any of a breed of small dog with a dense, black coat forming a ruff about the neck, a foxlike head, and erect ears: traditionally the tail is docked
Origin of schipperkeFl, little skipper, diminutive of schipper (see skipper): from earlier use of the breed as watchdogs on canalboats
A small stocky dog of a breed developed in Belgium, having dense long black fur and small pointed ears.
Origin of schipperkeFlemish diminutive of schipper skipper (from the dog's use as a watchdog on a boat) from Middle Dutch; see skipper 1.
Dutch, diminutive of schipper, skipper, from its use on boats.