schipperke

schipperke

[skip-er-kee, -kuh]
noun
one of a Belgian breed of small dogs having erect ears and a thick, black coat, originally used as a watchdog on boats in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Origin:
1885–90; < dialectal Dutch: little boatman, equivalent to schipper skipper1 + -ke -kin

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schipperke (ˈʃɪpəkɪ, ˈskɪp-)
 
n
a small Dutch breed of tailless dog with a foxy head, pricked ears, and usually a black coat
 
[C19: from Dutch, literally: little boatman (from its use as a guard dog on canal barges). See skipper1]

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