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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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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.
12-16 lbs
Male: 11-13; Female: 10-12 inches
Solid Black
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Schipperke puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Schipperke varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Schipperke puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Schipperkes sold is $1,400.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Schipperke with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,400 upwards to $4,700 or even more for a Schipperke with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Schipperkes sold is $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,400.00
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $1,400.00 to $4,700.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 709 Schipperke puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Schipperke puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Schipperkes true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Schipperke Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 709 Schipperke dogs.
  • 1. Pepper
  • 2. Bear
  • 3. Captain
  • 4. Shadow
  • 5. Smokey
  • 6. Cole
  • 7. Ebany
  • 8. Coal
  • 9. Harley
  • 10. Jojo
  • 11. King
  • 12. Licorice
  • 13. Little Boy
  • 14. Little Girl
  • 15. Molly
  • 16. Dixie
  • 17. Halo
  • 18. Nike
  • 19. Pepsi
  • 20. Phantom

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Member Since: May 2007
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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We take pride in being able to provide people with a loving companion to bring them years of enjoyment. It gives us great pleasure in knowing that we have been able to help you find that new special family member. We are a small kennel in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. We are a state and USDA licensed kennel. We raise Mini Dachshunds, Shiba Inu's, Schipperke and Rat Terriers and we are sure you will find that new found friend here at our kennel. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Anonymous asked:
What is the normal life expectancy of the Schipperke breed? I just lost my little male today. His hips gave out but he would not quit. He was 18 years old and had the best life of any dog. He was my best friend and my hero after killing a rat twice his size in our old country home. He slept with me and would rub up and down my back giving me back rubs. I am lost without him and wish to acquire another one.



I'm sorry to hear about your little boy. It is never easy to lose the ones we love, especially when they are our best friends. The average life span of the Schipperke breed is 13 - 16 years. Your boy getting all the way to 18 was really amazing and a testament to his linage and the effort put into his breeding.


I know what you mean about losing your beloved pet, we lost ours this past July and he was 17 years old. He fought right up until the end, he was happy and started having seizures the day he died, I told him everything was okay and that I loved him, I placed him in his bed and he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

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How well does the Schipperke breed of dog get along with other breeds?



The Schipperke is not a breed of dog that is well known for it's dog-on-dog social positivity. This breed unless well socialized as a puppy tends to be dog aggressive and quite barky at other dogs. They need a firm, but gentle owner that sets clear boundaries and works on proper socialization and positive interactions with other dogs from a young age.


I had a Skipper 1st, then got a Sheltie after that, a year or so later a Shepherd. Sadie, the Skipper, got along fine but was always the alpha right up till she passed at 16 plus.

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I had a Skipper, when young. Born tailless, was told SMARTER AND MORE LOYAL than one born w/tail then docked. Any thoughts?



There is no difference to the dog if the dog is naturally bob-tailed or has its tail docked at birth.


Schips naturally have several sorts of tails. The type of tail has absolutely no relationship to how smart or loyal the dog is.

Anonymous asked:
Do Schipperke's have black spots on their tongue?



The Schipperke breed does not normally have black spots on their tongues, but it can happen. But it is uncommon.


I raised Schipperkes for 20 years. Yes they do often have black in their gums. Also on the roof of their mouths. I do not remember black spots on their tongues.


I also raised Schips for about 20 years. Black gums. Black roof of the mouth. Black skin around the eyes. Don't remember black spots on tongue.


My Schipperke had a black spot on his tongue, not on top, but on the other side.

Anonymous asked:
I have problems with rats at our condo in Marco and in Goodland, Fl. Presently the men live trap then drown the creatures. Would this breed acclimate to the situation?



In no way should you get a puppy or dog that could be injured or get into a live-trap. I would suggest getting a cat to control the rat problem or contact an exterminator. Then when the problem is gone and the traps are gone; a pup should do just fine going back and forth from one home to another. As long as the pup is properly crate trained and has the same smelling items at both houses that you bring along with the pup.


I don't know if its an old wise tale that they used to be used on ships to control rats but mine, due to living next to open fields, would regularly catch them and leave them at my door almost to say, look what I did.

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Updated: 1/24/2022