Schipperke

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These alert and attentive little dogs have a habit of going about their domain and checking for changes or discrepancies. They guard well those things entrusted to them and are naturally suspicious of strangers. They make excellent family dogs.PURPOSE OF BREED:Schipperkes were used as both ratters and sentry dogs on the canal barges of Belgium. They were also used as a carriage dog, sitting up front with the carriage drivers and being a good little guard dog.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:5 puppiesÿÿ

Country of origin: 
Belgium
Size: 
HEIGHT: MALE : 14in (36cm) - FEMALE : 12in (36cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 18lbs (8kg) - FEMALE : 12lbs (5.5kg)
Common ailments: 

Epilepsy, hip and knee problems. Thyroid disorder.

Temperament: 

They are good with children, but are suspicious of all strangers.

Trivia: 
The Schipperke is not derived from the Spitz or Pomeranian but is in fact a diminutive version of the black sheepdog commonly called the Leauvenaar, which used to follow the wagons along the Belgian provinces.ÿÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
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