PLEASE OH please do NOT body clip your Schipperke!!!!

    As shown below, a $6 mortar mixing tub from Lowes or Home Depot  works great.  They need to be able to immerse themselves safely.

2. DRINKING WATER: They need two or more buckets of water to drink from (in case they tip one over.  Be sure to clip or tie to a fence in the shade or immovable object.  Be sure they can't get their collar caught on it.

3. SHADE: They need SHADE.  Put their water in the shade, be sure they have plenty of access to cool shade with air circulation. 

4. WET SAND: A tub of wet sand is a real plus and they love to dig in it and hunker down to get cool.  It will also help save your garden.

5. OFFER AIR CONDITIONED INDOORS for him/her to cool off. 

Schipperkes can handle hot summer heat with no problems or special grooming, provided they have shade and plenty of drinking water and a wading pool to cool off in, and a tub of wet sand will be further beneficial.

Body clipping your Schip is not only UNdesirable, it is detrimental to them as well, exposing their skin to insects and sunscald by removing their natural covering and protection.  In addition, the healthy bacteria living on their skin will be wiped out when the protective covering of hair is removed.  Their coat may not grow back as it was before.  
More on Our Schipperkes. . . . .

A Few Words on SCHIPPERKES .....

First of all, though small they have no small dog tendencies.  As Isabel Ormiston,  eminent breeder of the Kelso Schipperkes,   said in the 1920's: "They are a very big dog in a very small package".  Mentally, they are like small Rottweilers or German Shepherds.  Don't let their cute, beguiling looks and diminutive size fool you! 

Schipperkes are very, very intelligent, known to be stubborn,  are funny - clever - entertaining, love their owners and want to be the best dog you will ever own.  Training is a snap if you are consistent.   We highly recommend the techniques of Cesar Millan and William Koehler.  These true trainers know  dogs inside and out and Schipperkes respond immediately to his techniques.  With Schipperkes, either you train them or they'll train you.  It's not rocket science.

DO NOT take a Schip to a "treat based" trainer or "positive only" trainer.  That said, some are better than others.  The tendency will be for the Schp to run the show, and these "trainers"  will then get frustrated and label them as "untrainable" or "out of control".   How do I know this??  I have taken back more than one Schip who was considered so out of control the owners were told they were "untrainable" and needed to be put down.  WITHOUT EXCEPTION, each one,  after less than 20 minutes of simple, firm obedience work,  could not be made to misbehave or take their eyes off me, even being worked in the goat pen admist the herd or in our chicken yards,  with plenty of distractions!  And this is after less than 20 minutes  with me.   And I'm not cosmic. After working with their owners on these simple concepts, these dogs went home to a renewed life in competent hands.  The simple training they received here and instruction to their owners has made for a complete, life-long change.   Each of these dogs had a list of sins a mile long, including incessant barking, soiling in the house, biting owners, guests and children, food posession, incessant activity  and so on.  In EACH case, once the Schip viewed their owner(s) as their pack leaders and their owners were willing to take that position and learn proper obedience work with the right equipment, every one of these mis-behaviors disappeared permanently.  

Anyone can train a Schipperke.  Your only tools need be your willingness and ability to educate yourself and take the leadership position  consistently, and use a  martingale style choke collar (nylon collar with triangular chain attachment to leash) ) and a 6 foot 3/4" heavy leather leash, which is easy on your hand and can be used to smack aggressive dogs across their face who are trying to attack your Schip. (This happens more now as unskilled people have more large, powerful dogs they can't control). The martingale style collar releases immediately after a correction, as opposed to a regular choke chain which does not always release properly.  This is important, as the snap/correction simulates the bite on the neck of the pack leader, and the release is their reward for changed behavior.  It must be immediate.    Never use a "flexi" or retractable lead at any time, they are worthless, don't own one; and do not use a nylon lead of any kind as they can burn your hand if they get pulled out, and if out walking they are worthless to smack onto an aggressive dog trying to attack your smaller dog.

During the World Wars, Schipperkes  were used by the Belgian Resistance to run messages back and forth through enemy Russian lines, and not one was ever caught.  You won't see a Pekinese do that!  Very single minded and determined, Schipperkes  are by nature suspicious of strangers, and will warm to them on their own terms.  Watching their owner's body language, they will accept strangers; thus the importance of socialization and being an owner who is clearly being their pack leader.  Remember, they were bred to guard barges and run off intruders. 

Schipperkes want to be with their owners and involved in whatever they are doing , being  very adaptable in this regard.  

Do they shed? Yes, generally twice a year.  The good news: they get it over with within days.  Do they bark? Yes, they are concerned for the welfare of their family and will alert you to odd doings.  If they are bored and frustrated, it can escalate into habitual barking, but if you are doing your job as a responsible owner mindful of their needs, this and almost any other poblem will never  be an issue.  Their needs are: exercise - discipline/leadership - affection in that order!!   IF YOU CAN'T FULFILL THESE REQUIREMENTS please be honest with all concerned and DO NOT get a Schipperke.  

I believe 99.9% of dog problems are owner error caused.  When you point the finger at the dog, there are three more pointing back at you.  Before you get your pup, set down clearly what is acceptable and what is not and stick to it.  Discipline your pup appropriately the first time unacceptable behavior is noted, not after the tenth time.  Don't get after them one time, and then let the same thing go another time.  Be consistent. Everyone in the family must be in pack leader position and all be consistent and agree on the rules. Schipperkes  are extremely smart.  If you're not running the show, they will.  Hands down.  Have clearly defined rules - boundaries - limitations and have everyone in the family stick to them consistently.  

We care very deeply about our pups and their new owners' success, and want to see their lives blessed by their new puppy as much as ours are.  We are here to help, just pick up the phone and call (best!), or turn on ye olde family computer and shoot an email.  Or text.  Just do it!  The only dumb question is the one not asked.

And, if you are ever unable to care for your Schipperke, or your circumstance changes that you must give him or her up, or for ANY other reason, we will take him/her back at any time for any reason.   They may always return home.

So if this sounds like the breed for you...give me a call, let's talk.  

A note  on Tiny  Buttons~ in a big litter, or any litter for that matter, there may be, for whatever reason, a "runt" or one who needs a little (or a lot) extra attention.

Tiny was born a good 12 hours before his seven  littermates;  at night outside on the hard, cold ground (mama dog, what were you thinking??  Let you out to relieve yourself but not that kind of relief!) But we were awaiting their arrival and rescued him.  He lived on goat colostrum via bottle for several days, was in with his littermates though had troubles nursing well.  At one point he inhaled milk (a lot), and promptly went on antibiotics as pneumonia prevention. 

He passed his well pup check at 4 weeks, but suddenly couldn't take a bottle at 5 weeks.  Back to the vet, at which time the cleft palate was found (as bad as it gets, completely split front to back).  That explained a lot!  For the next week he got his formula (see below, right) by 1 ml. syringe on his tongue, with lots of nose wiping. He had surgery at 5 weeks and started on Science Diet AD canned food, licked from my finger.  Healing was amazing, almost complete. Praise God! 

Don't give up on these little guys!!Give life a chance, always.  You'll be so glad you did, and will be well blessed in the long run.

Our Schipperkes are AKC registered, your assurance of the highest standard in pedigreed dogs, and guaranteed free of genetic defects. They are raised in our home and socialized from an early age to people and other animals.  They live with us, being part of our daily lives.  They get plenty of exercise on a daily basis, working stock on the ranch or accompanying us on a horseback ride.  We rely on them for predator alerts and help with livestock.   They have important jobs on the ranch. 

We infrequently have a litter, and pay particular attention to  individual traits, both attitude and conformation and correct breed type. We are confident that a Kunic Ranch Schippeke will be a pleasure and delight to your family for many years to come. Exceedingly intelligent and  highly trainable, they will mature into calmly energetic, obedient adults. Though as a breed they can be strong willed, their loyalty and devotion to their family can never be questioned. Without a doubt,  they will quickly win your heart and give credence to the adage,  "once a Schipperke owner,alwaysa Schipperke owner". 

We are available for 24/7 tech support 365 days a year. We provide our 30+ page puppy  booklet  containing information pertinent to Schipperkes and their care, also a health redord for each pup and photos of their parents and group litter photo. Each puppy is provided with it's own individual AKC Registration Application, your assurance of the highest quality purebred registry and the only one which will not accept undocumented parents. Our pups have all been vet checked and found free of any health issues, and will give their new owners many years of enjoyment and companionship. Our pups are sold with an understanding that they will be spayed/neutered and obedience trained so they will be simply the best canine buddies you will ever have the pleasure to know.  

Known as "Little Captains", their origin is as Belgian barge dogs. Schipperkes are THE ideal choice for family enjoyment.  They mature at 10 to 16 pounds, which makes them a convenient "travel size".  Happy and intelligent, they are quick and easy to train, patient with children and good "buddies".  They get along well with other animals and are excellent watch dogs. Whatever their family is doing, they'd like to be a part of it...or  run the whole show if given a chance.. As puppies, they sure look like "Little Bears" and we think you'll agree!
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A wagonfull of "happy campers" at theKunic Ranch.  The little guy with the ears down just hadn't yet developed the ear cartilage for them to stand up, and frequently at about 6-8 weeks of age little Schipperke ears will do this.  They all stand up by 10 weeks or so.  Tiny Buttons is the little guy with his paws hanging over the front edge. 

Raising a pup with a cleft is no small feat, but the formula you feed makes a HUGE difference. Our homemade whole-food formula has 11 cals/ml,, compare with Esbilac at 1 cal/ml.  Here it is:

In a 1 Quart mason jar:
2 cups Trader Joe's Organic European yogurt (full fat yogurt, creamy smooth, may use any brand)
1 raw egg yolk (NO white, it is not digestible)
1 Tbs Karo Syrup

Mix well, then add...

2 cups Goat Milk
and stir well.
Keep in fridge up to 5 days.

Warm small amounts in hot water or on stove, NOT in microwave or  you'll kill the beneficial yogurt culture and cook the egg.  

Feed newborns slowly with a 1 ml syringe,  I feed every two hours, 24 hours a day for the first 2-3 days.  Drink lots of coffee (you, not the pup). . A pet nurser nipple can be fitted to the end of a syringe for older pups.  The syringe works better than a bottle as flow can be regulated and will prevent aspiration.

If you have a little guy who needs extra calories, use one can of condensed goat milk instead of fresh and you will increase the calorie content.

Your pups will look as plump as dam raised and you do not need to limit the amount fed as they will not get diarrhea on this formula.

This formula is also appropriate for kittens.

 AKC Champion Karric's Walk The Line
In the 1920's, the woman largely responsible for bringing the Schipperke  to America was Isabel Ormiston of Kelso Kennels.  She considered them "The best small dog ever" and we completely agree.
Mora of San Francisco with her new pup, Nutmegg!
Schiperkes make great family members.  This is Bode, who also resides in San Francisco. 
Gabby has found a friend!
Kids and Schips go together.

It is a busy Fall as we have several lovely litters of Schipperkes  ready to warm your heart!    It is always such a blessing to see the little guys thriving with full tummies and a proud, contented moms.

 These days, we start the training of our Schip pups early, using Jane Killion's "Puppy Culture" method.  The results are astounding!  These pups are already showing a tendency to be easier to train, having been started early when their little minds are most pliable  and accepting.  As an added bonus, they are virtually 100% litter box trained which is a huge step toward easier housetraining.  The big thing to remember is that they are still Schipperkes, and though they will have a tendency to be more willing to please and easier to train than many of their bretheren, it doesn't make them those doting, easy to train Border Collies.... it still means that they are true to their heritage and will still be likely to show  extremely independent thinking and strong willed strategies.  All you have to be is smarter than them and one step ahead and it's all good.

 In a few weeks, they will be well on their way to socialization skills , and when ready to leave home they will have had their first immunizations, AKC papers,health record, be paper trained, and have our Schipperke Puppy book on printed pages.   When you purchase a pup from us, we hope you will stay in touch through the years, and know that we are always here to help you with your Schip in any way we can at any time.  Our pups are $1200 and health guaranteed.
Our Puppies... the little guys.

Puppies born Sept. 10
Several still
available, accepting
"You Gotta watch out for these things, you just can't trust 'em!  They peck"
Scout's words of wisdom.
Tiny Buttons at 4 weeks, about 11 ounces, at the time of his surgery.
Tiny Buttons today.
​Provide a tub of water in a cool location for your Schip to cool off in.  This is a $6.00  mortar mixing tub from Lowe's.
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Our Schipperkes.....
"Pssst!  I'm telling you, let's ditch, she'll never figure it out.......we can get the truck keys and go!"

Not only possible, but absolutely necessary.


First, let's acknowledge that since prehistoric times, dogs have been in packs; they are hardwired to be pack animals and adhere to those instincts.  Sooo....

DO NOT talk "baby talk" or high pitched voice to your pup or dog.  Why?  Because dogs are PACK animals, their understanding is it's "survival of the PACK", NOT the individual.  So What does that matter?  Well, if you talk high pitched baby talk to your pup, you are telling him, from day one, that you are so glad he is here to be the pack leader.  You are telling him by your voice that you are unfit, weak, unstable and not worthy of leading the pack to food, safety or surviving.  That's going to make any dog nervous, because, being pack animals, someone has to be the leader, so if no one shows leadership, the dog will instinctively rise to be the leader which, in a human's view, will be a dog who is potentially aggressive,  destructive, anxious, out of control or basically just a "bad egg".   The dog will then be labeled as "unsocial", "aggressive" or other bad terms BECAUSE he had a bad puppyhood, is inbred, came from a bad neighborhood, etc etc when in fact this is HUMAN CAUSED.  It will be an icy day in the Caribbean when you hear humans, as a group, admit that maybe they have been a major cause of  the problems.  But that's 99.9% the cause.

NEVER try to comfort a dog who is anxious or fearful as you would a child.  They are NOT children.  If you soothe and pet at that time, you will be rewarding your dog for that anxious or fearful behavior.  Whatever you praise, you will get more of and more intensely.   So if you are out walking and your dog becomes scared or anxious, you need to model calm, assertive energy, radiating confidence and calmness so your dog will look at the leader (you), and since you do not show any fear, he will decide everything is ok and problem solved.  And, remember, LOOSE leash, not tight or firmly held.  The tension or anxiety in you will zip right down that leash to your pooch.  This is a key point, folks.

And no flexi-leads; you have zero control.  If your dog is pulling you along (why harnesses are not good to use)  and you see his butt, guess what?  He's the leader, you are a follower.  He should be beside or behind  you.  If all he does is sniff when you are walking, since their brain is 60% scent oriented, you are left with 40% to work with.  Walks should be a "migration", not a sniffing/tracking session unless you are training for that. 

DO praise and reward a calm dog who is relaxed, do make your dog do a relaxed sit before feeding (food is a big time reward).  Do pet and massage (shoulders to rear) when they are calm and relaxed.

Clearly set the rules, boundaries and limitations and ALL humans in the home must uphold these so as a group you are 100% consistent.  Agree on all this ahead of time.   If all aren't on board for this, then DON'T get a Schipperke.  Pack leaders make all the decisions, such as:  if it will be OK for the dog to be on the couch, then YOU invite him up (he is a follower, he can't make that decision), and YOU tell him when to leave.  You don't come home and find him up on the couch with his cronies unless you all agree that he can be up anytime he wants (NOT recommended).   You pay the taxes, you make the decisions.  And it's your couch, you bought it, not him (unless he dragged one home from the outdoors).

When problems arise, face them head on and deal with the issue.  DO NOT sidestep issues and DO NOT GIVE TIMEOUTS, that is one of the most stupid things you can do and dogs do not understand this at all.  Seriously, have you ever seen a coyote sitting on a rock doing a "time out"?  

If you watch enough Cesar Millan ( Dog Whisperer, Cesar 911, Dog Nation etc) episodes, you will start to see a recurrent theme and increase your pack leader skills greatly.   If your dog barks excitedly at guests, don't banish him to the bathroom or feebly try to hold him back as you open the door and he continues to go ballistic.  Instead, claim the space around the door, move into his space to back him up, physically block him, work up to sending him back further to a specific spot (bed).  If necessary, put a slip lead on him, touch on sides to redirect his mind every time the doorbell rings and maintain your calm assertive attitude.  Maybe set up a situation so you can work on this; if done well, you can squelch this with just a few lessons as long as the humans can change their skills for the better.  

Also, guests need to be taught proper dog etiquette: No touch, no talk, no eye contact.  After your dog has sniffed them over is when they can approach.  Some dogs just couldn't care less about guests, but this is the protocol for those that do.  And remember, NO high pitched baby talk.

Some points to remember when around your dog(s): Pack leaders make all decisions.  Dogs are not verbal, so they read your body language constantly.  Like it or not, whenever you are around your dog, you are carrying on a conversation through body language.  The master of this is Cesar Millan, he won't steer you treats, no gimmicks, no crap.   There are no excuses for us either, because Cesar has tons of DVDs out there, available used too, and new ones on his website, and episodes free on YouTube.  Also a free email newsletter. 

Either you train them, or they'll train you.  Dang, these are smart dogs!

Get off your butt and be pro-active.  Deal with any issues immediately.  Your dog will thank you for this; all they really want is a balanced pack leader (or leader family) so they can feel secure and cared for.  As my son told me,  "Mom, thanks for not letting me get away with anything".   It works on kids, too.

Here we go....
Best to talk on the phone, it helps me to understand your needs, expectations and situation.  This is critical to get you the pup that will best fit your lifestyle and abilities.  You can also contact me by email and text.  

If You Decide to Adopt.....
A purchase of NuVetPlus Supplement is required for all puppy purchases.  it is ta high  quality supplement and the only one clinically proven to help boost a puppy's developing immune system.  Smart owners keep their Schips on this for a lifetime,  and I highly recommended that .  I truly believe it promotes health long into advanced age.  It is so far superior to anything available at the pet stores and that's a fact.

How Deposits Work.....
After we chat, if you decide that you're committed to a lifetime companion in the form of a little black dynamo, realizing of course that from here out your life will never be the same, then a $100 deposit will secure you a pup.  It is deducted off the purchase price.  If you place your deposit before they are born, and you specifically want a male or a female and one does not appear in that litter, and you are firm on your decision, then you will have to be patient and wait for the next litter until that gender appears.  If you want one gender, but when you come out to see the pups you decide you want the opposite, IF I can accomodate the change I will, but if all are taken, you will have to wait.  Should you change your mind and, say, go adopt a Pekinese, that is your decision and you forfeit your deposit.  Should you have a situation come up where it is not a good time for a pup, you may just move your deposit to a future pup or you may forfeit it.  You never really lose your deposit and I am as flexible as possible.  Deposits are not refunded unless we decide we will never have another Schipperke litter ever.   

A Week Before Pick-Up, Send Some Old Socks....​
A good idea so your pup becomes accustomed with you through scent first, so when you actually show up he is already familiar with you through your scent.

Puppy Pick Up.....
 I will not hand over a pup to anyone but the new owner.  I will not ship my Schipperkes...why??  Because a pup is  not like a crate of zucchini, I do not ship.  I do not think that a deafeningly loud, noisy, dark, cold cargo bay is where a pup or Schip belongs.  If flying, it is far superior to bring them back in a soft sided carrier under your seat, and turn the experience into one of bonding.   And I think it is absolutely important that you meet me and I you, in person, where I can answer any initial questions thoroughly and your new pup has time to get acquainted with new owners in a low stress, familiar environment.  You can meet the parents and relatives, usually pick out your own pup,  and will be provided with your pup's Health Record to date, New Owner Information, Puppy Tips Booklet, bag of food, AKC Registration app, and any other pertinent information.   Also, if you fly out to get your pup, it truly is almost the same cost as having one shipped but so, so so much better for the Schip.  And, that's why I do it. 

I encourage you to contact me with any questions. 

Deborah     (805) 975-5736

For more information on adoption please see bottom of page
We have puppies!
All our puppies are AKC registered, born and raised in our home, dewormed regularly,  well socialized, guaranteed free of genetic disorders, sold on a spay/neuter contract and current on all age-appropriate  vaccinations.  We give our Puppy Help Booklet  as well, and are always available to help in any way.  We know each one's unique temperament and inclinations and can help you pick your exact right lifetime companion .  Price $1200
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PUPPIES:  Three adorable male puppies born September 10, 2018, they will be fabulous companion dogs, ready to bring joy and fun to your home.   

SEVERAL YOUNG ADULTS are also available.  Adopting a Schip past puppyhood is best done with a visit over several days. First visit so you both become acquainted with one another and take a nice walk on the ranch.  Then the next day to return and spend some time, another walk, more getting to know one another so everyone is more comfortable at departure time.  A Schip takes time to transfer owners, and few will be overjoyed at the thought initially.  Thus a several day visit is best.  A very fine B&B is available just down the road.