Colour: Usually black, but other whole colours permissible
Lifespan: 12 to 13 years
The Schipperke is a lively, alert, amenable, responsive, loyal and inquisitive dog.
Schipperkes are loyal and affectionate to owners, but wary of strangers. Their love of barking makes them excellent watchdogs, but this trait needs to be controlled if it not to become excessive. Alert, busy and inquisitive, they need plenty of socialization with other dogs to remain tolerant.
Originally bred as a watchdog on barges, later as a companion.
The Schipperke is an alert, watchful and playful dog.
High. Busy at home and outside.
Owners: affectionate, loyal
Children: good if raised with them
Other pets: may be problematic with small pets
Strangers: wary, territorial
Unfamiliar dogs: can be problematic
Active, affectionate owner who enjoys grooming and who can provide plenty of activity, exercise and training.
Tends to bark excessively. May be difficult to housetrain.
The dense coat needs regular grooming to keep it in good condition.
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