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Nickname: Schips

Breed origin: Belgium
Original purpose: Watchdog and hunter of vermin.

AKC recognized: 1904
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 7 to 20 lbs
Size: Height: males 11 to 13 inches; females 10 to 12 inches
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Color: Black.

Life span: 17 to 18 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Grooming requirement: Brush weekly. During shedding season, a warm bath and more frequent brushing will help speed up the process.

Recommended books for further reading:

Schipperke (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Robert Pollet and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
158 pages

By Mrs. Darwin J. Martin
Published in 1996
192 pages

Schipperkes (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Melanie Coronetz
Published in 1998
120 pages

The New Complete Schipperke
By The Schipperke Club of America
Published in 2009
344 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Schipperke Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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