Schipperke

Lifestyle Needs

Schipperke

The Schipperke is a small spitz type breed – compact, and free from skeletal abnormalities.  He will adapt well to most home environments and like all dogs needs exercsie on a daily basis.  His coat is harsh and dense, and needs regular grooming.  Typically he will warn of strangers approaching and so make a suitable house dog.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 9.6% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

TBC

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

None known

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

Eye disease: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (gradual loss of vision) (annual testing).

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS111B) (a metabolic deficiency leading to storage disease and debilitation).

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

Breed website:
www.schipperkefoundation.org/HealthProjects.html

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism (under activity of the thyroid gland, causing lethargy and weight gain) (Nemaline rod myopathy (abnormality of the muscle fibres, causing weakness and exercise intolerance) is an occasional finding in hypothyroidism.
  • Patellar luxation (dislocated knee cap)
  • Legg Calve Perthes disease (a disease of the hip joint with degeneration of the head of the femur, causing severe pain and lameness)
  • Cataract

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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