The Schipperke originates  from Belgium and was bred originally as a barge watchdog, ratter and as a performer. The Schipperkes are quick, energetic little dogs. This is a big dog in a little dog's body. Hot-tempered, high-spirited, self-confident and protective, the Schipperke is actually very devoted and loyal, especially with children.

The Schipperke's coat is normally a shade of Black, but the undercoat can be slightly lighter. The coat is normally abundant and dense, with longer hair on the neck, shoulders and chest. The coat should be brushed on a regular basis using a firm bristle brush. Dry shampoos can be given when needed. They are a shedder and shed heavily a couple of times a year. There is no need for cutting or trimming and the mane fluffs up naturally.


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