Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 13-15 years
Weight: Male: 4.5-7, Female: 4.5-7
Height: Male: 11-13, Female: 10-12
Origin of Name: A Schipperke is a small breed of dog that originated in Belgium.
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The late medieval Belgium was the birthplace of Schipperke (called "Sheep-er-ker", though many American owners call it "Skip-er-key"). The breed earned its fame as a shipboard eliminator on canals crossing low countries. The Belgian dockyard's small black avenger was also a fearless watchdog at barges and city shops. It was one of the sailors and shopkeepers from Brussels and Antwerp that these fast, agile dogs earned the nickname "Skipperke," Flemish, for "little captain".