This Flemish breed is native to Belgium, where it was bred in Flanders by a canal boat captain named Renssens in the early 16th century.
Since this dog breed was first bred, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether the Schipperke is a miniature sheepdog, a spitz, or a terrier.
The name “Schipperke” actually means “little captain” in Flemish, though there is debate involved in this as well, with many thinking it’s a derivative of “Scheperke”, meaning “little shepherd”.
Their number one task was to protect the plentiful barges in the region, and also to control vermin. If a stranger approached, it would be their job to bark to alert their owner.
The Schipperke is a small-sized, thick-coated tailless breed with a very protective temperament.
Because of their instinct to watch and protect, they may bark frequently at strangers and in general, and may not do well with children.