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Schipperke (Black, Standing)
Black, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #115

2021: #115

2020: #114

2019: #106

2018: #105

2017: #110

2016: #112

2015: #109

Name Schipperke
Other names Spitzke, Spits, Spitske
Origin Belgium
Breed Group

Non Sporting (AKC:1904)

Companion Breeds (UKC)

Size Smallest
Type Purebred
Life span 13-15 years








Height 10-13 inches (21-33 cm)
Weight 12-18 pounds (5.5-8 kg)



Black & Tan




Litter Size 3-7 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1200 - $2000 USD

Now, who doesn't want a dog as fluffy and as affectionate as Schipperke? If you are wondering about the same thing while searching for a Schipperke puppy, then you must be prepared to pay around $2000. These dogs are quite rare and are therefore pretty hard to find, resulting in their high cost.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Schipperke will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors. These dogs are incredibly quick and it is a good idea to have a fenced yard.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars


Cat Friendly

4 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

The Schipperke is an active and tireless breed. To be happy and mentally stable, they need to be taken on a daily, long walk or jog. They also enjoy play and getting a chance to run. This breed is very active indoors and will get a lot of its exercise running around your house. It will greatly enjoy running free off its lead in a safely fenced-in yard or a park.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: The Schipperke does not need expensive or excessive grooming. This breed is a moderate shedder, however. A brush that can reach the undercoat is the best. Regular weekly brushing is usually enough to keep the coat in good condition. There is no need for cutting or trimming and the ruff (hair around the neck) fluffs up naturally.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


5 stars

Ranking: #15 Full Ranking List


5 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: Training must begin early as he is intelligent, curious and stubborn and doesn't like to come when he is called.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Schipperke Puppy (Black, Standing)
Black, Standing

Schipperke Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Bella
02 Buddy Molly
03 Rocky Lily
04 Cooper Coco
05 Toby Lulu
06 Jake Roxy
07 Buster Zoey
08 Milo Olive
09 Leo Nala
10 Teddy Ruby
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Schipperke is a small, cobby dog, square-proportioned, appearing to slope from shoulders to croup. This appearance is helped by its double coat, which forms a stand-out ruff, cape and culottes. The foxlike face is questioning and mischievous, even impudent. The trot is smooth and graceful. This is an agile, active dog developed as a watchdog and vermin hunter.

The schipperke is a bold companion, even though it can be an independent and headstrong one. This little dynamo is happiest when busy, poking its nose into every cranny and ever on the lookout for adventure. It is reserved with strangers and an alert watchdog. It can make an amiable and pleasant house dog but needs daily exercise.


Schipperke means “little shepherd” in Flemish. A small, black sheepdog that was called Leuvenaar was probably the common ancestor of the Belgian Shepherd and the Schipperke. Schipperkes have been used as vermin catchers for many centuries. They became fashionable thanks to Queen Marie-henriette of Belgium. Schipperkes do very well on boats and people often get this breed to come along with them on boating and fishing trips. It makes a great guard dog when the boat anchors for the night, alerting of anything out of the ordinary and the dog thoroughly enjoys its trip. The Schipperke was recognized by the AKC in 1904.

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