Schipperke

History/Evolution:

It’s possible that this bold dog originated in Belgium, a smaller version of a black Belgian Sheepdog. Schipperke dogs worked as watchdogs and ratters on river barges, where the breed likely got the name Schipperke, after the Flemish word schip, meaning “boat.” Known for its mischievous expression, bold nature, and watchdog qualities, the Schipperke does well with supervision and training. Enjoys conformation, agility, and obedience competitions.


Size:

Small; females 10 to 12 inches, males 11 to 13 inches; less than 18 pounds.

Color:

Black.

Temperament:

Active, confident, curious. Interested in everything, faithful watchdog; protective, reserved with strangers. May bark.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active owner with time for training.

Needs:

Daily exercise, mental challenges, leash, fenced yard, patient housetraining, air conditioning, weekly brushing (more during sheds).

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.