Other name: LBD

Photo: adult dog of Schipperke breed
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Life expectancy

The Schipperke has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 8 and 12 in
Male Between 8 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 20 lb
Male Between 7 and 20 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour

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More details about the Schipperke

Schipperke: Origins and history

The origins of the Schipperke go way back to the late seventeenth century, when documents speak of a dog who lived with the cobblers of the Saint-Géey district of Brussels. These shoemakers organized strange canine "exhibitions" where the subject was not so much the dog as the necklace made by craftsmen! According to legend, a shoddy cobbler who did badly at one of these necklace shows, expressed his disappointment by cutting off the tail of the winning dog. That dog was so prized that a trend started, and other owners began to cut the tail of their dogs. Fortunately, this practice is now prohibited.

FCI classification of the Schipperke

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Schipperke

The Schipperke is very receptive to education. It is eager to learn and please its masters. If well-trained and socialized, this dog can excel at obedience competitions.

Schipperke: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price, but you can expect to pay upwards of £400 for a well-bred puppy. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £50 to £80 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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