The little boatman, as this breed is nicknamed, is bright, active and curious, all qualities that made it an ideal barge dog, ratter and carriage dog. Known for centuries in Flanders, the Schipperke’s origin is uncertain, but royal patronage brought attention to the breed in Belgium in the late 1880s when Queen Marie Henrietta acquired one. Three years later, a specialty club was formed to promote the little dog’s interests, and it was officially christened the Schipperke (Flemish for little boatman, or shepherd). It weighs from 12 to 18 pounds and, except for its absence of tail, resembles the Belgian Sheepdog in miniature. The double coat is shiny and slightly harsh with a dense undercoat, and on the North American continent, the only acceptable color is black. It needs weekly brushing but no special grooming. This long-lived dog is an excellent choice of pet for children, with its high activity level and playful, loyal, devoted temperament. Well suited to any accommodations, the Schip makes a good watchdog and enjoys moderate outdoor exercise.
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Non-Sporting Dog Breeds
The Non-Sporting Group is a sort of catch-all group for dog breeds that don’t fit anywhere else, so these dogs vary drastically in size, type and heritage. Excerpt from the American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds with permission from its publisher, BowTie Press, a division of BowTie, Inc. Purchase the AKC’s Meet the Breeds. When the American Kennel Club was founded more than a century ago, all breeds were classified as either Sporting or Non-Sporting. Gradually, as new groupings were added, most breeds were moved out of the Non-Sporting Group. Eventually,…
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