Schipperke Dog Breed Information
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.
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.
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.
Schipperke Health and Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Schipperke is around 13-15 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with these dogs. This includes thyroid problems, Legg-Perthes, cataracts, epilepsy, PRA, and entropion. The parents of the Schipperke puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.