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Breeds 101

Schipperke

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A Schipperke is a small Belgian breed of dog that originated in the early 16th century; This little barge captain’s exact origins are unknown, although it has been in existence for many centuries

Anatomically, it is a classic spitz-type dog and is probably related to other continental European spitzen such as the German Spitz and the Pomeranian. The Schipperke was bred in Flanders and it was descended from a 40-pound black sheepdog, known as the Leauvenaar; The Schipperke was bred smaller and smaller and eventually became a different breed entirely.

The Schipperke may be small, but it retains the personality of a street fighter; This package of energy once worked for its living on Flanders and Brabant canal barges, keeping them free from vermin and warning the bargemen of potential intruders.

The Schipperke became a favourite choice to guard canal barges in Belgium; The breed was used for herding livestock, hunting game or simply guarding his domain. The Schipperke was used on land, acting as an efficient rat, rabbit and mole hunter.

In World War II, the Belgian Resistance used this dogs to run messages between various resistance hideouts and cells, to which occupying Nazi Forces were none the wiser. Resilient and conveniently sized, it makes an ideal household companion.

Size:

Small: 10 to 13 inches, 12 to 18 pounds.

Alert, curious, self-confident; intense, quick, energetic little dog; it is very loyal, devoted, especially with children.

Energy level:

Medium.

Best owner:

Active owner because these dogs are very active; they are good for apartment life;

Needs:

They need to be taken on a daily, long walk or jog; they also enjoy play and getting a chance to run; this breed is very active indoors and will get a lot of its exercise running around your house; these dogs are incredibly quick and it is a good idea to have a fenced yard; Comb and brush regularly with a firm bristle brush; dry shampoo when necessary.

Life expectancy:

About 15 or more years.