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Short History of the BreedSchipperkes originated in Belgium, and a lot of written history suggest that they were bred to guard the barges on the canals and that their name should mean "Little Skipper". Futher research has revealed that the name actually should mean "Little Shepherd" and that they originally was bred as an small allround dog to help at the farms because the Belgians were not allowed to keep bigger dogs by the Spanish ruler.
Physical Description and Size15-20 pounds is normal, although smaller sometimes happens. Females are small than males. They are all black with a foxy face and usually the tails are docked at birth.
TemperamentThese are big dogs in a small dogs' body. They are quick witted, very busy and sometimes described as "well rested two year olds. They are very curious and want to be wherever you are at all times. Sometimes willful and can be difficult to housebreak.
Dog Care(exercise, grooming, diet)
These dogs require little grooming. They need exercise, but because of their small size can be a good apartment dog with regular walks.
Health Issues and Life ExpectancySchipperkes are long lived and have few health issues. With good care 12 -15 is the norm and dogs sometimes live until their late teens.
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The Short History of the Breed is intriguing for me.
I have a schipperke and have doubled the breed name comes from "Little Skpper." My schip hates to get wet. When he walks by a river or on seashore, he tries keeping a distance from the water's edge as much as possible. Most of schipperkes I know hate to get wet either. It's natural I cannot believe the remark telling the schipperke worked as the guard of barges.
The remark the name comes from “Little Shepherd” sounds true much. It shapes like a shepherd - if it has a tail. But the character… No herding disposition. I have some chances to see a half dozen to more than a dozen of schipperkes at a time. The only action they are in harmony is to bark.
I would like to get more information about the origin of the schipperke. Would you tell me the source of the information?
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