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Faithful and loving.


Height: 23 - 36 cm
Weight (show): 2 - 8 kg
Weight (pet): 4 - 8 kg
Intelligent, alert, and energetic dogs.
Schipperkes enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, herding, musical freestyle, and obedience.
Sensitivity and stubbornness may be reduced by using motivational tools such as treats and favorite toys in reward-based obedience training.
Is an excellent watch dog due to its tendency to bark.

Did You Know?

Bred in Belgium in the early 16th century, these curious and brave dogs were used aboard riverboats. (One interpretation of the name ‘Schipperke’ is ‘little captain’).

On board the barges, the Schipperke had three main jobs. One, getting rid of rats and other vermin. Two, nipping at the heels of tow horses. And, last but not least, providing security by barking if anyone dared approached the barge.

They were first called the ‘Spitzke’, but after the breed was standardised in 1888, they were known officially as the Schipperke.

Interestingly, they are one of the few breeds that do not suffer from seasickness. Even today, they are found on many yachts and other boats around the world. Faithful and loving, these dogs definitely float our boat.

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