Don’t let that fluffy little face fool you, what Schipperkes lack in size, they make up for in personality. They are very bold and definitely have minds of their own. Naturally inquisitive, they can be entertaining and make great companions, but if they are not kept mentally and physically active, they have a tendency to to get into trouble.
Male: 12-16 lbs. Female: 10-14 lbs.
Schipperkes are lively and enjoy daily walks, but their diminutive stature means that ensuring this dog gets enough exercise does not require a huge time commitment. Half hour excursions in the morning and evening, combined with regular opportunities to run and play off-leash will keep this energetic dog feeling good.
The Shipperke’s double coat will shed heavily twice a year, but will pose less of a threat to your clothes and furniture at other times.
Barking and Volume:
Schipperkes can become problem barkers, so early training to discourage this behavior is very important.
These dogs can be headstrong and have a tendency to bark excessively, so it is a great idea to get your relationship off on the right foot with some professional training.
Health Factors: The breed is generally quite healthy but can be prone to Legg-Perethes syndrome, Entropion, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and Distichiasis. *A responsible breeder can minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is sufficient.
Training: A little outside advice will go a long way. Try a puppy class at a minimum.
Most of the year, Schipperkes require only a weekly brushing and the occasional bath to keep them in fine form. When they go into periods of heavy shedding you may want to groom them more often to remove loose hairs.
Schipperkes are playful and affectionate, but they are better suited to families with gentle, older children.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Schipperkes are friendly with other dogs, unless they perceive a threat to their family, in which case they will not back down from a fight. They do well with other animals providing they are properly socialized from a young age.
Friendliness: Towards People
These dogs are very protective of their people and will be wary of strangers until they are sure that the newcomers pose no threat.
BE PREPARED FOR: Shipperkes are a strong presence: this can be a great thing if you are looking for a lively companion, but if you’re not careful they can have a tendency walk all over you.