8-12 lbs

The Schipese is a designer dog that was developed by combining two different small companion animals; the Schipperke, the diminutive all-black descendant of herding dogs in Belgium, and the Maltese, a tiny all-white breed that has been favored by celebrities and royalty for thousands of years. While they are playful and affectionate, they can have a stubborn or mischievous streak and early training and socialization will help to prevent any anxious, fearful, or bratty behaviors to develop, encouraging your dog to retain their natural cheerfulness and good manners.  While they do require a bit more grooming than many breeds, they also require less exercise due to their size and they do quite well in smaller apartment type settings. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Maltese and Schipperke

Schipese Health

Average Size
Male Schipese size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Female Schipese size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Dental Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Portacaval Shunt
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Open Fontanel
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • BAER Testing
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Schipese Breed History

The Schipese is a type of intentional hybrid known as a designer or boutique dog, in this case, a combination of the Maltese, a playful and spritely companion animal that has been favored by royalty for thousands of years, and the Schipperke, a popular companion animal to canal workers and craftsmen throughout Belgium. The Maltese is one of the oldest of the companion breeds, traceable to a small island off the coast of Italy known as Malta. Although they have a common ancestor with other small companionable and quick-witted dogs with silky hair, such as the Bichon Frise and the Havanese breeds, they split off from their cousins some three thousand years before the time of Christ. They were favored as companion animals by the rich and famous since the time of the ancient Greeks both for their luxurious long white coats and for their their engaging personalities. With the exception of a short period in the 1600s, the Maltese breed has remained popular throughout the world, and has been favored by many varied individuals including Elizabeth Taylor, Josephine Bonaparte, Halle Berry, Mary Queen of Scots, Liberace, and Marie Antoinette. The Schipperke is a much newer breed than the Maltese, but it is by no means a new breed. These small, black dogs with foxlike faces are believed to be one of breeds descended from the extinct sheepdog known as the Leauvenaar, a black dog of around 30 pounds, that was local to Belgium. Popular with canal workers and and craftsmen throughout the area, the Schipperke inspired one of the first breed-specific dog shows. Held initially in 1690, groups of Schipperke owners came together at the Grand Palace of Brussels to exhibit their beloved dogs, often wearing decorative collars of hammered and carved brass that were often specially designed and crafted just for the event. 

Schipese Breed Appearance

The Schipese is categorized as a toy-sized dog, typically less than a foot tall and less than a dozen pounds in weight. This hybrid is generally about as long as it is tall with a well-proportioned head and a medium length, tapered muzzle, although some may have the slightly longer muzzle of the Schipperke while others will have a muzzle that is both shorter and finer like the Maltese. The coats of the parent breeds are quite different from one another and the Schipese can inherit characteristics from either parent breed; while the Maltese has a single-layer white coat that is long and flowing, the black coat of the Schipperke is a double layer coat, with a thick soft undercoat that has a layer of medium length, harsh hair that stands out from the body. While the fur of the Maltese grows long all over their body, the Schipperke’s fur is of varying lengths, with shorter fur on the lower legs and around the face. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schipese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schipese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schipese coat
white Schipese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Schipese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schipese Breed Maintenance

Although this hybrid can vary greatly between individuals when it comes to their coats, all Schipese dogs are likely to require a little more grooming than most dogs. Typically, bathing should occur around two or three times a month with a quality shampoo formulated for dogs, and brushing should occur at least a few times throughout the week, although daily is better. Dogs that inherit the double coat of the Schipperke tend to shed more heavily than those that inherit the single layer coat of the Maltese, and frequent brushing helps to remove the dead hairs, while those that acquire the long silky coat of the Maltese require brushing to remove any tangles and prevent matting from occurring. Due to their small size these dogs are prone to dental disorders so it is crucial to ensure that dental hygiene is maintained.

Brushes for Schipese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Schipese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schipese Temperament

The Schipese is typically a very friendly, energetic, and playful canine with a bold sense of adventure and a mischievous streak. The Schipperke is typically quite impulsive and while they are a great companion for adults and older children, they are generally not tolerant of teasing or harsh treatment, however, the addition of the Maltese to the mix may encourage the Schipese to develop a more peaceful nature with children, although all interactions between children and canines should be closely supervised to ensure the safety of both the child and the dog. Early socialization that is both positive and consistent will help this dog to retain its bold and cheerful temperament and prevent fearful or anxious behaviors from developing. This crossbreed should be quite easy to train as they will inherit a quick wit and good memory from both parent breeds and although the Schipperke has been known to be a bit stubborn and mischievous on occasion, the sweet nature and desire to please that the Maltese brings to the table should curb some of these tendencies. 

Schipese Activity Requirements

While this dog is quite active and energetic, it is also quite small, making it a bit easier to keep exercised. Half an hour to forty-five minutes worth of vigorous activity per day is generally sufficient to keep this tiny canine in top form, but this is most effective if exercise sessions are kept shorter and spaced throughout the day. Along with quick jaunts around the neighborhood or in a nearby park, this little dog may enjoy alternate activities, such as advanced obedience training, agility competitions, and freestyle canine dance. Some of these little dogs may even excel at herding and controlling sheep. Due to their alert temperament and small size, these dogs make excellent watchdogs in apartment buildings. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes
activity minutes

Schipese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Schipese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schipese size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Schipese size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Schipese size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Schipese size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Schipese size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Schipese size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs

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