|Schipperkes, circa 1897|
|Photo: Debbie Thompson|
|Image source: home.comcast.net/~pomerke/|
The Schipperke's spitz-type ancestors are very ancient. Other breeds that the Schipperke is related to include the Keeshund, Pomeranian, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz, Japanese Spitz, and the American Eskimo Dog.
Schipperkes were first recognized as a formal breed in the 1880s. The AKC recognized the breed in
1904. If you look at all the AKC registrations for Schipperkes, you will find the breed ranked 78 right now on the list. It's not every day that you see somebody out walking a Schipperke, but yesterday Mom saw a person doing that, which is why she thought I should write about this breed.
Schipperkes are very busy little dogs, and they like to check everything out. They can be suspicious with strangers, which is one reason they make good watch dogs. It doesn't matter what size the intruder is or how big another dog might be. The Schipperke will bark loudly and not back down.
These days, people mostly use this breed for companionship and as watchdogs. Schipperkes don't have a lot of health problems, and they usually live to be 10 to 15 years old. Some even get to be 17 or 18. I asked Mom if we should think about getting a Schipperke, but she said they are probably too energetic for us old dogs, and also for her, since she's pretty old, too!