The Kennel Club





Schipperke




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: October 2009

CLASSIFICATION

: Utility

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: Small, cobby, active dog, with sharp foxy expression.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: Intensely lively and alert.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Amenable, intelligent and faithful.

HEAD

: Skull not round, but fairly broad, flat, with little stop. Muzzle moderate in length, fine but not weak, well filled under eyes. Nose black and small.

FACIAL REGION

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Muzzle

: Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

: Dark brown, more oval than round, not full; bright, most expressive.

Ears

: Moderate length, not too broad at base, tapering to a point. Carried stiffly erect and strong enough not to be bent otherwise than lengthways.

NECK

: Strong and full, rather short, set broad on shoulders, slightly arched.

BODY

: Chest broad and deep in brisket. Back short, straight and strong. Loins powerful, well drawn up from brisket.

TAIL

: Previously customarily docked or may be born tailless or with partial length or full tail. Docked: Very short. Naturally tailless – no discernible tail. Undocked: Full length tail tightly curled, carried over the back. Well covered with hair. Fully coated partial length tail permissible but not desirable.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: Shoulders muscular and sloping. Legs perfectly straight, well under the body, bone in proportion to the body.

FEET

: Small, cat-like, and standing well on the toes.

HINDQUARTERS

: Lighter compared with forequarters; muscular and well developed thighs, well rounded rump. Legs strong, muscular, hocks well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Short, brisk stride, moving true fore and aft.

COAT

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HAIR

: Abundant, dense and harsh; smooth on head, ears and legs; lying close on back and side; erect and thick round neck, forming a mane and frill; with good culottes on the back of thighs.

COLOUR

: Usually black but other whole colours permissible.

SIZE

: Weight about 5.5-7.5 kgs (12-16 lbs).

FAULTS

: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.