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Keeshond Information

Name Keeshond
Other Name Dutch Barge dog, Smiling Dutchman, German Spitz, wolfsspitz, Kees
Origin Holland
Build Type Small
Life Cycle 13-15 years
Group Non-Sporting
Character Agile, Obedient, Quick, Bright, Playful, Entertaining, Strong
Height Male:17-19 inches
Female: 17-19 inches
Weight Male:34-45 pounds
Female: 34-45 pound
Color Grey, Silver, Black, Cream, Grey & Black, Silver & Black
Average price 1000 US$


Good with Kids ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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Watchdog ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Grooming ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Hypoallergenic No



The Keeshond holds a lot of qualities of house dog in it. It is a perfect house mate indoors and a playmate in ground and a reliable companion of life. It is reasonably full of life, devoted and charming friend. A very smart pack of energy, loves to make friends and get attentions quickly. It is sensitive, responsive and quick learner. It has a harmless company with children as well as adults. It is friend to all and aggressive to none. Besides of its gentle tendency, it is also a useful and attentive watchdog.

This is well muscled, shaped like square, powerful dog. Its build is application oriented, and have a variety of flexibility in jobs. The famous proverb ‘the jack of all trades is master of none’ is true for this breed. The gait of the Keeshond breed is a distinguishing element, pace is rapid, sometimes average with clean stepping and valiant. Its long and straight outer coat is quite rough standing off from its body. The undercoat skin is thick and solid provides enough support and weather resistance for cold and hot both. tionally aids in handling the hot climate of Africa.

The Keeshond is of arctic origin. Initially it was popular as ‘a dog of the people’. Samoyed and Chow-Chow are said to be the source of this dog breed, but the final Keeshond dog is the mixture of many breeds which includes Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound and Pomeranian. It was a symbol of one political party named ‘Dutch Patriot’ at the start of French Revolution. The Revolution was headed by Mr. Kees de Gyselaer. Infect Mr. Gyselaer had a dog named Kees. The breed name Keeshond is derived from this revolutionary leader. This dog breed politicized and had to suffer ignorance for quite a long period. One dog of this breed was introduced to England by Mrs. Wingfield Digby and was failed to get popularity until 1920. After this, the dog is introduced to USA and was named as Dutch Barge Dog. Initially it worked as watchdog on farmhouses and on river boats and barges. Final registration with the name of Keeshond breed was acknowledged and recognized in 1930 by American Kennel Club.


Keeshond is a lovely, alert genius, and friendly dog. They enjoy the surrounding and take attention of peoples around it. They play and amuse others. They behave politely with children. They prefer playing with children than adults and that is why the children are more attractive source for them. They are completely harmless and caring towards kids of younger ages. High degree of tolerance is seen in them for other pets of the house. They have very good ability of sensing and can detect odd smells and unusual sounds. This ability makes them a reputed watchdog. They bark at the strangers entering in the territory as well as upon detection of any unusual change in environment. They extend respect and loyalty towards its owner.

The need of proper training cannot be ignored. Lacks in training can induce some bad habits in dog and will spoil the atmosphere of home. Keeshond can be a little shy or timid if not treated during early days. Socialization is needed greatly to make valuable norms in dogs. Introduction with other dogs and pet animals is essential and puppyhood time is suitable for this activity. The dog is to be trained to bark not to bite when in watchdog role. They can be restless when left without family. Being family bonded dog they need pure attentions of family and owner. Increase in barking, violent temperament and destructive chewing are the symbol of separation anxiety.

Owner Should Know

  1. The Keeshond will never hesitate in barking for warning, this warning alarm is to be acknowledged by the owner and to be investigated otherwise the dog will keep on barking, resulting ignoring habit may develop.
  2. This is an all time family dog which can be accompanied during walks, picnic trips, playgrounds etc. Isolation from family will spoil the dog.
  3. Hygienic checkups and upkeeps of coat are necessary, although, the dog does not produce any odor. Healthy grooming is required.
  4. To familiarize the dog with other pets, introduce them from its puppyhood.
  5. 30 to 40 minute exercise is enough for Keeshonds to remain healthy.
  6. Keeshond is comfortable in both apartment and open house life.
  7. Trustworthy and reputed suppliers and breeder are to be approached for healthy and disease free puppies. Avoid buying puppies from backdoor suppliers.

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