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Schipperke (Flemish; “little skipper”), Belgian breed of dog once used to guard canal barges. Descended from the Leauvenaar, a black sheep dog, it is a short, stout dog, often tailless, with a foxlike head and a thick black coat, standing 12–13 in (30.5–33 cm) and weighing about 15 lb (7 kg).

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