With an adult dog, you can easily see what you're getting, and plenty of adult Schipperkes have already proven themselves not to have negative characteristics. If you want a puppy, you can avoid some negative traits by choosing the right breeder and the right puppy. The Schipperke is an agile, active watchdog and hunter of vermin. In appearance he is a small, thickset, cobby, black, tailless dog, with a fox-like face. The dog Temperament: Confident, Alert, Curious.
Schipperkes (pronounced SKIP-per-key) are small dogs weighing 12 to 16 pounds (five to seven kilograms). A male schipperke is 11 to 13 inches in height at the shoulder; females are slightly smaller at 10 to 12 inches tall. Schipperkes have a distinctive outline, sloping from the highest point at the withers to the base of the tail. The German Schipperke’s adult weight range may be anywhere from 10 to 90 pounds! This dog’s typical life span ranges from 7 to 15 years. The German Schipperke sheds year-round and seasonally, but the coat is typically easy to maintain.