The Schipperke is a very old Belgian dog breed that is often nicknamed the LBD (little black devil). They were also mistakenly called the Dutch dog, but this breed has no affiliation with the Netherlands. This breed most likely came to life as a result of planned breeding and downsizing an old Belgian sheepdog. The new breed that came to life was best known for their ratting ability and was mostly kept by Belgian tradesmen for that exact reason.

The modern-day Schipperke is a feisty, energetic, and alert companion dog that is always on the lookout for anything that might potentially hurt their family. They are great watchdogs that will alert you about anything suspicious that might be going on. They like having a patroling role in the family, especially if the household has a yard. They will protect that yard with their life from unsuspicious rats, mice, or even squirrels that might end up in their territory.

This small breed has a big dog personality and Schipperke owners describe them as being affectionate and loving with their family. They love children and have plenty of energy to play with them without getting tired. These dogs are naturally distrustful towards strangers. They are also known to mature fairly late and they keep their puppy-like behavior until they are 4 or 5. 

Schipperke Height


10-13 in (25-33 cm)

Schipperke Weight


10–16 lb (4,5–7 kg)

Schipperke Origin



Schipperke Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Coat and care

One of their best features is their rich, luscious, completely black coat. Their coat gives an impression it has been specially designed and many who encounter this breed for the first time think that owners are trimming their coat that way. The Schipperke coat is longer at their shoulders and gets shorter as it goes towards their hind legs. Their rich, double coat sheds heavily twice a year during the shedding season and at that time daily brushing is recommended. Brushing their teeth at least three times a week is recommended and trimming their nails when they grow too much.

Schipperke socialization

These dogs are fairly intelligent but can be pretty stubborn and some might find them difficult to train. They have a will to please their owners but they also like things to be done their way and sometimes their temperament gets the better of them. It is highly recommended to start training as soon as possible and to be consistent. In the beginning, you need to teach them that nothing will be done their way and you are the one who sets rules. The best results are achieved by using positive reinforcement methods as well as many dog treats, praises, and food. Harsh training methods may result in shyness or even aggressive and scared behavior. All lessons and training should be repeated throughout their life. The same goes for socialization, start as early as possible and expose your dog to different sights, sounds, situations, and people so your Schipperke will learn to adapt to any situation and react in a good and proper manner.


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