Pawsitively Pawsh loves to groom our gorgeous Schipperke dogs that are VERY uncommon and RARE these days to see. There are very few breeders left and we believe none in Canada. We thought we’d share some information about this breed 🙂
Known for a stubborn, mischievous, and headstrong temperament. The Schipperke is sometimes referred to as the “little black fox”, the “Tasmanian black devil”. They are naturally curious and high-energy dogs. Schipperkes are very smart and independent; and sometimes debate listening to owners, instead choosing to do whatever benefits them the most, They can excel at obedience and agility competitions.
The Schipperke was bred smaller and smaller and eventually became a different breed entirely. The dogs became a favorite choice to guard canal barges in Belgium. The breed was used for herding livestock, hunting game or simply guarding his domain. In Flemish the word “schip” means boat, hence where they got their name “Schipperke.” They earned the nickname “Little Captain” and “Little Skipper” because the dogs were the “ratters,” a very important function on a canal barge, and also usually the captain’s dog. The breed became very popular in Belgian households by the late 1800s. It first appeared at a dog show in 1880. From that point on it was exported throughout the world. 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.
In World War II, the Belgian Resistance used the dogs to run messages between various resistance hideouts and cells, and the Nazis never caught on.
A Schipperke is intermittently featured in the tiger-centric movie Two Brothers (2004).