lot of sociability. Because it is small, it can accompany its masters everywhere, in the country as well as in the city. It is an animal that greatly appreciates children with whom it can play non-stop. It is both gentle and lively towards them. Good guardian, it is faithful to its masters. As a bonus: it can live with other animals except perhaps rodents. Let's not forget that he is an ex-hunter of rats, moles or mice. In addition, since he is also a sheepdog, he needs to exercise himself. A sporting master is more suitable for him.

Diet and main health problems of the Schipperke

The Schipperke can live between 12 and 15 years and is a robust animal. However, there are a few problems to watch out for, particularly related to the skin and teeth. Indeed, oligodontia which is defined by a lack of teeth can affect it. It will also be necessary to pay attention to the follicular dysplasia of black hairs, a skin disease manifested by a loss of hair.