Size : 3-8kg (7-18lb) , 22-23cm (9-13in)
Grooming : average
Training : average
Colours : black
This compact , spitz – type breed originated in Belgium in the early 1500s and is probably related to the Pomeranian and german spitz . the name is said to mean little captain from the breed’s past as guard dogs and ratters on flanders and Brabant canal barges . these are energetic companions , and although they respond well to training they can be aggressive around other dogs . the schipperke’s build is muscular , with a deep chest and straight legs . the hard coat has a dense undercoat and a ruff around the neck , framing the typically fox-like face and pointed muzzle.