Country of Origin: Belgium
Color: Black, Apricot, Chocolate, Black & Tan, Cream, Blue
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Height: Male: 28-33 cm, Female: 25-30 cm
Weight: Male: 3-9 kg, Female: 3-9 kg
Litter Size: 4-7 puppies
The Schipperke is a small, thickset, tail-less dog with a thick double coat and a ruff around his neck. In color the Schipperke is solid black, which is the only color accepted by the AKC, however, the breed also comes in a handsome range of tans and fawns which are acceptable abroad.
The body is short and compact and should look square when viewed from the side. When viewed in silhouette, the topline appears to slope gently down from the withers. The chest should be wide and should reach to the elbows. The head is shaped like a fox's - a wedge with a pointed muzzle. It has a wide, slightly rounded forehead.
The small oval eyes are dark brown with a mischievous, questioning and alert expression. The small, erect ears are triangular in shape. If born with a tail, the tail is docked. The nose is always black. The teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite.
Dewclaws should be removed from the front legs and must be removed from the hind legs if you wish to show the dog. The only acceptable color according to the Belgian standard is totally black.
Temperament: Fearless, Curious, Agile, Independent, Confident, Faithful
Health Problems: Hypothyroid, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and hip sockets which tend to slip. Legg Calves Perthes, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and a newly discovered disease called MPS 111B (Mucopolysaccharidosis).
There is a genetic test available for the MPS 111B through the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Be careful not to overfeed this breed.
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