Barge watch dog, watchdog and ratter
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Information, Facts & Origins of the
originates from Belgium and was bred originally as a barge
watchdog, ratter and as a performer. It's origins can be dated
back to the 1600's. The Schipperke is so named as it is the
Flemish name for "Little Captain".
This dog is classified as one of the
Non-Sporting Dog Group which we
go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this
page. The Schipperke was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1904.
Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is sometimes mis-spelt as Shipperke,
Schiperke and Shiperke.
Schipperke Dog Names
of the Schipperke Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours information
The Schipperke's coat is normally a shade of Black, but the
undercoat can be slightly lighter.
The coat is normally
abundant and dense,
with longer hair on the neck, shoulders and chest.
Health information - potential health problems of the Schipperkes
All owners of dogs and puppies
are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with
humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog
health problems, including those of the Schipperke, can prove to be
costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining
dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of
trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors,
or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions
occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears,
Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate
to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune &
Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health
problems of the Schipperke may be checked via the
Dog Symptoms Sorter, but
(abnormal development of hip joints)
Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
Please click the following link for additional
information which we have provided via our:
Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog
This describes the most common canine health problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. A section on Dog and Puppy Vaccinations is also included offering information on each of the diseases, symptoms and effects for which immunization vaccines are available. Not sure of the name of the dog or puppy illness? A Dog Illness Symptoms Sorter is also featured. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional.
on Grooming and Care of the Schipperke Dog Breed
requires weekly care and grooming. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming
and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best.
Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing
but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and
nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health
problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially
important in puppies and older Schipperke dogs.
Expectancy information of the Schipperke Dog Breed
expectancy for this particular breed is 13 – 15 years.
comparison between the Schipperke Dog Breed and a Human
comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of
debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the
situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to
sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at
three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine
a dog's age.
Pictures reflect the Size of Adults - not Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes
providing an accurate portrait of the size of an average
Schipperke - essential
information but unique to this site. It should also be noted that
the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally
considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can
easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan
" A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated
by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of
the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely
clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will
suit the life and living conditions of the family.
Dog Breed - Puppies Info and Names
Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed
information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy
Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that
the following considerations should always be taken into account
when choosing puppies:
- Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding
costs of the breed
and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies,
asthma or back pain
requirements for the Schipperke breed
Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
- child suitability
Puppy and Dog
Names - The Importance of choosing the right names
Dog Breed Information
Dogs in the Non-Sporting Group are a diverse group which do not fit the
specified criteria of the other breed groups. In addition, the Non-Sporting Group may no longer perform the tasks they were originally bred for.
These dogs vary in every conceivable way from size, temperament,
features and coats! Some are well known and some are less common.
There is no unifying theme
with these dogs! Times,
fashions and societies have changed and so have the need for
breeds to assist in what was once considered entertainment, or
sport, such as bull or bear baiting.
The characteristics and features
of Non-Sporting Dogs cannot be generalised. Each breed would have
originally have been introduced and strengthened
breeding with animals who already demonstrated the desired traits.
Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century.
Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits
helpful for the duties they were intended for. Because of
the diverse nature of these breeds it is not possible to detail
every task they were involved with but here are a few:
birds - the Finnish Spitz
small game - the Shiba
hunter - the Poodle
Baiting - the English Bulldog
Dog - the Dalmatian
this day and age only a few of the breeds might undertake these tasks, but
nevertheless, they still harbour the skills and characteristics that made
the original breeding programs so successful.
generally fall into the medium to large size groups and make
popular family companions.
More Info &
History about the Spitz Dog Group
Spitz dogs are
characterized by a wolf-like appearance with a high carried tail
which in the canine world normally signals dominant status. The
term Spitz translates as Sharp Point and refers to the pointed
muzzle which is characteristic of the breed. Most of the
Spitz-type breeds were developed thousands of years ago in the
colder northern parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. As the
Spitz travelled to other countries, it was given a new title
reflecting its new country. The following dogs, which are included
in the Spitz breeds, have also been featured on this web site and
can be accessed via the Dog Breeds ABC List at the bottom of this
Breeds also Featured on this Website
Alaskan Klee Kai
Canadian Eskimo Dog
|Chinese Foo Dog
of other Breeds within the Non-Sporting Dog Group
The Non-Sporting group includes the Schipperke
and all of
the following breeds:
American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frise, Boston Terriers,
Bulldogs,Chinese Shar-peis, Chow Chows, Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz,
French Bulldogs, Keeshonds, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchens, Poodles,
Schipperkes, Shiba Inus, Tibetan Spaniels and Tibetan Terriers.
Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is sometimes mis-spelt as Shipperke,
Schiperke and Shiperke. Pictures and information about all of the above Non-Sporting breeds,
together with all other dog groups, may be found
on this website via the following links: