Schipperke Breed Profile
Among the endearing traits of the Schipperke is that they are fearless, aloof, independent, smart, willful, high energy, curious, obedient and agile.
This breed of dog is good with children provided the children are well behaved.
Lifespan and Weight
The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 19 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 7 to 20 lbs.
The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with Schipperkes include but are not limited to obesity, skeletal problems, and heart, lung, or digestive problems.
Housebreaking and Shedding
Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog, as they prefer the outdoors where they can be free to use their strong herding, hunting, and guarding instincts. Shedding is average, brush daily to maintain.
Best Owner Compatibility
Not suitable for the apartment or condo dweller. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.
Where to Buy
The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.
You can expect to pay upwards of around $700+ per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.
They have strong hunting and herding skills and may try to herd children and owners alike. This isn't to be mistaken for aggression.
This dog makes for a good guard dog.
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