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This is a typical attitude of a Skip -- watching intently for the next adventure.

The first thing you notice about the Schipperke are those ears. Tiny, right on the top of their head --  and pricked towards you. This is among the most alert of all breeds. What a Skip doesn't notice is not worth bothering about.

The breed is definitely of the small and in charge variety, and they can be noisy. They are one of the longest lived of all breeds and it's not unusual to find a Skip over 20 years old. In the US, they are always black, with a distinctive ruff around the neck, sloping down in a wedge shape. In some other countries, as in these pictures below from Australia, solid colors of tan, grey and cream are also allowed. In the US the tail is docked; in Australia, where docking is not allowed, it is not.

Bright eyed and curious, this breed likes children well enough, though they sometimes want to herd them; however they can be wary of strangers. They shed quite a bit and are not hypoallergenic.


Belgium in the 1800’s was busy developing its own breeds, just like many other areas of Europe. There was a typical but generic sheepdog; square shaped, moderate and deeply intelligent.  Each area of the country had their favorite attributes; one town preferred a wire coat, the other a grizzled color; and one a smaller dog that followed along behind the wagons. This variety was called the Leavenaar. Bred even smaller, that variety became “the little Sheepdog” or Skipperke.  All the sheepdogs shared similar temperament traits; and a hint to the Skip’s disposition is  that one of their cousins, the Malinois, is a favorite police dog, steady, smart, loyal and fearless.

By the Numbers

Size: 10 to 13 inches at the shoulder, about 10 to 16 lbs.

Coat Care: 3 -- Needs an occasional brushing, especially to reduce shedding, but hardly ever needs a bath.  

Trainability: 7 – medium. They are easy to train, as they are loyal atnd smart, but they can be distracted easily .

Energy level: 8 -- high. This is a high octane little dog, and does best in a high octane family.

Good with Children: 7 – medium. They are good with children and eager to play, but aren't very tolerant of rough handling.

Noise level: high – 8. This is an alert little watch-dog. He will keep you informed of everything that's happening in the neighborhood.

Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 9, high. They shed a lot, especially at certain times of year, and are not hypoallegenic at all.

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