What a Schipperke should look like.
The Schipperke is often called a silhouette breed. Schipperkes are either born tailless, or with a partial or full tail of various lengths
and widths. There are many stories about how tail docking began but none have been proven to be fact.
If it does not have the correct silhouette it does not have the correct breed type.
The breed is a late maturing breed and many schipperkes live way into their late teens. It is not uncommon to see a 10 or 11 year
old dog being show and competing in sports. Schipperkes are almost always very fond of children and are active, agile,
a watchdog and a hunter of vermin.
The Schipperke should be a small thickset, cobby, black, tailless dog with a fox like face. The schipperke is square in profile and has a distinctive coat with three distinct layers, a ruff, a cape and culottes. The males are masculine without being coarse and the females are feminine without being over refined.
The suggested height at the highest point of the withers is 11 to 13 inches for dogs and 10 to 12 inches for females. A small schipperke should not be toyish. A large or small dog should not be to coarse or over-refined and Quality Should Always Take Precedence Over Size.
The neck is moderate in length and is slightly arched in balance with the rest of the dog. This gives the proper silhouette. The topline is level or slightly sloping from the withers to the rump. The ruff should stand out and adds to the slope making the dog seem slightly higher at the withers than at the rump.
The body is deep and broad, it should reach to the elbows. The ribs are well sprung. They are wide behind the shoulders and taper to the sternum. The fore-chest extends in front of the shoulders between the front legs. The loin is short and muscular and is moderately drawn up. The croup is broad and well rounded with a docked tail. No tail is visually discernible, the standard gives no allowance for a female to be longer in body than a male. The shoulders are well laid back, with the front legs extending straight down from the body. From the side the legs are placed well under the body. The pasterns should be short and thick and strong, but flexible showing a slight angle from the side. Front dewclaws are removed. The feet are small, round and tight, nails are short, strong and black. The real appears slightly lighter than the front, but is well muscled and in balance with the front. Hocks are well let down and stifles well bent. Extreme angulation is penalized. From the rear the legs go straight down from the hip though the hock to the feet. rear dewclaw must be removed.
Disqualifications are Drop ear or ears, and any color other than a natural black.
Schipperke Illustrations MPSIIIB in Schipperkes