Male: 11-13; Female: 10-12 inches
A high spirited and energetic breed, the Schipperke is somewhat protective. Very loyal and devoted to his master, this alert little fellow will protect his territory. This breed barks at the sight of strangers, and loves to howl.
Average intelligence makes this breed difficult to housebreak but with consistent training, this breed will thrive. Very self-confident and alert, this breed forms a strong bond with his family. Used for watch dogging at times, the Schipperke was originally created to hunt vermin. Hunting instincts may be present.
An energetic and jolly breed, this dog will protect his home and family from intruders. Does great in a home with children, but should be socialized as a pup around other animals as they can be territorial. Barking at the sight of intruders, two-legged or four-legged, this breed is great for alert purposes.
Combing or brushing with a firm bristle brush should be sufficient for this clean breed. Usually done on its own, dry shampooing is recommended only when necessary. Sheds heavily, also known as "blows" the coat up to three times per year. Dropping the undercoat, this breed requires much maintenance during this period.
Slightly harsh and straight, the Schipperke has a distinct ruff around the neck. Thick double coat should be harsh to the touch while Undercoat should be soft and dense giving the appearance of a mane.
The Schipperke requires firm yet gentle and consistent training. A very alert and energetic dog, this breed can be difficult to train as they have the tendency to lose interest fairly quickly. Given the proper training methods, and sometimes obedience classes, this breed can be very well mannered and polite.
A fenced yard would be best for this high-energy breed, but will do well in apartment life. The Schipperke loves to run and is tireless, so they do require regular walks and play times, preferably off lead in a yard or park.
Help reduce the number of Schipperke puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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