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Family: Sheepdog, Spitz, Northern (companion)
Area of origin: Belgium
Original function: barge dog, watchdog, ratter
Average size of male: Ht: 11-13, Wt: 12-16
Average size of female: Ht: 10-12, Wt: 12-16
Other names: none

Schipperke Dog Temperament

The Schipperke is a bold companion, even though it can be an independent and headstrong one. This little dynamo is happiest when busy, poking his nose into every cranny and ever on the lookout for adventure. He is reserved with strangers and an alert watchdog. He can make an amiable and pleasant house dog but needs daily exercise.

Schipperke Dog Care

The active nature of this breed makes exercise, both- mental and physical -imperative. His small stature makes getting that exercise fairly easy, however. Either a vigorous game in the yard or a moderate walk on leash will usually suffice to meets his needs. The Schipperke should not live outdoors. His double coat needs weekly brushing, more when shedding.

Schipperke Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: Legg - Perthes
Occasionally seen: entropion, distichiasis, PRA
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 13-15 years

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