Breed Standards for the Schipperke

General Appearance: A small, cobby dog, square-proportioned, appearing to slope from shoulders to croup

Head: Foxlike face; Small eyes; Small, triangular, high-set, erect ears

Tail: Docked tail so that tail is not visible

Color: Black

Size: Weight: 12 – 16 lbs; Height: male 11-13”; female 10-12”

Coat: Double coat, which forms a stand-out ruff, cape, and culottes

Temperament: A bold companion, even though it can be an independent and headstrong one. This little dynamo is happiest when busy, poking its nose into every cranny and ever on the lookout for adventure.