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Schipperke Dog & Puppies

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Breed Origins: Belgium ( 1600's )
Breed usage: Barge watch dog, watchdog and ratter
Dog Weight: 12- 16 Pounds
Dog Height: 10to 13 inches to the shoulder
Cost of Puppies: Cost of puppies varies depending on location, breeder and pedigree history

Information, Facts & Origins of the Schipperke Dog
The Schipperke originates  from Belgium and was bred originally as a barge watchdog, ratter and as a performer. It's origins can be dated back to the 1600's. The Schipperke is so named as it is the Flemish name for "Little Captain". This dog is classified as one of the Non-Sporting Dog Group which we go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this page. The Schipperke was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1904. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is sometimes mis-spelt as Shipperke, Schiperke and Shiperke.

Schipperke Dog Names

Description of the Schipperke Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours information
The Schipperke's coat is normally a shade of Black, but the undercoat can be slightly lighter. The coat is normally abundant and dense, with longer hair on the neck, shoulders and chest.

Dog Health information - potential health problems of the Schipperkes
All owners of dogs and puppies are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog health problems, including those of the Schipperke, can prove to be costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors, or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears, Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune & Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health problems of the Schipperke may be checked via the Dog Symptoms Sorter, but can include:

  • Hip Dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints)
  • Epilepsy

Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
Please click the following link for additional information which we have provided via our:

Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems

This describes the most common canine health problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. A section on Dog and Puppy Vaccinations is also included offering information on each of the diseases, symptoms and effects for which immunization vaccines are available. Not sure of the name of the dog or puppy illness? A Dog Illness Symptoms Sorter is also featured. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional.

Information on Grooming and Care of the Schipperke Dog Breed
The Schipperke requires weekly care and grooming. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best. Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially important in puppies and older Schipperke dogs.

Life Expectancy information of the Schipperke Dog Breed
The life expectancy for this particular breed is 13 15 years.

Age comparison between the Schipperke Dog Breed and a Human
Age comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.

The Pictures reflect the Size of Adults - not Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an accurate portrait of the size of an average Schipperke - essential information but unique to this site. It should also be noted that the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan " A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will suit the life and living conditions of the family.

Schipperke Dog Breed - Puppies Info and Names
The Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that the following considerations should always be taken into account when choosing puppies:

  • Budget - Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding costs of the breed
  • Convenience and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
  • Personal situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or back pain
  • Exercising requirements for the Schipperke breed
  • Living Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
  • Family - child suitability
  • Puppy and Dog Names - The Importance of choosing the right names

Non-Sporting Dog Breed Information
Dogs in the Non-Sporting Group are a diverse group which do not fit the specified criteria of the other breed groups. In addition, the Non-Sporting Group may no longer perform the tasks they were originally bred for. 
These dogs vary in every conceivable way from size, temperament, features and coats! Some are well known and some are less common. There is no unifying theme with these dogs! Times, fashions and societies have changed and so have the need for breeds to assist in what was once considered entertainment, or sport, such as bull or bear baiting.

Non-Sporting Breed Past Duties
The characteristics and features of Non-Sporting Dogs cannot be generalised. Each breed would have originally have been introduced and strengthened by breeding with animals who already demonstrated the desired traits. Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century. Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits helpful for the duties they were intended for.  Because of the diverse nature of these breeds it is not possible to detail every task they were involved with but here are a few:

  • Hunting game birds - the Finnish Spitz
  • Hunting waterfowl
  • Hunting small game - the Shiba
  • Truffle hunter - the Poodle
  • Bull Baiting - the English Bulldog
  • Coach Dog - the Dalmatian
  • Circus Performers
  • Guarding duties

In this day and age only a few of the breeds might undertake these tasks, but nevertheless, they still harbour the skills and characteristics that made the original breeding programs so successful.These dogs generally fall into the medium to large size groups and make popular family companions.

More Info & History about the Spitz Dog Group
Spitz dogs are characterized by a wolf-like appearance with a high carried tail which in the canine world normally signals dominant status. The term Spitz translates as Sharp Point and refers to the pointed muzzle which is characteristic of the breed. Most of the Spitz-type breeds were developed thousands of years ago in the colder northern parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. As the Spitz travelled to other countries, it was given a new title reflecting its new country. The following dogs, which are included in the Spitz breeds, have also been featured on this web site and can be accessed via the Dog Breeds ABC List at the bottom of this page.

Alaskan Husky
Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Malamute
American Eskimo
Canadian Eskimo Dog

Chinese Foo Dog
Chow Chow
Finnish Spitz
German Spitz
Japanese Spitz

Norwegian Elkhound
Shiba Inu
Siberian Husky

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