The Keeshondis a member of the Spitz family. They are gorgeous, friendly dogs that
always appear as if they are smiling! The Keeshond was originally bred to be a watchdog
but now, they are simply wonderful family pets and companions. This beautiful breed
stands 16 to 18 inches in height, weighs 35 to 45 pounds and lives approximately 12 to
Country of Origin: Holland
Keeshonds are a mixture of gray and black with a pale gray or
cream undercoat. Their muzzles should be dark in color and there
should be characteristic black "spectacles" around the eyes. They
have dense coats that are easier to groom than they appear,
however, they do require regular brushings. During molting
season (which is two times per year), they will require extra
grooming time as they shed heavily. If the Keeshond's coat is not
properly groomed or is neglected, it can become, well, a mess!
Improper grooming can result in tangles and mats that will need to
be clipped out or groomed by a professional.
The Keeshond is a wonderful family pet, they are "people
dogs!" They are good with children and love to be part of
family activities. If you do not have time to devote to this
beauty of a breed, it is best that you consider a different pet.
Keeshond's need attention and will become bored and
unhappy if they are left alone for long periods of time. This
breed does well in a city or country setting as long as he gets
attention and regular exercise.
Keeshond's are very intelligent but they do tend to have minds of their own! They love to
please their owners, therefore, training is possible! Keeshonds respond well to positive,
reward based training that is fun. This breed can easily become bored and disinterested
with repetition so training sessions should be kept short and interesting! The Keeshond
also has the tendency to bark a lot. They are excitable dogs that do best in calm, stable
Keeshonds are generally healthy dogs. Reported health
problems include, skin allergies, hip malformation and heart
disorders. This breed is also prone to flea allergies so flea
infestations must not be allowed.
If you are looking for a friendly, happy, bold, alert and affectionate
dog, then the Keeshond may be the pup for you! For more
information about the Keeshond, please visit: The Keeshond
Club of America. If you are interested in adopting a Keeshond,
please visit: PetFinder
When socialized properly as a puppy, the Keeshond gets
along well with other animals. They need moderate exercise,
two or three half hour walks per day should suffice.
Keeshonds also enjoy off leash running so they are perfect
dog park companions. This breed loves to eat, so food
intake should be monitored as they can become obese if
over eating is allowed.