Even though it is often called “the Dutch Dog” the Schipperke is not associated in any way with Holland. He was originally developed in Belgium to be a working dog and was mainly used to herd sheep and cattle. The average height of a Schipperke is 10 inches to 1 foot, 3 inches weighing about 11 to 18 pounds. They have a lifespan of 13 to 15 years.
Originally bred in Belgium as a working dog, the Schipperke is very intelligent and highly devoted to his master and his family. He is a natural watchdog with a great territorial instinct and will always do all his best to protect his owner and his family. The Schipperke loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many others. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Schipperke is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference if you want to have a well behaved and obedient dog.
Schipperke is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.
To be honest, the Schipperke is shedding a lot of hair. You cannot do anything to stop this but if you want to prevent having hair all over your home you should do proper brushing every day. Keep in mind that with a proper brushing you will rarely find hair on your couch, carpets and other places in your home.
The Schipperke, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.
The Schipperke was originally developed in Belgium and has nothing in common with Holland even though he is often erroneously called a “Dutch Dog”. This breed has descended from a black sheepdog called “the Leauvenaar” which was also the foundation dog for the Groenendael.