The Schip-A-Pom, also known as the Pomerke, is a cross between a Schipperke and a Pomeranian. The Schipperke originated in Belgium in the 16th century where it was used as a herder. In World War II, the Belgian Resistance used the dogs to run messages between various resistance hideouts and cells. The other genetic branch of the Schip-A-Pom belongs to the Pomeranian, a breed that originated in Central and Eastern Europe. Popular with British royalty since the 18th century, the Pomeranian has enjoyed status as one of the most-loved breeds for years.
The Schip-A-Pom is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the International Designer Canine Registry.
The Schip-A-Pom is a medium-sized dog that comes primarily in black or black and white. Its fur is medium to long, and thick. This breed sheds regularly, so be prepared to vacuum often. Its appearance heavily depends on the genetic makeup of its parents and, like any crossbred, can vary.
The Schip-A-Pom is a relatively quiet dog that is good with kids but not the most reliable watchdog. The are playful and friendly and, like most herders, are known for their intelligence.
The Schip-A-Pom has a life expectancy of 12-15 years, about average for a medium dog. The Schip-A-Pom doesn’t need a great deal of exercise, so might be a good option for a person who travels for work or isn’t able to walk their dog every day. Health concerns are similar to most dog breeds; with semi-regular exercise and moderate grooming, no major health problems are likely to occur. Due to a dental condition common in Pomeranians, dry dog food is recommended.