Schipper-Poo: Poodle and Schipperke Mix

Schipper-Poo: Poodle and Schipperke Mix

Height: 8-15 inches
Weight: 20-40 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, gray
Suitable for: Active families, those looking for a spirited pet, high energy owners
Temperament: Intelligent, loving, curious, mischievous

A cross between a Poodle and a Schipperke, the Schipper-Poo is a playful, curious, and friendly dog with some of the best traits of both parent breeds. Schipper-Poo dogs are highly intelligent and often have a mischievous streak. This penchant for getting in trouble frustrates some owners, but others find their antics endearing. Schipper-Poos love attention, so they are often very trainable, but they can be stubborn. Because they are mixes of two different breeds, every Schipper-Poo is unique, and some dogs may take more after one parent breed or the other.

Schipper-Poo Dog Breed Information and Pictures
Schipper-Poo Dog Breed Information and Pictures

What is a Schipper-Poo?

The mischievous little Schipper-Poo is a playful combination of the loving, intelligent Poodle and the loyal, energetic Schipperke. This friendly pooch gets along with kids, other pets and even strangers for a wonderful, non-watchdog addition to the family.

The playful Schipper-Poo brings the loving personality of the Poodle together with the energy of the Schipperke.

Schipper-Poo | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Schipper-Poo | Dog Breed Facts and Information

Origin

Schipper-Poos originate from the Designer Dog trend that began back in the 1980s when breeders began to mix and match 2 different pure-bred dogs to produce pups with ideal traits from each. Such as smaller, gentler or hypo-allergenic and typically free from the health issues of the parent breeds.

Pedigree

The Schipper-Poo is the offspring of two different purebreds so he doesn’t qualify to join the coveted American Kennel Club (AKC) however each parent breed has been a member for more than a century; the Poodle joined AKCs “sporting” group in 1887 while the Schipperke was named to the same group in 1904.

The Schipper-Poo is a playful and friendly dog that does well with kids and other pets.

Diet and Nutrition

The Schipper-Poo is a medium-sized dog with a high tendency to become obese so his food should reflect this as well as his size, age and activity level. Because Poodles can be prone to digestive issues, opt for a low-fat food that is nutrient-rich and free from fillers (carbs) that may cause him to want to over-eat to feel full. Plan to feed this dog 2 to 3 smaller meals each day versus free-feeding.

How easy are Schipper-Poo to train?

While the Schipper-Poo is the offspring of two intelligent and easy-to-train breeds, a stubborn streak can make him a challenge when it comes to obeying commands. Patience, coupled with a firm, consistent approach will go a long way in getting results. Rewards such as treats and lots of verbal praise are what this pooch responds to best.

Weight

Your Schipper-Poo will likely weigh in the range of 20 to 40 pounds once he reaches adulthood.

How would you describe the temperament of Schipper-Poo?

The Schipper-Poo is a playful and friendly dog that does well with kids and other pets. Because he rarely barks he isn’t watchdog material however this makes him an ideal pick for apartment dwellers. He thrives on human companionship and can become mischievous when left to his own devices. He is considered happy, loving, energetic and loyal.

How healthy are Schipper-Poo?

Schipper-Poos are a healthy breed, but some health problems may still arise. As a designer dog, the Schipper-Poo tends to be healthier than most purebreds. Regular vet care will help you find and treat health problems early. This includes regular physical exams, as well as hip and thyroid tests to watch out for specific health concerns.

Schipper-Poos may have the same health conditions that are common in Poodles and Schipperkes. Here are some conditions to watch out for:

Serious Conditions
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Perthes Disease
  • Cataracts

Male vs Female

Male and female Schipper-Poos both tend to be energetic and friendly. Although some people think that male dogs are more aggressive or destructive, proper care and socialization matter more than gender. Some pet owners report that their dog is happier and calmer after spaying or neutering for both male and female dogs. Unless you plan to breed your Schipper-Poo, it is recommended to spay or neuter them.  Both male and female Schipper-Poos can make great pets.

How long will Schipper-Poo live?

The average life span of a Schipper-Poo is 12 to 15 years.

How active are Schipper-Poo?

They are not quite as hyper as Schipperkes, but Schipper-Poos will require moderate exercise every day. Although the amount of exercise needed varies from dog to dog, most Schipper-Poos enjoy a daily walk and other forms of exercise. They enjoy playing with their owners and exploring the world around them. Because Schipper-Poos tend to be curious, they often enjoy going to new places with their family, provided they are kept on a leash.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as the Schipper-Doodle, Schipperkepoo and Schipperkedoodle, the Schipper-Poo doesn’t qualify to join the American Kennel Club’s roster of purebred dogs however he is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc.(DRA) and IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry.

Coat

There are lots of possibilities when it comes to a Schipper-Poo’s coat. Some may have soft, curly fur, while others may have straighter hair or something in between. If a Schipper-Poo takes after his poodle parent, he won’t shed much but will still require occasional bathing and grooming to keep his coat healthy and clean.

Other Schipper-Poos will have moderate shedding coats. A shedding coat will require daily brushing to maintain. Schipper-Poos only require bathing when they are dirty or smelly, and too frequent bathing may cause skin dryness. Schipper-Poos might also require occasional cleaning around the eyes and ears. If a Schipper-Poo gets tear marks below their eyes, regular wiping might be required. Like other dogs, regular tooth brushing will help Schipper-Poos stay healthy.

Puppies

Schipper-Poo puppies can grow into stubborn little dogs that need a little extra guidance when it comes to behaving. Plan to socialize your pup immediately and obedience train as soon as he is able to walk on a lead. Because this dog can be susceptible to a neurological disorder called Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIB, ask your breeder to provide a DNA test to verify the Schipperke parent was clear.

Related Questions

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

  • Schipper-Poos are a social breed that often loves the company of other dogs. They love furry playmates, and a second dog might serve as a source of entertainment and companionship. Schipper-Poos also can get along with cats and other mid-sized pets with proper training and socialization. Some Schipper-Poos tend to chase cats when not properly trained.
  • Many Schipper-Poos have inherited a strong prey drive that leads them to chase after smaller animals. Because of this, Schipper-Poos might not do well in households with small pets like ferrets, hamsters, or small birds. If you do have small animals, be prepared to watch your Schipper-Poo closely and keep your pets separated.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

  • Schipper-Poos love to play! Their high energy levels and friendly personalities can make them a great fit for an active family. Well socialized Schipper-Poos will often get on well with kids and make great playmates from morning till night. Smaller Schipper-Poos are great companions for small children because they’re unlikely to knock a child down. If a Schipper-Poo is on the larger end, some supervision and additional training might be required to keep children safe.
  • Because Schipper-Poos love attention and get bored easily, it can be harder for single people or older individuals to care for them. Schipper-Poos often do best if they can come along with their owners wherever they go and spend some time playing and exercising every day.

What’s the Price of Schipper-Poo Puppies?

  • Schipper-Poos are less common than other designer dogs, so finding a Schipper-Poo usually requires some work. There are no rescue organizations dedicated to Schipper-Poos, but Schipper-Poo puppies might be available through breeders. Because they are a newer and rarer mix, prices vary and there is no standard price point.
  • When you do find a Schipper-Poo breeder, ensure that your breeder is properly caring for their dogs before buying. Ethical breeders will properly feed, exercise, and care for their adult dogs and puppies, including proper vet care. If the price is too good to be true, that may be a sign that of a puppy mill or a breeder that doesn’t care for animals properly.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a bundle of fun, the Schipper-Poo might be the dog for you. Schipper-Poos are some of the most affectionate and excitable designer dogs out there. Just like Poodles and Schipperkes, Schipper-Poos have big personalities and can sometimes be a handful. They are a fairly healthy breed with a lot of energy in a pretty small package. Although a Schipper-Poo may be hard to track down, they are great for families that play hard. With a unique mix of affection and cheekiness, if you own a Schipper-Poo you might find him impossible to replace.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.