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6-12 lbs

The Schip-A-Pom, also known as the Pomerke, is a deliberately crossbred dog known as a designer dog. This hybrid is a combination of two inquisitive and mischievous canines bred as companion animals, the Schipperke and the Pomeranian. Although these dogs make enjoyable and outgoing companions for adults and older children, they may not be the best choice for small children as they are understandably intolerant of teasing or rough handling. They typically will require a greater time commitment to grooming than most dogs. While they are quite intelligent, they can sometimes be difficult to train as they can become stubborn, inattentive, and even manipulative when they aren’t in the mood to learn. 

Date of Origin
Pomeranian and Schipperke

Schip-A-Pom Health

Average Size
Male Schip-A-Pom size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-12 lbs
Female Schip-A-Pom size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Cryptorchidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Pemphigus
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Follicular Dysplasias
Occasional Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Skin and Hair Exams
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Schip-A-Pom Breed History

The Schip-A-Pom is a designer dog, an intentional hybrid also sometimes referred to as a boutique dog, in this case, a cross between two small companion dogs, the Schipperke from Belgium and the Pomeranian which was refined in an area of Poland and Germany that was once known as Pomerania. The Pomeranian is a tiny puffball of a dog with bold and inquisitive personality that has been a very popular companion animal since the 1800s.  Although the Pomeranian is currently the smallest of all the spitz breed dogs, this was not always the case as the Pomeranian of the 1800s was typically somewhere around thirty pounds, rather than the three to seven pounds that they weigh today. In 1888 Queen Victoria obtained a very small red Pomeranian by the name of Marco, which had the effect of popularizing the breed and encouraging breeders to breed for smaller dogs with a distinctive “puffball” appearance. The Schipperke also has a distinctive spitz-like appearance, with their erect triangular ears and bushy double coat, but this breed is not actually a spitz breed. This breed was actually descended from a now extinct breed of sheepdog local to Belgium that was called a Leauvenaar, and many Schipperkes have retained some of their herding instincts even today. They became quite popular with canal boat workers and craftsmen during the 1600s and in 1690 the popularity of this little dog led to one of the first breed specific dog shows, with many Schipperkes converging at the Grand Palace of Brussels, frequently wearing specially designed decorative collars made of carved or hammered brass. Schipperke dogs weren’t introduced into the United States until nearly two hundred years later, in 1888, and they were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904. 

Schip-A-Pom Breed Appearance

Although there is a definite size difference between the two breeds, there are several similarities between the two as well. The Schip-A-Pom dog will typically be somewhat larger than the Pomeranian and somewhat smaller than the Schipperke, generally reaching between six and twelve pounds in weight by the time they have matured, with a final height of around eight to ten inches. They are built rather squarely with a well-proportioned head that tends to be a slightly rounded at the top, and a foxlike face, although those that favor the Schipperke heritage will have longer muzzles than those that favor the Pomeranian, with oval rather than almond-shaped eyes. The eyes of the Schip-A-Pom will typically be very dark and the small, triangular ears will be mounted high on the head and carried erect. This crossbreed sports a thick, double-layer coat that consists of a short, dense undercoat that is covered with second layer that is longer and coarser in texture. This second layer will be more copious in dogs that inherit more Pomeranian qualities, and may often be shorter on the face, legs, and ears of dogs that more closely resemble the Schipperke. Although this hybrid may come in many different colors, the most common color seen is black. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schip-A-Pom eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schip-A-Pom nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schip-A-Pom coat
blue Schip-A-Pom coat
sable Schip-A-Pom coat
brown Schip-A-Pom coat
cream Schip-A-Pom coat
red Schip-A-Pom coat
isabella Schip-A-Pom coat
cream Schip-A-Pom coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schip-A-Pom straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schip-A-Pom Breed Maintenance

This hybrid will require a little more grooming than some canines due to their long, dense coats, and more frequent bathing is generally recommended for both parent breeds. Basic maintenance grooming for the Schip-A-Pom will generally include bath every week or two and thorough brushing several times a week to remove dead hair, to untangle mats and tangles, and to properly distribute the dog’s natural oils to their coats. Diminutive dogs like the Schip-A-Pom are often prone to developing dental disease, so it is very important to check and clean their teeth on a regular basis to avoid tooth loss and other dental disorders as they age. 

Brushes for Schip-A-Pom
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schip-A-Pom requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schip-A-Pom Temperament

The Schip-A-Pom, like the parent breeds it was derived from, is an inquisitive and impulsive animal with a quick mind and a mischievous nature. They tend to be more aware of their surroundings than some canines and are quick to alert their owners, making them excellent watchdogs; on the other hand, their tendency to bark may get out of hand if not properly controlled at an early age. While they are bred to be companion animals, these little dogs may not make the best companions for small children as they can be sensitive and don’t generally tolerate teasing or rough handling. If properly socialized, most of these dogs will be amiable with other dogs, although some may become scrappy or bossy with other canines. This hybrid may be a challenge to train, exhibiting stubborn, bossy, and even manipulative behaviors in order to get their way, and consistent training that includes short, varied training sessions and lots of praise is recommended. 

Schip-A-Pom Activity Requirements

While this dog is fairly active and energetic, it is usually quite content with around 45 minutes of vigorous activity per day, although this is most effective if it is split up into several shorter sessions throughout the day. They will particularly happy if some of this exercise includes the opportunity to out and out run, but it is important to ensure this dog is either on a leash or being supervised in a secure yard to prevent them from taking off after fast moving objects and animals. They can be well-suited to apartment living if they are given enough outdoor activity and if they are taught to properly control their tendency to bark at everything. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Schip-A-Pom Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Schip-A-Pom Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schip-A-Pom size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Schip-A-Pom size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Schip-A-Pom size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Schip-A-Pom size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Male Schip-A-Pom size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Schip-A-Pom size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs

Schip-A-Pom Owner Experiences

8 Years
4 People
Cuddling, walks
We adopted Nova from a shelter when she was 2 years old. She has been an amazing dog, very sweet, loving, even with our small children (currently 6 and 3 years old). She is a lap dog mostly, and very attached to me, but equally affectionate with other family members and likes guests who give her pets. We have trained her to do a few basic commands and worked on her house training and she learned quickly. She is a lovinf, friendly, affectionate pet.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Doc Holliday
18 Months
3 People
House & Yard
mischievous, stealer of food and destroyer of toys, but now getting the idea that he is to destroy only "His" toys! Likes to chew. kind, attentive and shows endearment to those he cares about. Likes to engage in one on one activities, no matter what they are! Enjoys barking at everything!
3 months ago
6 Years
3 People
The love of my life; my 4 legged son.
6 months ago
4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
she is an amazing dog and great with a family.
6 months, 1 week ago
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