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Active and agile, tireless and always interested in what’s going on, they will express themselves with a high-pitched bark whenever they require attention.
black and white Schipperke adult

About the Schipperke

Schipperkes are small sheepdogs that are nevertheless solidly built. Their coat is very distinctive, with straight hair forming ruff, mane and frills. Their fine features, together with their shepherd dog curiosity and their size, explain their great popularity well beyond Belgium.

These outstanding little dogs are brimming with affection for their families, but can be standoffish with strangers, making them popular watch and guard dogs.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Belgium

Size category: Small

Avg life expectancy: 13-15 years

Lively / Agile / Alert / Protective / Gentle

Key facts

Makes a great guard dog

Requires moderate grooming

Gentle with children

Dachshund puppy in black and white eating from a red bowl

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