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Schipperkes are a delightful breed of dog, black in color with a ruff of fur around its neck. Some refer to these lively dogs as miniature shepherds. The breed originated in Belgium which is why the name is Dutch and very difficult to pronounce for English speakers if you follow Dutch rules.
The name has been anglicized. I have always heard the breed called ship:PERK in English (which is really a French pronunciation overlayed on a Dutch word), but while researching this entry I discovered it is also pronounced as SKIP:per:kee, which is a fair approximation of the Dutch.
I have given both English versions (I prefer the first, simply because that is the one I have always heard) as well as the Dutch. Regarding the latter, let me say that my Dutch is far from perfect, but at least you will have an idea of the original pronunciation.
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