schipperke


schip·per·ke

noun \ˈski-pər-kē, ˈshi-, -kə; -pərk\

Definition of SCHIPPERKE

:  any of a Belgian breed of small stocky black tailless dogs with foxy head and heavy coat

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Origin of SCHIPPERKE

Flemish, diminutive of schipper skipper; from its use as a watchdog on boats — more at skipper
First Known Use: 1887

schipperke

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dog breed that originated in Flanders and was used as a guard on barges. The schipperke (“little captain”) is descended from the Leauvenaar, which also gave rise to the Belgian sheepdog. A short, thickset, tailless dog with a dense black coat and a foxlike head, it stands 12–13 in. (31–33 cm) and weighs up to 18 lbs (8 kg). It has a lively, inquisitive expression and is generally hardy and energetic, an able vermin hunter, and a good watchdog.

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