Schipperke – Characteristics Temperament Health Care Training


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Schipperke is a small breed of dog that originates from Belgium. Although the Schipperke looks like a miniature Great Dane, it is actually closer in relation to the Spitz family. Schipperkes (that is what Schipperke owners often refer to themselves as) are very devoted and affectionate towards their family; they make excellent watchdogs. Schipperkes are really children in dog’s clothing; Schipperkes are unstoppable when it comes to the love of small ones. They tend to be somewhat reserved with strangers, but will not hesitate to defend their home and family if necessary. Schipperke breed is also known for being one of the most intelligent breeds around – which makes training Schipher puppies or adults easy enough under usual circumstances.

Schipperke Temperament

As stated earlier, Schipperkes are fearless watchdogs – although Schippers do bark at normal occurrences such as doorbell ringings or noises, they will generally not go out of control. Schipperkes are people dogs – they do not enjoy being left on their own for a long time and will often show displeasure by doing something undesirable such as chewing furniture, soiling the house, or barking. Schipperke’s devoted nature makes Schipperke training relatively easy – Schippers respond well to both positive and negative reinforcement. Schipperkes have a tendency to become willful if Schipperke’s training does not include early socialization with other animals and children, but Schipperkess’ willfulness can be curbed through proper Schipperke socializing sessions in puppyhood.

Schipperke Health & Care

Like many small breeds, Schipperkes are prone to hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, Schipperke cataracts, Schipperke epilepsy, and Schipperke allergies. Schipperkes are also very sensitive to barbiturate anesthetics. This breed is also known for being double-coated – this means that Schipperke has a soft undercoat as well as a rough outer coat that sheds out twice in the year. Schipperke grooming sessions are usually time-consuming but not difficult since Schippers tend to shed minimally compared to other small breeds. Schipperkes should be fed with high-quality dog food; Schipperkes cannot eat some dog foods due to their health conditions (e.g., Schipedin contains Phenylalanine which can trigger canine epilepsy). Also, Schipperke puppies should not be exercised too much during Schipperke’s growth as it can lead to joint problems in the future.

Schipperke Training

Schipperkes are one of the easiest breeds to Schipperke train; They learn commands quickly and Schipperke responds well to training with positive reinforcement (praise and food rewards).

Schipperkes excel in obedience training. Schipperkes are one of the smartest breeds of dogs. Schipperkes respond well to positive reinforcement through food rewards and verbal praise, but Schipperke training must include early socialization with other animals and children if Schipperkes are to become well-adjusted adults. Schipperkes should not be trained using harsh methods – this will only make them willful and difficult to train. Schipperke training is a relatively easy process as long as both the Schipperke and the trainer are patient and loving.

Thank you for reading! I hope this article provides you with some basic information about Schipperkes.

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