Schipperke puppies for sale
Schipperke puppies for saleWhen looking for Schipperke dog puppies for sale, this breed may be referred to as the Spitzke.
The Schipperke breed originated in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the early 16th century for the purpose of hunting vermin on river barges and a watchdog. In the Flemish language the word â€œschipâ€ means boat and is how this breed got its name.
The Schipperke was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904 as part of the Non-Sporting Group.
The Schipperke has a thickset and cobby body, and a fox-like face. The eyes are small, oval shaped, and have a mischievous expression. The ears are set high on the head and triangular in shape. The tail of the Schipperke is usually docked shortly after birth.
The Schipperke averages between 10 and 13 inches in height and weighs between 12 and 18 pounds.
The life expectancy of this breed is 15 or more years. Health problems associated with the Schipperke include: epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroid, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and a disease called MPS 111B (Mucopolysaccharidosis) for which there is a genetic test.
The coat color of the Schipperke is black and only black with no markings.
The Schipperke has a double coat. The undercoat is soft and dense. The top coat is medium-length, abundant, straight, short, and slightly harsh to the touch. The coat is very thick around the neck and forms a ruff. This is a very clean breed and pretty much take care of their own grooming though the coat benefits from weekly brushing. This breed is considered an average shedder.
When you see Schipperke dog puppies for sale and make the decision to make a Schipperke a member of your family, you will find this breed to be high-spirited, energetic, smart, curious, devoted, and a great companion.
The Schipperke does well living in an apartment or in a rural area. This is an energetic breed that needs a great deal of exercise. This breed is very active inside. The Schipperke moves very quickly and has a strong prey drive; it is recommended this breed be kept on a lead or in a fenced-in yard.
The Schipperke gets along very well children and extremely devoted and protective of them.
The Schipperke gets along very well with other dogs and other house pets.
The Schipperke is very interested in everything around them, reserved with strangers, and makes an excellent watch dog. This breed has a piercing bark and will definitely let their owner know there is a stranger nearby. The Schipperke is also very protective of their family and absolutely fearless in protecting them â€“ this breed is considered a good guard dog.
The Schipperke is very intelligent and easy to train. This breed excels in dog sports such as agility, obedience, flyball, herding, rally, and tracking well into their teens.
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