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All About Keeshond

Description of a Keeshond

The Keeshond is a distinctive looking medium sized dog. It resembles many of the northern breeds such as the Samoyed and Spitz, both which are in its ancestory. The Keeshond has a very thick, dense coat that has a coarse outer coat over a very wooly undercoat. The breed comes in a variety of colors including gray, black and cream. Typically the undercoat is very light gray or cream, and the Keeshond's outer coat will lighten as the dog gets older. The tail is carried rolled tightly against the back and is well feathered. The back legs, front legs and ruff are all covered in longer hair. The face is very defined with a fox-like quality. The muzzle is well balanced and thin, and the eyes are oblique and chestnut in color. Most Keeshonds will have a lighter band around the eyes that tends to highlight them even more. The triangular shaped ears are carried pricked up at all times.

Temperament of a Keeshond

Keeshonds love to be with people and are excellent dogs for children. They are active an energetic but still easily trained and not nervous or timid. They will bark when someone unknown approaches so are a good watchdog, but will quickly accept new people as friends. The Keeshond is very easy to train and seems to enjoy learning tricks to please owners. They have a tendency to run in circles when they are excited, which is an endearing quality for this small yet personality filled dog. Usually a well socialized Keeshond will get along with other pets including cats and even indoor birds. They are social with other dogs when properly socialized and can make excellent companion pets for other breeds. The Keeshond prefers to be with people than to be left outdoors or along although they can tolerate some time alone.


Grooming & Shedding of a Keeshond

As with all double coated dog breeds the Keeshond has a heavy shed in the spring and fall months. Outside of these times they are an average shedder but do require daily grooming to keep their coats looking great. A stiff bristle brush, being careful to push the hair backwards then brush down with the direction of growth is all that is required. Combing backwards and allowing the hair to fall naturally will result in a fuller looking coat.

History of the Keeshond

Named after the Dutch revolutionary Kees de Gyselaer, the dog became the symbol of the average Dutch person during the revolution. Kees had a dog that resembled the modern Keeshond, and many people that supported his cause owned these dogs. After the patriots lost the battle against Dutch royalty the dog breed became less popular. The original Keeshonds were developed through breeding of Pomeranians, Samoyed, Chow-Chow and Elkhound breeds. In the 1920's the first Keeshond was brought to the United States where the breed immediately caught on as a companion dog.

Health Issues with a Keeshond

  • Major Concerns: none
  • Minor Concerns: epilepsy, skin conditions, hip dysplasia
  • Occasionally seen: renal cortical hypoplasia, tetralogy of Fallot, mitral valve insufficiency
  • Suggested tests: heart, hip

Characteristics of the Keeshond

Height 17-19 inches (44-48cm)
Weight 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg)
Lifespan 10-14 years
Exercise Medium
Apartment Yes – with regular exercise
Families Yes
Young Children Yes
Need exercise space Yes

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