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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Schipper-Poo is a mixed breed resulting from crossing a Poodle with a Schipperke. He is a medium cross breed who can live between 12 and 15 years. He can come in a smaller size when a miniature Poodle is used in the breeding. His other names are Schipper-Doodle, Schipperkepoo and Schipperkedoodle. He is a mischievous and cheeky dog who loves to both give and receive a lot of love and affection.
Here is the Schipper-Poo at a Glance
Average height 8 to 15 inches
Average weight 20 to 40 pounds
Coat type Short, soft, straight, wavy or curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good
Good with other Pets? Good to very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Quite high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Good
Trainability Easy to train but can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Very high
Major Health Concerns Addisons, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIB, Autoimmune Thyroiditis
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $355 to $455

Where does the Schipper-Poo come from?

The Schipper-Poo is part of a trend that is strong in popularity and has been for over thirty years for so called designer dogs. Designer dogs is a term used to cover these mixed breeds that have been developed using usually two purebreds. While there are a lot of fans of these dogs there are also a lot of criticisms especially coming from the purebred dog community. The concern is all the puppy mills and bad breeding that is going on to make more unique and different mixed breeds just to sell and make a profit. The key thing to remember when looking at a mixed dog is either just rescue one or take the time to find a decent breeder. With no information on their original breeding we can look at the history and temperament of the parent dogs for more of an idea on what goes into the Schipper-Poo.

The Schipperke

The Schipperke was bred in Belgium despite being called the Dutch Dog when in fact Holland had nothing to do with him! It is thought he comes from a sheepdog but rather than a herding dog the Schipperke was bred to be a watchdog and were used often by canal boat owners. They were then called Spits or Spitske but the name became its current one when the club was formed. It’s meaning is little captain or little shepherd. He came to America in 1888.

Today he is a very active, curious and somewhat overly confident small dog. He enjoys a good challenge and can be puppy like for several years before growing up a little. He is clever and funny and while he is devoted and loving he is also sneaky and expects to get his own way. He is wary around strangers and limits his friendship to a select few. They can learn quickly with the right approach but can be stubborn.

The Poodle

The Poodle might be all about looks in dog shows today but originally he was bred to retrieved waterfowl for hunters. This is why his coat is like it is, to protect him from the water. He is German in origin, though ancestors of Poodle before that can be found back as old the first century BC! There are three sizes and have been for hundreds of years, the standard, the miniature and the toy. The French were the ones who bred him more to how we see him today though and it was circuses and Gypsies who started the extravagant clipping styles that are still popular now.

He is a very intelligent dog, eager to please and has a great memory making him easy to train. He can be aloof with strangers but he is a warm hearted, affectionate and clownish dog in reality which makes him perfect for families, especially those with children.


The Schipper-Poo is a playful and happy small dog who can be mischievous. Sometimes that is quite entertaining and sometimes it will be frustrating. He is very loyal though and affectionate and loves to lap up all the attention and love he can get. His intelligence means he is good at getting up to things but also means training should go more smoothly. But he can be stubborn too! He is a sweet dog and makes a great addition to a family or as a companion to a couple or someone living on their own.

What does the Schipper-Poo look like

He is a medium sized dog weighing 20 to 40 pounds and standing 8 to 15 inches tall. However he can come in a smaller size at 12 to 18 pounds. He has a short muzzle, dark almond shaped eyes, ears that are pointy and a feathered head. His coat can be short, soft, flat and straight or it can be more wavy or Poodle like. He usually comes in black.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Schipper-Poo need to be?

He is a lively dog and likes to have some activity but in the scheme of active dogs he only registers as slightly active! A daily walk plus play time indoors or out would be a minimum. If you want to take him for a second walk though he would probably be happy to come along. Trips to a dog park would also be great. He could adapt to apartment living as long as he gets outside each day but access to a yard would be nice for him to play in. Be sure to include some mental activities or toys each day as well as doing physical ones.

Does he train quickly?

He is intelligent and can be easy to train but his stubbornness can stop him from being one of the quickest dogs to train. Be positive but firm and stay patient. Keep the training interesting for him and praise and reward him. Early training and socialization will ensure he is the best dog he can be, well rounded, a dog who listens to your commands and obeys and one who is at his best and happiest.

Living with a Schipper-Poo

How much grooming is needed?

If his coat is more like the Poodles then his shedding will be low but otherwise it may be more moderate. Therefore daily brushing as well as cleaning up after the hairs may be needed. Bathe him when he gets pretty dirty so that it is not happening too often which is not good for his skin. Brush his teeth at least two to three times a week. Wipe and check his ears once a week and clip his nails when they get too long. If you are not familiar with dog nails look them up before tackling this yourself or have it done at the vets or groomers.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He gets on well with children, he is usually friendly, playful and affectionate with them. As well as socializing your dog you should also teach your children how to touch and play with dogs in a safe way. With early socialization and training he should also be good with other dogs and pets.

General information

He is not a great watchdog so if you want a dog who will alert you to intruders or strangers this may not be the one for you. He barks rarely so is suitable even for apartments with noise regulations. He will need to eat high quality dog food in at least two meals a day. About 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups total should be right. The Schipper-Poo is good in most climates though he does not do well in either extreme.

Health Concerns

Two important things you can do when buying any dog is visit the puppy before buying to check on his health, the health of the other dogs there and the conditions they are kept in, and to ask to see health clearances for the parents. Potential health issues that could be passed on from his parents include Addisons, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIB, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, hip dysplasia and skin problems.

Costs involved in owning a Schipper-Poo

A puppy Schipper-Poo’s price is at the time of writng this article unknown. It is not a super common designer dog and we were unable to source any range of prices. Other costs though include things like a collar and leash, crate, carrier, chipping, neutering, blood tests, shots and deworming. That comes to between $455 to $500. Medical costs for basics each year come to between $460 to $560 for check ups, shots, flea prevention and pet insurance. Other basic costs for things like treats, training, food, toys and license come to between $355 to $455.


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The Schipper-Poo may not be an easy dog to find if this is the one for you. You should still be careful about who and where you buy from though. He will certainly bring a lot of life to your home and his cheekiness is easily balanced by how loving and affectionate he is. He would be a great companion for anyone.

Featured Image Credit: Left – everydoghasastory, Shutterstock; Right – Welshea, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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