The Schipperke (pronounced Skipper-ke) is a small stubby, jet black dog which weighs about 12 to 20 pounds and stands to the mature height of 12 inches. Its small foxy head carries a pair of oval, dark brown eyes, which portray expression and inquisitiveness. Its nose is small and comes to a moderate stop. The fur covering its small erect ears, head and legs is smooth, but the abundant, dense, black fur which covers the rest of the body is coarse and harsh to the touch. At the front of the neck the hair forms a culotte or a cape-like effect. The dog's small, straight front legs support its thick, heavy set shoulders and short neck. The muscular hind-quarters have well developed thighs. Many of the dogs have no tail from birth but if the dog is born with a tail it is docked within 2 to 14 days.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1947 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Beemblossom, Max. A.
"Introduction of the Belgian Schipperke Dog into the United States,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 54(1), 301-302.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol54/iss1/47