For those who want to bring a new dog into their lives, information is worth more than gold.
Being stuck with a dog that isn’t right for you will be character building at the least, and downright annoying at the very worst.
Thankfully, we’re here to help you with our series of complete guides on dog breeds.
Today, we’ll be looking at an intentional designer breed, the Schip-A-Pom.
As you may know, designer breeds are a common occurrence in the world of small dogs, and this breed is no exception.
The two dogs that are crossed in this mix are the Pomeranian and the Schipperke.
You may be wondering exactly what I’ll be going over in this guide, and it ranges from things like behavior to how much exercise your dog will need every day.
First off, we’ll discuss some of the things that you should know before you even get a puppy of this breed.
Schip-A-Pom Puppies – Before You Buy…
If you are looking for a puppy to add to your family, the Schip-A-Pom is an excellent choice.
But, before deciding just based on their looks, it is essential to learn as much as you can about this breed to be completely sure that you want them.
Once a dog becomes attached to you the harder it will be to change your decision, so be sure beforehand.
What Price are Schip-A-Pom Puppies?
Depending on what area you buy your Schip-A-Pom, the price can range from $300 to $700.
Naturally, the price will be higher according to the demand and popularity of this dog breed in your area.
It is important to know this beforehand so you will not be surprised when you go and meet the dog in person.
It is also important to stay in your budget so you will be able to afford the other things that are needed to care for a puppy such as training pads to help with accidents, puppy food, and anything else that you may need to care for something as delicate as a puppy.
Where to Find Reputable Schip-A-Pom Breeders?
To find reputable breeders, look online and see if any near you are trustworthy.
Browsing online also gives you the option of seeing how others that have bought puppies from them feel about their services.
Be sure to check official websites as well, such as the American Kennel Club, for suggestions and great advice.
After choosing a breeder to buy from, make an appointment to go to their house or kennel to learn first hand how the puppy acts.
The cleanliness is one thing that you want to take note of on your first visit to the puppy’s home.
If the place is not very clean, it may mean that the breeder is not doing everything they can to take care of the puppy.
Another thing to take note of is the parents of the litter of puppies to see how they behave and interact with the breeders.
The way they act and look will give you a better idea of how the puppy will be when they grow up.
A breeder that is trustworthy will also have information on any shots that the puppies may have or general information about their health.
3 Little-Known Facts About Schip-A-Pom Puppies
- The Schip-A-Pom is a designer hybrid breed, which means that they are a dog breed bred with two different types of dogs solely for companionship. Combining the best traits from the Pomeranian and the Schipperke has created a dog that is adorable with an equal mixture of sassiness and sweetness.
- Information on the origin of the Schip-A-Pom is scarce since no one knows where and when they came to be. But, dog experts can learn more about this dog breed through learning about their parent breeds. The Pomeranian was bred in the 1800s, and the Schipperke was popular way back in the 1600s, so the Schip-A-Pom could have been bred any time from the early 1900s to now.
- The Pomeranian became popular when discovered by Queen Victoria who became so enamored with this dog breed that she wanted her personal one to be with her when she died. This shows the impact that these beautiful dogs have on people. The Schipperke was bred to help fishermen and artisans but soon became popular when people found out that they make good show dogs due to their intelligence and good looks. The Schip-A-Pom takes both of these traits from their parent breeds.
Physical Traits of the Schip-A-Pom
The Schip-A-Pom is not as unpredictable as other hybrid dog breeds out there when it comes to looks.
Since both the Pomeranian and the Schipperke both derive from the Spitz, they look pretty similar to each other with the only differences being their size and coats.
The Schip-A-Pom will be a small dog breed that has features that closely resemble the fox, and, according to whichever parent breed they take after most, their muzzle can be either long or shorter in length.
They will have a double coat, making their coats dense. While the undercoat will tend to be more on the smooth side, the outer coat will be more coarse and will require daily brushing.
Their eyes are dark brown and can either be oval or almond-shaped and will have black noses.
Their ears will be little triangles that stick upon their heads, becoming more erect when they are alert. The Schip-A-Pom’s coat colors are black, brown, sable, blue, isabella, cream, and red.
How Big is a Full-Grown Schip-A-Pom?
Coming from a small dog breed, the Pomeranian, and a medium-sized dog breed, the Schipperke, the Schip-A-Pom will be in the middle of these two sizes with a height from 8 to 10 inches and a weight of 6 to 12 pounds.
When Pomeranians were first bred, they were big, weighing up to thirty pounds. When you compare that with their size now, that is a pretty big difference.
If the Pomeranian stayed that size, the Schip-A-Pom would be much larger.
Imagining a Pomeranian that big is very interesting a little funny, but most of us love their small size too much to think about it for long.
You can expect your Schip-A-Pom to reach their full growth potential at 12 months old.
What is the Schip-A-Pom’s Life Expectancy?
Like many dog breeds out there, the Schip-A-Pom can live up to 15 years as long as you take care of them with the right amount of love and exercise.
Despite the health issues that are usually seen with this dog breed (which will be discussed later in the guide), they can live very happy and fulfilling lives as long as you remain by their side.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Schip-A-Pom
The Schip-A-Pom is a sassy dog that has a lot of personalities and has a very mischievous side.
At first, their stubbornness may be adorable and a sign of their intelligence since they can think for themselves, but when you realize that they are not listening to basic commands, you may have a problem on your hands.
Teaching these pups at an early age is crucial if you want to remain the head of the household.
Because of their stubborn behavior, you will have to be very patient since training them may take a little longer to do than other dog breeds.
With early socialization, the Schip-A-Pom will be able to get along with other dogs but will still have to be supervised.
The same goes for any small children that play with the dog.
This dog breed tends to get irritated and snappy when handled the wrong way, so you may want to teach children how to behave around them or to avoid them altogether.
The Schip-A-Pom’s Diet
The Schip-A-Pom will need about a cup of dog food a day to stay happy and energetic.
It is recommended that you invest in high-quality dog food, no matter the price since you will get a lot more nutrients than buying cheaply made dog food.
It is also possible to feed them according to the raw food diet.
How Much Exercise Does the Schip-A-Pom Need?
This dog breed will need a moderate amount of exercise a day, which is up to 45 minutes of activity to maintain their energy levels.
This can be done in small increments throughout the day through walks and playtime.
Schip-A-Pom Health and Conditions
The Schip-A-Pom is predisposed to quite a few health conditions as a breed, so keep an eye out for any signs of these issues early on to help prevent them from worsening.
- Sick Sinus Syndrome
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
- Patellar Luxation
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Tracheal Collapse
My Final Thoughts on the Schip-A-Pom
The Schip-A-Pom is a small dog with a big attitude and is also caring, energetic, and loyal to their owners.
They can be sweet when needed and love to play, but because of the mischievous and stubborn nature, they are not recommended for first-time dog owners unless you are up for a challenge.
Thank you for reading.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Schip-A-Pom Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Schip-A-Pom
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Schip-A-Pom
- The Schip-A-Pom’s Diet
- Schip-A-Pom Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Schip-A-Pom