or "The Little Skipper"
Schipperkes were regarded as dogs of the lower classes, a
favorite with workers and shoemakers, and they were often used to
guard the many canal barges which moved goods between Brussels and Antwerp. Since his name derives from the Flemish word schip
which means boat, and because of its popularity with bargemen, it
is not surprising that it has developed so many nicknames, the
"Little Boatman" or "Little Captain", "Little Bargeman"
and the ever popular "Little Skipper".
The Schipperke is agile, active, and a hunter of vermin.
It is a small dog breed, a great companion although it can be
independent and headstrong. Its adventurous, active temperament
means that it needs daily exercise, not a lot, but something that will
challenge it both mentally and physically like a good game followed
by a vigorous walk. In appearance it is thickset, cobby, black and
tailless, and with a fox-like face. In profile, the Schipperkes are
square and possess a distinctive coat, which includes a standout
ruff, cape and culottes, creating an unique silhouette.
It is curious, and interested in everything, an excellent
faithful watchdog, reserved with strangers, confident and ever
ready to protect its family and property, if necessary. They require
modest living space, but need lots of daily exercise. Grooming its
double coat once a week, a good brushing, is enough. Maybe you
should consider a Schipperke puppy for your family.
Male: 11 - 13 in. (27.9 - 33 cm).
Female: 10 -12 in. (25.4 - 30.5 cm).
Weight: 12 - 16 lb. (5.5 - 7.3 kg).
Protection: Very good.
Life Expectancy: 13 - 15 years.