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Keeshond

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 55 - 66 lbs.

Height: 16" - 19"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; slipped knee; heart disease; skin problems; easy weight gain

Origin: Netherlands (1500s)

Also Known As: Wolfspitz

Group: Guardian / Companion

Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

Exercise Needs

The Keeshond requires daily walk on a leash or a run in fenced yard. This breed is fairly active indoors.

Grooming Needs

Daily brushing is required for your Keeshond. Bathe only when necessary.

Temperament

Intelligent, alert and full of personality, these happy dogs make great companions for children. Keeshonds are moderate to frequent barkers and make good watchdogs. Keeshonds generally love everyone in the family and prefer to be included in group activities. This breed responds best to patient training. Its sensitive nature makes firm training ineffective and even damaging. Some dogs may become timid and need proper socialization to drawn them out of their shell. Trained properly, the Keeshond will entertain you with tricks and games. While Keeshonds don't necessarily eat more than other dogs, they tend to gain weight more easily. Keep a close watch on food intake to maintain a healthy weight.

Compatibility with Kids

Excellent choice for children.

History

The Keeshond was named after a Dutch politician named Kees de Gyselear. Originally used as a guard dog to ward away both intruders and pests, this breed was a popular working dog on early Dutch boats and barges. Today, the Keeshond is kept exclusively as a companion and is popular in both Europe and the U.S.