At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 55 - 66 lbs.

Height: 16" - 19"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years


Also know as: Wolfspitz

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Netherlands (1500s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia; slipped knee; heart disease; skin problems; easy weight gain

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

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


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