Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Schipperke puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Schipperkes, the best dog food diet for feeding Schipperke puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Schipperke dog breed

Schipperke Health Problems and Raising a Schipperke Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Schipperkes:

Epilepsy and heart disease are the two "big guns" to be aware of in Schipperkes.

A lethal neurological disease (lysosomal storage disease) occurs in the breed, but fortunately is not very common.

The orthopedic disease that causes the most concern in Schipperkes, because of its severity, is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Other orthopedic diseases that occur in the breed are luxating patella (loose knees), elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 278 Schipperkes and found 4% dysplastic. Elbows were about the same – 4% of 27 elbow X-rays were dysplastic.

Eye diseases include cataracts (usually appearing later in life) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Skin diseases include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), follicular dysplasia, pemphigus, and in blue Schipperkes, color dilution alopecia.

Hypothyroidism also occurs in Schipperkes. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Schipperkes have low thyroid levels.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Schipperke?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Schipperkes today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Schipperke puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Schipperke puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Schipperke puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Schipperke lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Schipperke
The best diet for feeding your Schipperke is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Schipperke. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Schipperke
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Schipperke. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Schipperke puppy really need? Does your adult Schipperke need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Schipperke. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Schipperke. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Schipperke.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.