Owing its name to the Flemish word ‘Schipperke’, which means ‘Little Skipper’, the breed has an enduring history of over 200 years. Originally developed in Flanders, Belgium, the dog breed is believed to be the successor of the Belgian Sheepdog. Earlier used for guarding purposes, the breed became a widely accepted companion dog by late 19th century. There upon the dog got introduced to almost every corner of the world.
The Schipperke is a small tailless dog, yet tough and hard in attitude. The dog has a double coat that comes in jet black tone; however, there are tans and fawns as well. The dog features a compact finish with a wide chest, slightly vaulted forehead and pointed muzzles. The dog is always alert. Its ears are small, ‘V’ shaped and erect.
Slightly contrast to its appearance, the dog is lively and is an individualist. It is highly defensive of its owner and for that reason is wary with strangers. This breed normally makes a wonderful playmate to children and is considerate to other breeds. With a posture that is always alert and confident, the breed can be excellent watchdogs.
The dog bears a higher risk to dysplasia, epilepsy and hypothyroid. Quite recently has it been revealed that the dog is prone to Legg Calves Perthes, PRA, and cataracts as well. The breed with its tendency to get obese is likely to live for 16-18 years.
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