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The Schipperke coat is abundant, straight and slightly harsh to the touch. The softer undercoat is dense and short on the body and is very dense around the neck, making the ruff stand out. The coat pattern for the Schipperke is unique. The adult coat is highly characteristic and must include several distinct lengths growing naturally in a specific pattern. The coat is short on the face, ears, front of the forelegs and on the hocks; it is medium length on the body, and longer in the ruff, cape, jabot and culottes. The ruff begins in back of the ears and extends completely around the neck; the cape forms an additional distinct layer extending beyond the ruff; the jabot extends across the chest and down between the front legs. The hair down the middle of the back, starting just behind the cape and continuing over the rump, lies flat. It is slightly shorter than the cape but longer than the hair on the sides of the body and sides of the legs. The coat on the rear of the thighs forms culottes, which should be as long as the ruff.
The Schipperke is curious, interested in everything around him, and is an excellent and faithful little watchdog. He is reserved with strangers and ready to protect his family and property if necessary. He displays a confident and independent personality, reflecting the breed's original purpose as watchdog and hunter of vermin.
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|Detangling/Dematting||Apply full strength Moisture Plus liberally to the mat. Wait 15 minutes. Pull mat gently apart with fingers or comb.|
|Dry, damaged Coat||Our version of a hot oil treatment: Wet dog with warm water, applyMoisture Plus liberally. Wrap in hot towel for 15-20 minutes. Shampoowith Moisturizing Shampoo and rinse.|
|Increase Undercoat||Line brush daily with Maxicare as soon as dog is finished shedding|
|Showing on a hot, dry day||Use Maxicare as your only coat dressing|
|Showing without full undercoat||Texturizing Mist (diluted 50:50 with water) while line brushing will hold coat up long enough for judging.|
|Extra Volume||Super Coat (diluted 50-50 with water) while line brushing. If very humid try Texturizing Mist instead.|
|Shedding around house||Spray with Maxicare and brush daily. Be sure to get down to skin.Nothing will prevent shedding completely. It is a normal, necessaryprocess for these breeds.|