The Keeshond is a dog that can live in an apartment as long as frequent long walks are available. She is fairly active indoors and makes a good watch dog because she generally likes to bark. She is great with older, considerate children and wants to be a part of the family. As reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. She can be fine with other dogs and pets, especially if extensively socialized early. She loves everyone, especially her human family.
*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Keeshond is 17 to 19 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 35 to 40 pounds. The females range a bit smaller then the males.
*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and Keeshond is no exception. Be on the look out for the Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), genetic eye disease, heart defects and skin problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
*Grooming. The Keeshond has long, harsh, straight hair standing from a soft, thick undercoat. She sheds the undercoat twice a year, seasonally. She needs to be carefully brushed Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
*Life Span. The Keeshond can live between 13 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
*History. The Keeshond comes from the Netherlands where they were probably bred from the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Chow Chow and Elkhound. They were used to guard canal boats. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1930.
*Keeshond Club of America
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry
Litter Size: 3 to 8 Keeshond puppies
Terms To Describe: Handsome, balanced, sturdy, lively, affectionate, friendly, alert,
*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
Very good with children.
Good watch dog.
*SPECIAL BAD POINTS
Can be very stubborn.
May suffer in heat.
Poor guard dog.
Can be a barker.
*Other Names Known By: Dutch Barge Dog, Wolf Spitz, Chien Loup
*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.