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Breed origin: Belgium
Original purpose: Watchdog and hunter of vermin.
AKC recognized: 1904
AKC group: Non-Sporting
Weight: 7 to 20 lbs
Size: Height: males 11 to 13 inches;
females 10 to 12 inches
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17 to 18 years.
The Schipperke is curious, confident, independent, mischievous, agile, active, and loyal. They are alert and interested in everything around them, and make excellent watchdogs. They are reserved with strangers and protective of their family and property. They are very smart, but because of their independent and stubborn nature, may not always respond to obedience commands. Quite energetic, they will often become destructive if bored.
Brush weekly. During shedding season, a warm bath and more frequent brushing will help speed up the process.
Recommended books for further reading:
By Mrs. Darwin J. Martin
Published in 1996
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Schipperke Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018