Schipperke-Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Section 1 – Sheepdogs.

General Appearance:

This small but excellent guard infinitely agile "notifier" all new and unusual, still bursting with vitality. No wonder it got the nickname "little black devil". It's a dog still agile, intelligent, docile, purposeful, lively, cheerful, smart and tireless. It will not miss anything that is moving, and nobody can escape it at the door of the apartment or house. Despite its size, it is the self-confident and appropriately independent and courageous.


It is a suitable breed for beginners. Early socialization is also necessary because some individuals are thriving with so much courage that they are able to provoke much more strange dogs. Education must be really consistent, albeit benign. There is need to ensure absolute consistency. To strangers is this breed distrustful, sometimes in the presence of even a little nervous, but it is largely a matter of lack of socialization and improper upbringing. To children it is lovely, it loves them and it is willing to have them play with almost constantly. Its owner and his family are eternally faithful and totally dedicated. With small domestic animals it must be well acquainted at an early age to become accustomed to them, otherwise it tends to chase them.

Its agility, speed and smarts and a positive attitude to their children can use while training in agility. Regular training is then effective and meaningful use of its temperament and relentless energy. For outdoor pens it is not suitable because it is socially organized and needs to live with humans. It is very adaptable and suited both to city apartment and in the countryside.


It's a small but powerful sheepdog harmonious construction with a short body, square body frame. Standard FCI shoulder height does not indicate body weight ranges 3-9 kg.

The head is lupus type (like a wolf), wedge-shaped, it should never be too long, the skull broad enough. Superciliary and zygomatic arches are slightly domed skull and narrows slightly arched, frontal slope is palpable.

Muzzle not too long and in the end should be pointed. Lips are black at the edges, close to the jaw and teeth. The bite should be scissors, pincer is permitted. Enables the absence of two of the first premolars (P1) and a second premolar (P2) and third molars (M3) is not taken into account. Cheeks not bulking and flow into the muzzle.

The eyes are dark brown, relatively small, almond-shaped. The view is roguish, lively and penetrating. The edges of the eyelids must always be solid black as well as the nose. The earlobes are strong, erect, very small, pointed at the ends, shaped like a triangle, set high, very mobile.

The neck is strong, muscular, should be moderately long and carried high. The body is short and wide, squat. Upper body lines must be straight, firm from withers to croup slightly sloping. Withers is a high ridge should be short, straight, strong loin is short, broad and stocky, croup is short, the proper width, horizontal.

Tail is congenitally missing or can be docked (unless prohibited by law) or naturally long. Then there is the rest carried down suspended and achieves min. the hocks in their level curves slightly upwards. The motion is carried above the level of the upper body lines. Curled tail is permissible but undesirable.

Brisket reaching the elbow, ribs must be well sprung. The bottom line continues to rise from the chest towards the belly which is tucked up appropriately.

Limbs have delicate bones, chest must be equal. Shoulders are long, slanting, elbows require strong forearms are straight, slightly divergent, strong wrists, pasterns is a continuation of the forearm and are slightly slanted. Feet should be small, round, closed with arched toes and short, strong, always black-coloured claws. Hind legs must be parallel, thighs require long, very muscular, legs are about the same length as the thighs. Hocks should normally be bent, insteps rather short. Persistent dewclaws are considered undesirable.

The coat is a rich, thick, moderately hard, firm and dry to the touch. The undercoat must be dense and soft. To the dog it provides a perfect protection against the cold and water. Hair on the ear lobe to be very short on the head and from the front and hind legs short, trunk medium length, adjacent to the neck, front chest and the forelegs longer forms are called. Mane which is more pronounced in dogs than in females. "Mane" is typical of the breed, extends to the withers and shoulders. Behind the thighs form a longer coat "trousers". The tail should be as long as on the hull.

Colour is pure black undercoat may not be deep black, can also have a dark grey colour, but only if it completely covers the outer coat.

Faults from the above requirements should be considered as defects and evaluate exactly according to their degree of expression with regard to health and well-being.