Keeshond Dog Breed Information

Keeshond Quick Facts
Breed Group: Non Sporting
Origen: Netherland
Nickname: Kees
Weight: 35-45 lbs
Height: 16-19 inches
Color(s): Mixture of gray, black, and cream. Undercoat is pale, and tips of the outercoat are black. Black muzzle, ears, tail tip

Keeshond Appearance

The Keeshond is a compact dog, with an alert expression. He is muscular, square-proportioned and has a distinctive gait. The Keeshond has a wedge-shaped head, a medium-length muzzle with a definite stop. Their eyes are almond shape and dark in color. Their ears are triangular, high set and erect. The tail is medium in length and carried over the back.

The Keeshond has a long straight harsh outer coat and a thick downy undercoat. This coat act as insulation to help the breed withstands freezing temperatures and snow conditions. The most common colors are a mixture of gray, black, and cream. Undercoat is pale, and tips of the outer coat are black. The weight of the Keeshond is around 35-45 pounds and the height is around 16-19 inches.

Keeshond Temperament

The Keeshond is an energetic and playful breed. He is intelligent and eager to learn; therefore their training is fairly easy. They love human, are friendly and make a good companion for child or adult. The Keeshond loves everyone and needs to be part of the family activities. He had sharp hearing and responds noisily to the arrival of visitors or the intrusion of strangers. They are naturally good with other dogs and children but are not too friendly with cats unless they are introduced early.

Is Keeshond the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Keeshond will be okay in an apartment although will be best suite for a house with an average-sized yard. This breed is fairly active indoors, although he needs to be taken on a daily walk on leash or a moderate playtime. When a Keeshond spins in circles it is a sign that he needs more stimulating exercise. Keeshonden are very intuitive and empathic and are often used as comfort dogs. The Keeshond has an arctic origin and canít tolerate hot temperatures. It can live outside in temperate to cool climate but will be best to divide his time inside and out to share its life with its family.

Keeshond Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Keeshond is around 12-14 years.

Keeshond Health problems

The Keeshond is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are skin problems, CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), epilepsy and patellar luxation. They can also be prone to hypoplasia, and heart disease.

Keeshond Care and Grooming

Because of their double coat, Keeshonden need regular brushing; an hour a week will keep the dog comfortable and handsome. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. The coat acts as insulation and protects the dog from sunburn and insects, so shaving or clipping is not desirable. Do not overfeed as they tend to gain weight easily.

Keeshond Shedding

The Keeshond is an average shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.