The schipperke is a small, cobby dog, square-proportioned, appearing to slope from shoulders to croup. This appearance is helped by its double coat, which forms a stand-out ruff, cape and culottes. The foxlike face is questioning and mischievous, even impudent. The trot is smooth and graceful. This is an agile, active dog developed as a watchdog and vermin hunter.
The schipperke is 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. It is reserved with strangers and an alert watchdog. It can make an amiable and pleasant house dog but needs daily exercise.
Temperament: Agile, Curious, Faithful, Confident, Fearless, Independent