The Keeshond is a sturdy, thick-coated breed from Holland. They make a good family dog and are friendly and intelligent.
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- Well-balanced, short-coupled body
- Coat: Thick hair; a mixture of gray, black and cream
- Plumed tail curls over the back
- Distinct black markings around the eyes, with lines that extend to each ear
- Hair is densest around neck
- Dark brown, almond-shaped eyes with black eye rims
- Small, triangular-shaped ears
- Height: 16-19 inches
- Weight: 55-66 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12-15 years
- Outgoing, friendly, smart, active, alert, loving
- Interaction with people: Good with children; likes being part of family activities
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs and pets
- Training: Easily trained; use gentle techniques with little physical instruction
- Bark: Can be highly vocal
- Protection: Good watchdog
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments; highly adaptable
- Needs an average-sized yard
- Needs daily walks
- Heavy seasonal shedder, especially spring and fall
- Needs daily brushing to keep long coat neat
- This breed has changed little in two centuries
- Named after Kees de Gyselear, a Dutch politician
- Referred to as the "Overweight Pomeranian" in Victorian England
- Due to its political affiliations, it was featured in countless pictures and cartoons associated with Dutch political strife
- Also known as a "smiling Dutchman," "wolf spitz," or "Dutch barge dog"
- Breed dates back to 16th century Holland
- Historically this breed was a working dog on small ships that sailed the Rhine River in western Europe
- Became a symbol of the Patriots - the working class Dutch - during the French Revolution; many were disposed of quietly as favor was given to the more dominant party
- Became popular again in the 1920s when it was brought to the U.S.