The Schipperke colors range includes black, chocolate, tan, cream, apricot, blue, red, ivory, white, gold, dilute, bicolor, and tricolor. Sometimes, they can display spots of different colors too. Most prefer black Schipperke color. It is because of this color that the show dogs of the Schipperke breed are usually named “dark”, “night”, and “midnight”.
The breeders support all Schipperke colors; sometimes they even charge extra for a “rare” Schipperke color. But honestly, it all depends on genes. So, it is better to do a check before taking the breeder’s word for it.
Genetic Configuration of Non-Black Schipperkes
Colours in Schipperkes are determined by two gene pairs: there is the “B” gene that generates a black coat, and the “E” gene that results in the formation of a dark coloured coat. A schipperke has two of each of these genes. In dogs that have a “b” gene instead of a “B” gene, non-black coats are produced. This leads to the production of brown or blue coats. When the “e” gene occurs instead of an “E” gene it prevents the formation of dark pigment in the hair. In the event that both genes in the locus are “e”, a light coat is generated.
If your schipperke has at least one “E” gene, this means they can have black in the coat. This is the most common color in this breed. These breeds of dogs are loving and devoted and hence are ideal family dogs. They can quickly get along with other dogs, and they get along with cats exceptionally well. They are known to be noisy dogs, and they bark not only for entertainment but also as an alert, which makes them excellent watchdogs. They have moderate grooming needs and have a low tendency to dig.
White Schipperkes have a white coat with a lighter nose. Their nose might lose color as they grow older. Some schipperkes have a darker shade of white or a little more shade of red that makes them look pale white like cream. It is more of recessive red than a solid white. The genes show that black is a dominant color in Schipperke dogs while other colors like red and white are not dominant.
The Blue Schipperke is not completely blue. It has a diluted black coat and dark blue eyes and nose. But there is a dark side to this color, as it often comes with some pretty serious health issues like alopecia. It has some autoimmune problems. This is believed to be genetic, and it can occur with the blue gene
A brown Schipperke’s small size and easy-care coat make them more attractive than the commonly available black Schipperke. It generally has stubborn tendencies as compared to the black variety. A newbie owner can face some difficulty training them without the help of an experienced trainer. They are intelligent and are curious in nature and can adapt to any home or even high-rise apartments as long as there is plenty of room for them to move about.
Schipperke’s Color Distinction
As per genetic chart, your Schipperke litters stand a chance to breed black or other solid colors of they have one copy of the “E” gene. Sometimes, they have a black color nose, if not whole black color. They can be chocolate, almond, and even bicolor. Speaking of which, white Schipperke in America has spots of other colors. Whole white color Schipperke can more likely the spotted in England. As per England and Australian standards, white and other Schipperke colors are as acceptable as black ones.
Whatever color your Schipperke is, you are never going to experience a dull moment with them. Their perkiness goes beyond their looks. If you are considering a Schipperke for a new family addition or found a homeless one, don’t think twice.