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A small stocky dog of a breed developed in Belgium, having dense long black fur and small pointed ears.
[Flemish, diminutive of schipper, skipper (from the dog's use as a watchdog on a boat), from Middle Dutch; see skipper1.]
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(Breeds) 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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schip•per•ke(ˈskɪp ər ki, -kə)
one of a Belgian breed of small dogs with a foxlike head, erect ears, and a thick black coat.
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