is a thickset, tail-less, small dog with a double coat
and a ruff around its neck. Its body is compact and
short and looks square when viewed from the side. The
topline appears to slope gently down from the withers.
The chest should reach to the elbows and should be wide.
It has a wedge-shaped head like a fox's, with a pointed
muzzle. Its forehead is slightly rounded and wide. Its
dark brown, small, oval eyes have a mischievious, questioning
and alert expression and its triangular-shaped ears
are small and erect. If the Schipperke is born with
a tail, it is docked. Its nose is always black and its
teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite. Dewclaws
are usually removed.