schipperke history dog breedshe known history of the breed begins in 1690 when the shoemakers in the St.
Sundays on the Grand’ Place in Brussels. The workmen exercised their ingenuity by making collars of hammered or carved brass for their Schipperkes. Always kept gleaming, these collars were worn only on Sundays and were fastened in a manner designed to pull out some hairs as attainable from the ruff.
One hundred and fifty years later (1830–1840), the Schipperke remained very fashionable in Brussels and, curiously enough, was protected by the disciples of Saint Crispin Even during this later amount, it absolutely was still the custom to adorn Schipperkes with enormous collars of worked brass that were often real works of art. On Sundays, one could see a shoemaker going out with or without his wife or children but never without his Schipperke. Although he could readily forget to shine his boots, he would never forget to polish the dog’s collar.
During this period of early development, the breed was known by two names, giving rise to controversies on the true origin of the breed. The people of Brussels used the colloquial name “Spitz” or “Spitzke” to describe the small black dog. This name sheds little light on the breed’s ancestry because several breeds which are referred to as a “Spitz” in Germany or America are called “Loulou” in Belgium. Thus, no relationship to these breeds is established by the Belgian call name.
Mr. F. Verbanck of Ghent, a noted Belgian authority of the breed, summed up his thoughts on this subject when he wrote, “If the Spitz group is composed of all the Nordic dogs, the German Shepherd and the other continental sheepdogs of the wolf-type, as well as the Collie and the Shetland Sheepdog, then the Schipperke is also a Spitz. But, if the Spitz is limited to the group of German Wolfspitz breeds which now includes the Keeshond of Holland, then the Schipperke is not a Spitz.” Over the years, numerous writers outside the European nation have claimed a Canis familiaris origin for the Schipperke. One well-known dog the chart even shows the Schipperke as a direct descendant of the Pomeranian. Victor Finally, a founder of the Belgium Schipperkes Club, debated the possibility of such an origin, writing, “It is true that the Pomeranian and the Schipperke resemble each other just as they resemble the sheepdogs.
They belong to the same original stem which corresponds to a primitive type spread throughout the regions of the North and Baltic Seas, which is related to the Norwegian, Swedish and even the Eskimo breeds. [But] it is impossible for the Pomeranian, itself, to have served to create the Schipperke because the latter has been revealed to have existed here before the introduction of the Pomeranian.
The Schipperke has an entirely different aspect.” Another interesting point of comparison, which may also shed some light on tracing the ancestry of the Schipperke is its natural tail carriage. Although most twentieth-century literature maintains that the undocked the tail of a Schip is carried over the back like a Spitz, early authorities are in disagreement with this assertion. Some years ago, the eminent Belgian judge, Charles Huge, and Victor Fally wrote that those Schipperkes left with a tail carry it sort of a Belgian sheepdog Sheepdog or Shepherd. Megnin, there is a photograph of a watchdog with a tail carried straight like that of a sporting dog.
Mr. Fally also contended that an undocked Schipperke with its tail curled over the back
like a Pug or a Spitz is evidence that there has been crossbreeding in its ancestry, regardless
of the names appearing in the pedigree.
Some English authorities have stated that the undocked tails of the Schipperke are carried in two ways: some are straight like a shep.