The Schipperke: Barge dogs of Belgium

Meet “Raisin,” a Belgian Schipperke.  Originally a small herding dog, in later years the Shipperke was known as a shopkeeper’s friend, and canal barge ratter.  Described as a “black, thickset square little dog,” these delightfully smart, busybody pups are “a big dog in a small package”.  Certainly Raisin was quite a character.  He and his other Schipperke buddies watched over the hustle and bustle of the Pet Expo with authoritative aplomb.  If you’d like to know more about the Belgian Schipperke, check out the Schipperke Club of America, or contact AngelsGate Schipperke Rescue and Animal Education.

And some additional Expo photos (last batch!):

Portuguese Water Dog (think Bo, the White House First Dog).
They were originally bred to drive fish into the nets of their owners.  

A Sheltie therapy dog.

A handsome Corgie.  I love these dapper gents!

Two beautiful Samoyed dogs, a breed originally used for herding and sled pulling.
DNA analysis has recently confirmed that the Samoyed is one of the fourteen most ancient dog breeds in the world. 

Time out for petting the puppy.

And a representative of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center with . . .
is that what I think it is?

Yes, a wolf!!

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14 Responses to The Schipperke: Barge dogs of Belgium

  1. Beautiful photos as always! I’ve never seen a domesticated wolf before, although I did recently come across an article on the rising popularity of the wolf-dog hybrid. Sadly, I think it may take a while before a person with a certain know-how comes to the rescue of the stunning wolf… and that begs me to ask: is it legal to keep a wolf? 8O

    • furfilled says:

      It’s my understanding that the legality of wolves and wolf-dog crosses varies from state to state. Wolf-dogs in general don’t make good pets … this is something that I hear time and time again. Even people who own wolf-dogs admit that they cannot be treated the same way as domesticated dogs. In one article I read, the author said that wolf-dogs don’t make good pets, but for some people, they make good companion animals. This particular wolf lives at an animal sanctuary, which is a different sort of situation, but I don’t know much about the facility. One thing to keep in mind too is that a lot of people who claim to be selling wolf-dog crosses are actually selling husky, and other wolfy-looking breed mixes. A ton of people I meet swear that my dog must be part wolf (and I just laugh – internally). I love and admire wolves, but in my opinion, the average person just isn’t capable of meeting the needs of these animals. I’m curious what other readers think!

      • My thoughts exactly. Wolves are beautiful creatures that exhibit similar traits to a dog, but that does not mean they are suited for a life as a pet. It’s so disheartening when wolf-dogs end up being abandoned by their owners because of the reasons you’ve mentioned. I’m glad to hear that the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center is providing a permanent home for their resident wolf-dogs. In my imagined and ideal world, such sanctuaries would never be necessary :D

  2. ann says:

    Raisin’s name suits him so well :D And look at those golden wolf eyes…mesmerizing!

  3. I love Samoyed dogs! What beautiful creatures. They kind of remind me of Toki! :D

  4. Raisin is adorable! So is the corgi :)

    – Michelle & Toby
    @ My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much

  5. Benny & Lily says:

    cute kids!
    Benny & Lily

  6. I didn’t know the Shipperke was from Belgium.

    That wolf is amazing!

  7. Kas says:

    Wow — that wolf is just stunning!! His golden eyes are mesmerizing.

  8. Luciana says:

    WoW! I want a wolf!!! beautiful!

  9. jen says:

    awesome photo montage of the expo dogs. You captured the expression of that Corgi so perfectly – every Corgi I’ve ever met has that face!!

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