Keeshond breed information

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The Keeshond is a natural, handsome dog who resembles the spitz of the northern breeds with his richly plumed tail that curls over his back and his thick coat. His sharp clear bark makes him a good watch dog but he doesn't have a mean bone in his body and is an affectionate and loving companion. In Holland he was called the "smiling Dutchman" for his perpetual good-natured grin. Also known as the Dutch barge dog, he was developed from the northern sleigh dogs of the Artic. Great Britain did the most for the breed with imports from Holland but his name came from Kees de Gyselaer the leader of Dutch patriots against the monarch. This breed is the typical house dog, watch dog and companion. Today he continues to fill the role for which he was bred centuries ago. Care must be taken in very hot humid weather due to his heavy cot. He is affectionate and loving with those he knows. He thrives on human companionship and will relish good walks, ample playtime and good nutrition.



Life expectancy: 13 - 15 years
Color: mixture of gray, black and cream
Eyes: large, round, set wide apart, dark
Coat type: double-layered, long, straight, harsh hairs covering the entire body, with a mane around the neck
Size: small, about 9 1/2-11 1/2 inches tall; about the size of a terrier
Health issues: Hip dysplasia, heart defects and genetic eye diseases
Living conditions: Does well in an urban setting if he is exercised on a regular basis. Should not be locked away from his family. A six foot fence should be around his property to prevent escaping.

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