Curious and clever, the Schipperke dog breed is often nicknamed LBD, for little black devil.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Shipperke.
The schipperke is an old Belgian breed that dates back several hundred years. First mention of the schipperke was by a monk in the 1400s. In 1690, guild workers in Brussels held a show featuring the schipperke, known as the spits or spitske. The Schipperke quickly became popular on the barges and earned its name schipperke, which means "little captain" in Flemish. Often called the "canal boat dog," these dogs were popular with the tradesmen as well.
Schipperkes are small dogs weighing 12 to 16 pounds. A male Schipperke is 11 to 13 inches in height at the shoulder; females are slightly smaller at 10 to 12 inches tall. Schipperkes have a distinctive outline, sloping from the highest point at the withers to the base of the tail. They have a fox-like head, a deep chest, small feet and no tail. Those born with a tail have it cropped to one inch. Schipperkes generally mature at one to two years, although they reach their full size around six to eight months.
The schipperke's coat has a medium length outer coat and a thick under coat or double coat. Solid black, it is easily cared for with brushing and combing once a week. Schipperkes have longer fur on the neck and chest and down the limbs. They shed twice a year. Schipperkes require baths once a month or more if dirty.
Training a Schipperke takes consistency, clear instructions, and above all, patience. Like the Boxer, a Schipperke will not be blindly obedient, but they will do as you ask, eventually, and if there is something good in it for them. Saying that, there have been many Schipperke’s compete and succeed at high levels of obedience and other sports.
Schipperkes are active and curious dogs. Because of their history as companions, schipperkes do not make good kennel dogs and prefer being with their owners. They are highly intelligent and need activities to keep them occupied to prevent destructive behavior such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
6) Little Black Devil
The Schipperke is a little black dog with the tenacity of a Jack Russell Terrier and the heart of a lion. Often referred to as the Belgium Barge Dog, this breed of dog is actually a Dutch breed.
They make good watchdogs, but they are prone to bark excessively. They are reserved toward strangers. Their size prohibits them from being effective guard dogs. They cannot handle rough treatment and may snap if startled or teased. Schipperkes are ideal for owners who want a small-sized, active dog that does not require a large yard. Schipperkes can be satisfied with walks and games of fetch. These dogs do not do well left alone for long periods.
8) Family Pet
The loyalty of the Schipperke tends to make it a fantastic family pet, so long as the family doesn’t also keep pet mice, rats, reptiles, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, hermit crabs and yabbies as well.
It wasn't until the late 1800's that the Schipperke was finally given a breed standard and entered in kennel club shows. However, their popularity soared when Queen Marie-Henriette took on several of the breed making them highly fashionable. Soon the Schipperke was everywhere with some con artists cashing in on the madness offering anything that closely resembled the little black dog.
Schipperkes can be found with and without tails. Though the practice is falling by the wayside, breeders still have the choice to dock the tail of newborn puppies. When left intact, the tail will nicely plume over the dog's back. It is one of the main traits that gets the dog confused for a spitz breed. However, some Schipperkes have been born with no tail at all.