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Keeshond AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: Male: 17-19 inches, Female: 16-18 inches
Weight: Male: 40-45 pounds, Female: 35-40 pounds
Colors: combination shades of cream, gray, and black
AKC recognized in: 1930

Being a member of the Spitz family, the Keeshond breed is typically petite and medium in size. And although originally called German Spitz, its name changed to Keeshond after its introduction in England on 1926.

Appearance-wise, it is like a 'dress show' of a dog. Looking at the dog, it is hard not to notice its plush and rich coat. With thickening fur around the neck and chest area which is more pronounced among males, the Keeshond is easily one of the most elegant looking petites.

This immediately eye-catching appearance of the Keeshond makes it a very popular breed especially for those who easily fall for blockbuster appearances. As it walks by, its glorious double coat and attractively curled tail is quite a sight to behold. But not to be fooled by this almost feminine description, the Keeshond manages a somewhat serious and masculine appearance despite its rich coat and petite figure.

Thanks to its fur color which only revolves around the combination shades of cream, grey and black, it hardly ever displays other varieties, except that the shade can vary from very light to dark hues.

And although it often has got that cutie-pie darling appearance, you can definitely see traces of wolf appearance from its stature. As such, it was also called Wolfsspitz in Germany.


Keeshond Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance five paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance two paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

Despite its pretty look, the Keeshond is one active dog. It is never the beautiful princess type that lavishes on its own beauty by lying quietly all day. This one will play, chase, and follow people around.

As such, it makes a perfect choice for a companion. Keeshonds are very affectionate dogs that can get along perfectly well with a large family, although they have the tendency to have favorites. Because of this, Keeshonds are sometimes referred to as 'shadow dogs' because they will follow around their master despite the presence of other people. They would even patiently standby a closed door where their owner is on the other side.

To match with its affectionate nature and great capacity to love, the Keeshond is also very surprisingly smart. They are so smart that they sometimes invent their own methods and activities. With this kind of initiative behavior and lively nature, there is a greater demand for the trainer. He will need to be more firm and consistent in training and disciplining the lively Keeshond..

Health and Exercise

The Keeshond has an average lifespan of 12-15 years. When it comes to health issues, the petite figure of the Keeshond actually packs quite a sturdy dog. They are generally a healthy breed and sickness is rare given the proper care. Although very rare, would-be owners need to be careful about some congenital diseases arising from genetic related problems. To avoid this, it is important that you only buy litters from parent Keeshonds that are tested free from genetic related disorders.

Other potential health problems that sometimes plague Keeshonds, although also quite rare and easily avoidable with proper care, are hip dysplasia, primary hyperparathyroidism, trick knee, and epilepsy.

As with dog breeds of luxurious appearance and glorious rich coat, the need for frequent grooming comes with the package. In the case of the Keeshond however, regular grooming session of once a week will keep its fur in top condition. It is also good news for would-be owners that that this breed is not prone to developing odor common to some dog breeds. As such, the Keeshond does not require frequent bathing sessions.

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