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Description: The Keeshond (plural is Keeshunden, pronounced "kayz-hond") is a natural, handsome dog who resembles the spitz of the northern breeds with their richly plumed tail that curls over their back and their thick coat. They are short, sturdy dogs, and have been referred to as the "Overweight Pomeranian" in Victorian England. They are quite furry, with profuse hair and short prick ears. They are the most popular large spitz type breed in England and North America. Their sharp, clear bark make them good watch dogs, but they don't have a mean bone in their body and are affectionate and loving companions. They can be stubborn and willful, however. Keeshonds happy dogs, often called the "smiling Dutchman" for their perpetual good-natured grin. They are easy going, independent, and compliant with firm and consistent guidance. Keeshonds are clean animals, relatively low maintenance, and an alert and personable disposition.
Other Names: German Wolf Spitz, Foxdog, Fik, Dutch Barge Dog, Chien Loup, Smiling Dutchman, Overweight Pomeranian
Type: Northern Breeds
Height: 17 -19
of gray, black, and cream; the undercoat is pale. They are often wolf gray,
with lighter shades on the head and undersides, and with "spectacles" around
are independent, affectionate and alert. They make good watchdogs. They are
self willed, and need proper training and firm but positive instruction to ensure
compliance. They are friendly with everyone, fun loving and happy. They get
along well with children and other pets. They are eager to learn, intelligent
and highly trainable.
Watch-dog: Very High. They
have especially good hearing.
Care and Training:
Keeshonds require weekly brushing of their long coat with a stiff bristle brush.
Take special care as ticks are hard to locate in their dense undercoat. Bathe
or dry shampoo only when necessary. Extra care is required during shedding which
takes place in the spring and fall. The Keeshond will adapt to any exercise
regimen whether it is demanding or easy, but they will keep fitter with regular
Activity: Low to Moderate.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, heart defects (cardiac disease), and genetic eye diseases. Other heath concerns include epilepsy and hypothyroidism.
Life Span: 13 -15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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