- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 4
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Schipperke
The Schipperke is an independent little dog who makes a well-behaved, loyal and affectionate pet. They are undemanding and devoted to their owner, enjoying being a part of the family. Curious about everything in their surroundings, the Schipperke is lively, alert and at times independent. They can be excellent watchdogs as well as excellent guards. Small as they are, they were once used for guarding canal boats in Europe. The Schipperke is watchful, courageous and perky. They are sharp, kind in nature and a joy to own. A naturally clean dog, Schipperkes will take care of their own grooming and need minimal attention from their owners. They are a small dog, covered in abundant, harsh, black fur. They have perky ears, and a short, thick body. They have a foxy expression. The tail is docked or, when natural, creates a thick plume. They are quaint-bodied and very adaptable to most environments.
Schipperkes are alert, loyal, and curious. They are perky and attentive. Alert and watchful, the Schipperke makes an excellent watchdog. They are courageous. Schipperkes are wary with strangers and naturally have tendencies that alarm dogs have. They have instincts to hunt small animals, and are not good with smaller pets. They get along well with children as long as they are socialized. Schipperkes are affectionate with family and friends. They have great endurance, and are highly adaptable to different environments.
Comb or brush a Schipperkes coat regularly with a firm bristle brush, dry shampoo when necessary. They do not require much coat care, as they are catlike in their cleanliness.
Hypothyroidism, epilepsy, Legg-Perthes disease, hip dysplasia and hip sockets which tend to slip.
Exercise should consist of a daily walk and free play in a yard or park. Training must begin early as Schipperkes are intelligent, curious and stubborn and do not like to come when they are called.
Learning Rate: High. Obedience - Low. Problem Solving - High.