A small dog, the Schipper-Poo is a cross between a Poodle and a Schipperke. The hybrid is loving and playful, with a lot of energy and without aggression. You can expect the Schipper-Poo to be solid black with short, soft fur that is smooth to wavy and pointy ears. A dog of the hybrid will love to get attention and affection and as a result of his intelligence, he will usually be easy to train. As the Schipperke can be headstrong, the Schipper-Poo may inherit that quality from his parent breed, leading to a few challenges in training.
The Schipper-Poo is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. It is thought that the Schipperke is a descendent of the Leauvenaar (Black Sheepdog) whose purpose was to be a watchdog while riding on the boats in the canals between Brussels and Antwerp. The dogs, who were at home in both the country as well as on the boats, were once known as the Spitske or Spits dog, however when the breed club was formed in 1888 they were name Schnipperke, which means “little shepherd” or “little captain”. The popularity of the breed increased after Queen Marie Henriette saw one at the Brussels dog show in 1885. The breed was imported to the United States in 1888. The Poodle is a very well-known breed that is also one of the oldest. It is believed that the breed began in Germany as a combination of several European breeds as well as the North African Barbet. An additional theory regarding the origin of the Poodle is that they descended from herding dogs in Asia or that they have ancestors from the Asian steppes, dogs of which wound up in Portugal after conquering the North African Berbers. Roman artifacts and Egyptian tombs dating back to the first century B.C. depict dogs of a similar appearance. It is thought that the smaller versions of the Poodle were created in the 1400’s by crossing smaller Poodles with one another. The Poodle was used for duck hunting in France. The first Poodle was registered in the American Kennel Club in 1888.
The Schipper-Poo will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from one or the other parent breeds, or a relatively equal combination of traits from each breed. A dog of the hybrid will typically be small, with a sturdy body and fur that is medium to long in length and soft. His ears will be pointed and the expression on the face of the Schipper-Poo can be described as alert. Depending on the traits inherited by his parents, the Schipper-Poo can have brown or amber eyes and a black or brown nose that sits atop a narrow muzzle.His coloring is most often black or gray.
The Schipper-Poo will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Schipperke and the Poodle. The resulting hybrid tends to be a sweet dog who loves to get attention and affection from his humans and others that he encounters. The Schipper-Poo will usually be intelligent and easy to train, though as the Schipperke can be independent and a bit of a troublemaker, these qualities can also be inherited by your Schipper-Poo. A dog of the hybrid will be loyal to his humans and do well with other dogs. His usually calm temperament makes this wonderful dog a great pet for families with children and other animals.
The activity requirements of the Schipper-Poo will vary by the particular dog and the traits that he inherits from his parents. The Schipper-Poo will have a lot of energy and require daily exercise. A leash is necessary for this curious canine when taking walks, as he is a fast dog who will chase anything he encounters, ignoring your calls. The Schipper-Poo will enjoy the opportunity to take a walk each day with his human and join his family on outings. Additional activities he will have fun with are flyball, agility, obedience trials and hiking (while on leash, of course!)