SCHIPPERKE DOG

Is it easy to find a faithful sailor? The Schipperke shines like a black diamond and is a true finding for the adecquate nautical family. It is small, fox like and Flemish!
Bold sailor, the Schipperke is always well dressed with its black coat, ruffle, pants and collar. Its face reminds that of a fox, but its tail doesn’t, since it decidedly doesn’t have one. This small sailor is only 28 to 33 cm, the sailorette 1.5 cm less. It has a square and compact profile, with a unique silhouette, sloping from the withers to the rump. The skull is medium width, with a round appearance, eyes oval more than round, small and dark brown colored. The ears are small, triangular, high inserted and raised, never dropping. The neck is strong, moderate length and carried straight; the upper outline horizontal; the chest wide and deep, reaching the elbows; the ribcage oval, the rump wide and well rounded. The shoulders well sloped backwards; the limbs straight; the hindquarters lighter than the forequarters; low hicks and good hind angulations, not exaggerated. The coat is told apart for its collar and cap around the neck, the pants at the back of the legs and the ornament at chest. The hair should be abundant, straight and slightly rough with a thick undercoat. In color it is chestnut black; in England the KC admits other solid colors, such as cream and fawn, but these cannot be displayed in the US or Canada, or in shows under the FCI regulations.
 
The Schipperke can become very open to people, but it should be introduced to different children and adults. 
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR                           
“The best domestic dog”, the Schipperke loves children and enjoys the family environment. It can become very protective of its family and trust every member of it. It is independent, intelligent, and needs a devoted family to spend time with it. It is very king in general, although reserved with strangers (which will never be strangers for long).
 
DEVELOPMENT             
Always alert and distracted, the Schipperke needs fixed food and learning schedules. Puppies sail through youth always seeking a new exiting port or dockyard to explore. 
Although litters are usually small, sometimes eight puppies share a litter. The average birth weight is 140 g. The tail is docked (in countries where it is allowed, otherwise it is left natural) and dewclaws removed during the first week. After eight weeks the Schipperke weighs about 2.5 kg. Growth rate may vary, but usually the maximum height is reached between the sixth month and the year. However, complete maturity is not reached until after the third year, or even five. The bite is subject to changes and it should be controlled during the first year. The puppy should be chestnut black and have high inserted triangular ears on the head. The soft puppy hair is replaced by a rougher adult coat around the fifth month. The abundant coat with the typical collar will not be completed until after a year.
 
HEALTH
The Schipperke is an excellent domestic dog and it is easily educated. Although it probes in shallow waters, the Schipperke measure up as a watchdog, and is very protective of its people.
Of course, it is one of the healthiest and longest lived dogs; the Schipperke has been known to live to 20 years. Hereditary defects are very rare, as well as other problems typical to the breed. The most frequent complications Schipperke owners face are allergies, from asthma to dermatitis. The easy to care for coat brushing can help limiting such problems and of course helping in soon detection. The Schipperke requires more dental attention than other breeds. This includes regular professional cleaning. There are cases of entropion, although not frequently. Two serious problems that occasionally occur are epilepsy and Legg-Perthes disease. Perhaps it only occurs in some lines, for which we should seek information. The Schipperke is a very active and easy to train, for which the owner should make the most of these qualities.