A versatile and devoted family companion, the Schipperke is precisely attentive, lively, energetic and playful breed. It holds all favorable characteristics of a very tremendous family mate. They tend to work with family members and keen to achieve a prominent position in the house. They want to be involved and witness all activities in the home. They are very soft with family members, caring to children and harmless to other pets. They are classified as extensive barkers and need training to reduce this tendency. They are of small size and will be comfortable with apartment livings too.
Schipperke dogs are compact, smart and small-sized dog, with features of a larger dog breeds. The body structure is healthy, equal in length and height, a little slope appearance from shoulders to rump. Its double coat is interesting and distinctive with a collar seeming hair lane around the neck; the appearance is further augmented by inquiring glance, fox-like face and somewhat naughty expressions. The pace is gorgeous, easygoing with good approach and drive. The breed is ideally structured to catch small insects and vermin, suitable for watchdog applications as well.
The breed belongs to central Belgium, and was only active breed of housedog in the country. The dog had an award of honor as the national dog of the Belgium as well. The real popularity and demand of the dog shouted high due to adaption of Schipperke by Queen Marie Henriette in 1885, she got the dog after witnessing a dog show, people noticed the dog with royal family and got crazy for. The breeders cashed the interest and tendency of the elite and soon the dog achieved the symbol of status. The breed was also being transported to England causing a short fall, whereas the breed achieved its fame as a new fashion trend throughout the England. In Belgium, more breeds were introduced to peoples to satisfy their requirements and caused extinct of Schipperke breed. A group of devoted breeders of Belgian took the responsibility to protect the breed as original in late 1880s. The breed has been introduced to America and heading towards popularity and interest of locals. The breed has proved very devoted and loyal family companion.
The breed possesses all required qualities to be a watchdog to family. The Schipperke dogs are very cooperative indoors and enjoy playing with family members, behaves very polite to children and soft to other pets. They are cheerful, tricky and full of amusement. They need the attention of all family, otherwise they are capable to be noticed their self by their mischievous and interesting activities. Outdoors, these dogs are very attentive and investigators to suspicious and explorer till the logical end of search. The extraordinary sense of odd smell, sound and movements make them inquiring about everything in surrounds. The breed had served old fishermen as trip companion as well as guard dog for their boats; this is what the name Schipperke means “a little captain" was derived. They exactly proved all times and all ages companions of the human.
They play with children till the children get tired, they care children during play as well as off-hours. Owner can teach and train to follow the commands to stay calm and quiet. They are well with other pets, however non-canine pet are at danger of being chase and hunt. Socialization in early age is mandatory if you intend to keep cat, hamster or rabbits in the home. Training may get difficult during introduction of strangers and other animals, plan firm and consistent training with commitment and patience. They can be trained to any degree of obedience.
Owner Should Know
The life span of Schipperke is around 15 years, you need to committed for this life period.
The Schipperke dogs are independent minded breed, not suitable for new dog owners.
They go quite well in apartment livings as well, take two or three round of walks or running to satisfy its exercise requirements.
They shed twice a year, weekly brushing is enough to keep up grooming.
Patience is paramount during training, further dog need a dominating owner to be controlled positively.
They are curious to strangers, therefore are excellent watchdogs.
They need a lively family which shares joyful events with them, leaving alone may introduce some separation anxiety.
They are more barkers and need training to control the amount.
Seek for reputed and trusted breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.