The Schipperke

BELGIAN SCHIPPERKE

 From paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

got his name from being so frequently seen on the canal barges of , where he makes a good “watch” and keeps down the rats. The word is pronounced “” and is the for “.”

Doubtless an offshoot of the “wolfspitz,” of Central Europe, this Belgian pet dog has attained a marked individuality, and really resembles no other dog at all closely.

He is a glossy, shining black all over, has a fox-like head, with rather small but very bright and intelligent eyes, a small, sharp nose, and erect, prickly ears.

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The whole neck and breast arc covered with an erect frill of longer hair, as are the back margins of the thighs. The shoulders and chest are deep and strong, and the well-tucked-up little body is firm and springy.

The legs are light, but strong, and the feet small and dainty. The tail is a mere stump, or button, more than an inch being a disqualification.

They are said to be born , and probably some are. But it is easy to meet this requirement, and it is certain that not any grow up with a tail, however they started in.

The “” finds his congenial home on the canal-boats of and , but has discovered a satisfactory substitute in the pampered homes of the rich in other countries.

Like all spitz offshoots, he is bright, active, and affectionate, but just a little snobbish, and apt to be very jealous of any other pets in his household. He is a small dog, weighing about 12 pounds.

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