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Keeshond

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Keeshond

Keeshonds have an incredible weather resistant, double coat. The long outercoat is coarse and the dense undercoat is downy. The hair on the outercoat stands away from the body. The coat color is gray and tipped with black. The undercoat, feet and tail are usually a cream color. Puppies are generally born solid black, turning cream at four months and then the gray/black/cream mix by eighteen months. The wedge-shaped head has a definite stop. His spectacled face gives him a curious, intelligent expression, and his fox-like smile, complete with curled lips, shows his friendly attitude. The triangular ears stand erect and the slanted eyes are chestnut in color. The lips are black and the teeth meet in a scissor-like bite. They have round, compact feet with arched toes. Their plumed tail is medium in length and curls over the back.

Temperament Keeshonds are friendly, lively, affectionate, alert, and generally outgoing. They are great companions to children and need to be a part of family activities. They should be socialized from an early age, but are usually good with other pets. They are natural guard dogs and have an instinct for danger. They love to spin happy circles and can be trained to perform.
Height, Weight Male Height: 18-19" ; Weight: 35-40 lbs.
Female Height: 17-18" ; Weight: 35-40 lbs.
Health Problems They are prone to hip dysplasia, heart disease and skin problems.
Living Conditions Keeshond will do okay living in an apartment but do better with an average sized yard. They prefer cooler climates and have a difficult time with heat because of their thick coats.
Exercise This breed has a great need for exercise. They need a good hour-long run each day, preferably off their lead. You should not use a choke chain on this breed as it interferes with its spectacular mane.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed should be brushed or combed daily to keep the coat looking full and beautiful. Brush with the grain and then, while lifting the coat, brush against the grain. Bathe only when necessary. This breed is a heavy shedder twice a year.
Origin The Keeshond was developed from arctic sleigh dogs, including the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Elkhound, and Pomeranian. In the 18th century, at the beginning of the French Revolution this breed became a symbol of a rebellion led by Kees de Gayselaer. He rebelled against the Dutch House of Orange. When the monarchy returned to power, this breed was almost completely eliminated. They were then used as guard dogs for Dutch barges. The breed was first imported to Great Britain by Mrs. Wingfield-Digby and to the United States during the 1920s by Baroness van Hardenbroeck. Keeshonds were recognized by the AKC in 1930 and by the UKC in 1936.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Northern Breed