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Basic characteristics

Country/Region of Origin:                                                     Germany
Trainability:                                                                            Medium
Size:                                                                                          Small
weight:                                                                                       3-8Kg
Energy level:                                                                               High
Exercise needed:                                                              45min/daily
Color:                                                                                         Black
Protection:                                                                                   High
Shedding:                                                                                    Low
Area needed:                                                                          Medium



Additional information (Wiki): A Schipperke (pronounced skip-er-key) is a small Belgian breed of dog that originated in the early 16th century. There has been a long informal debate over whether this type of dog is a spitz or miniature sheepdog.

Their small, pointed ears are erect atop the head. Schipperkes are either single or double coated with a soft, fluffy undercoat that is covered by a harsher-feeling and longer outer coat. One of the breed characteristics is a long ruff that surrounds the neck and then trails down towards the rear of the dog.

The Schipperke is also known as the "Tasmanian black devil" and "little black devil," often because they can be stubborn, mischievous, and headstrong because they are naturally curious and high-energy dogs; when Schipperkes are bored, they often damage property. Schipperkes are very smart, and sometimes debate listening to owners and doing whatever benefits them the most.

The Schipperke does not need expensive or excessive grooming. This breed is a moderate shedder, however. A brush that can reach the undercoat is the best. Regular weekly brushing is usually enough to keep the coat in good condition. There is no need for cutting or trimming and the mane fluffs up naturally.

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