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Schipperkes have been known in their native Belgium since the 1600s.  It is known that there was a show in Brussels for Schipperke owners to show off their dogs with their fancy brass collars.   
 
Some books on the History of the Schipperke:
 
The Schipperke Comes of Age - F. Isabel Ormiston

A Schipperke Anthology - The Schipperke Club of America Inc.

The Official Book of The Schipperke - several editions put out by the Schipperke Club of America chronicling the history and famous kennels.

Below is some history of the Schipperke in Canada.   It is hoped that more information on the history will be made available on the Schipperke in Canada. Please check back again.

One fallacy that persists to this day is that Schipperkes are born tailless. This may happen with some pups in some lines, however the majority of Schipperkes are born with tails which are docked at between 3 - 5 days old.  The tail is docked so that no tail is visually discernible.  This is done in a caring humane way and does not cause undue pain or suffering to the pup. Within minutes they are back nursing on the mom quite content.

Some Canadian Schipperke History

First Schipperke registered with the CKC : Stud Book Vol 13 – 2 1909

Siesta Lass, born April 13, 1904. Bred by J. & L. Cochran of Hamilton On. Sire: El Allwyn, Dam: Lady Somerville

The Schipperke Club of Canada established Jan 7, 1965

President – Gerald McNally

Vice President – Rev A.E. Hawes

Secretary- Laura McNally

Treasurer – Phyllis Clough

Directors: Verna Fenney, Marj Kuyt, Fran Hoye

First Booster show of SCC. April 24, 1965 – Montreal Quebec

10 entries – BB Ch Geraura Diamant D’Elegente (Clough)

First Schip to win Best in Show – Edmonton, Ab 1953

Ch Buster’s Bruin of Fairdale (D. J. Lonsberry)

Canada’s First Specialty Calgary Alberta June 14, 1975

BB – Ch Fairlaur Diablo (Graham)

WF, BP, BOS – Camplaren’s Krowning Glory (Bernhardt) – later a Ch.

BW, WM – Tuffy of Seymour Arm (Peterson)

Brace: Ch Roetmop Qubeau and Ch Rotmop Quasar (Anderstjerne)

HIT – Ch Roetmop Qubeau.

On the Cover of Showring Nov/Dec 1976 – Am/Can/ BDA Ch Farilaur Diablo

Story published September, 1965 – Purebred Dogs – Schipperkes by Laura McNally

Gracia Von Strahl of Montreal Quebec, Canada tells an interesting little anecdote. While driving in the city of Montreal about a month ago she saw a Schipperke being exercised on the grounds of the Windsor Hotel. Making an abrupt turn into the parking area of the hotel, she left her car and hurried on out to where she had seen the dog. Since all her attention was fixed on the dog itself she was really unaware of who was holding the dog, and "brash me’ she says, pointed an imperious finger at the dog and asked directly, "Whose dog is that?". She became very much aware of the "other end of the leash" when a tall, swarthy, dignified, turbaned man serenely and with great poise bowed to the waist and answered, "That, madame, is the Shah of Persia’s dog". And sure enough, the Shah was a guest at the hotel at the time, and sure enough, the Sha of Persia travels with a Schipperke. Now THERE is a status symbol for our little black dog! This Schipperke was a nice looking dog of the type one associates with the European and English Skip with the flatter coat.

(Baroness Von Strahl was an SCC member at that time).

 

Published in Dogs in Canada, July, 1960

The Schipperke by Mrs Ellen Brown, Toronto Ont.

It was in the Fall of 1926 that I decided to import some Schipperkes through a friend who had recently returned from England. I was told of the prominent Schip kennels and after many inquiries, purchased two bred females and one male.

My three dogs arrived May 27, 1927 and settled down right away. One female lost her litter in transit while the other had a fine one – July 1. It was from this stock I was successful both in Canada and the United States.

Dog shows at that time were of a longer duration, and I was given much helpful advise from older breeders of other dogs.

Schipperkes were shown in Canada around 1920, then dropped out of circulation, so I was faced with re- introducing them. They seemed to take the public fancy, because of their clean cut lines, color and size and general hardiness, and I had no trouble disposing of the stock.

Soon I was able to make entries of 12 to 14 dogs at the larger shows. Now I bask in reflected glory as stock is still shown with my O’ The North bloodlines. I have a few words of advise to prospective breeder and exhibitors: buy stock only from proven quality, not merely for show records, but for breeding abilities. Schips are free whelpers, so there is no prospect of needing veterinarian aid, (unless some unforeseen condition sets up).

This breed is easily prepared for showing. They need only the whiskers removed. Regular brushing is necessary, as it brings out the natural oils and gives a sheen to the coat. Begin to train your Schip early if you plan to exhibit. My only regret is that so few buyers were interested in breeding or exhibiting.

http://www.bonchien.com/kennelandbench081929.html

 

The Historical Schipperke Society is a group dedicated to preserving the history of the Schipperke. Please visit the website to see what has been gathered so far

Preserving the Schipperke - by Isabel Ormiston

The Belgian Breeds by Pollet

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