I'm considering buy a Schipperke but I would like to hear from some owners or breeders what they are like and also what living conditions they are best suited for. From what I have read about them they seem absolutely wonderful but I would also like to know what qualities I should possess to a good owner.
I don't know much about the breed. A friend had one and it was nice. It was kind of a one person dog and got very possessive and unpleasant when she was pregnant. I remember both of us being pregnant and me visiting and the dog snapped at me after years of me visiting. It could obviously have been an oddity, but it is my only experience. Prior to that she had been nice, but not terrifically interested in anyone but the woman who owned her. I would read everything you can and take a breed selector test to see if it fits your lifestyle. Good luck on your choices. Can you tell me more about your lifestyle and size preferences? It would help me sort through what I used to make my decision lately.
I'm a part-time student and I live in a fairly large house in the city. There is lots of room in the backyard for the dog and it wouldn't be alone almost at all for the first six months I have it, however after that it would be alone for maybe 3 or 4 hours during the day. There are no children in the home, but I do have a cat (indoor/outdoor). I'd prefer a smaller breed but I'm not completely adverse to a slightly larger size. Thanks for responding I hope this information can help.
I guess I would suggest that you may need to consider your FUTURE lifestyle. Do you plan to have kids? Dogs are a long time investment. If you want a smaller dog I am sure there are some breeds that do well with kids. I got one in the Corgi. I just would prepare for the future. I got a cocker spaniel puppy when I was a student in college and she was great. HOWEVER, when I did marry and had kids she was NOT very good about it. I loved her. I wasn't thinking of the future though. I would also consider looking at the small dogs and their relations to cats. I know some do better than others with cats. Some are bred to do things that will be counter-productive to relationship building with the cats. Breed selector tests are helpful, but think the future and answer for that in my opinion.
there is an article about the schipperke in a dog magazine that came today, here's what it says: the name means "little captain" in flemish; they came from belguim. they were ratters and watchdogs. they get to be about 10-18 pounds, 10-14 inches. they are loyal and loving, but independent, meaning they may take more work to train since they may not be exceptionally thrilled with pleasing humans. but, they are loyal. there is a story about a family in alaska with a schip; the dog heard a commotion outside and barked, the mom looked, a bear was mauling her daughter in the yard. she opened the door to go out and the dog raced out and distracted the bear; the mom could get her daughter in safely but the little dog didn't make it. the dog didn't give a second thought about being scared of the bear, it just protected the family. they don't know how small they are, and are good watchdogs. they are very very active and need exercise and can get in to things, and you have to have a sense of humor. they are very curious and lots of fun. they are stubborn and a handful. another story says one would jump on the back of a recliner to make it go down and get a ride. they have to have a fence because they will run. so,, you have to be able to handle a little dynamo who will get into things, but they want to be right with you in everything and give you all their loyalty, and lots of entertainment.
I'm new to the board, but felt I needed to respond to this posting. I bought a Schkipperke puppy several years ago, and regretted it almost immediately. I didn't do the proper research on the breed, and only found out after I purchased him that they can be "mean" dogs who attach themselves to one person in the household and dislike all other members. THis happened to me - this dog seemed to hate me (growled, snarled, nipped, and bit me since Day One), but loved my husband. Once, I took the puppy to a softball game and had him on my lap - a man came up to me and say "Hey, I had a Schipperke once." I answered, "once?" "Yeah," he said, "it became so protective of me that it would jump on our bed and not allow my wife to get in bed at all. It would growl at her and try to bite her." He said they had to give it away. Well, even knowing this, I kept an open mind for about 5 months, but when I realized this puppy of mine was mean-natured toward me, and I was planning on having kids in the future, I knew I couldn't have this dog in my household. So, we gave him to a good friend (a bachelor), and he took to him wonderfully. So - I do realize that not ALL Schkipperkes are bad or mean. But I just wanted to share my experience with you.
I have a schipperke. She's 7 years old and was my granddaughter's dog but is living with me now. She's a delightful, sweet dog and loves people, especially children. She's so easy to have and the most delightful little dog a person could ask for. I highly recommend this breed.
We have a schip girl and she is very entertaining but hyper(lots of energy)She can be bossy at times but I keep on her training...She definetley is a change from the American Bulldogs that we breed....
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