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Dog Profile-Keeshond

Updated on July 10, 2015
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Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu is a Romanian Symbolist/Avant-Garde poet and author of "Of Ecstasy and Sorrow".


History of the Breed

This dog breed has been around since the sixteenth century.Its ancestor is the German Wolfspitz.Cornelius de Gyslaer,a leader of a Dutch political party that led an uprise against the Orange royal family, gave this dog its name and chose it as his personal symbol.After the uprise failed,Keeshonden have become less popular and risked extinction.However breeders managed to save this dog breed ,bringing it to Great Britain and the United States.Keeshonden have been later used as watchdogs,protecting barges and their load.They are considered to be the national breed of the Netherlands.The way to pronounce this dog's name correctly is Kayz-hond and the plural for Keeshond is "Keeshonden" not "Keeshonds".


Origins: Netherlands,Germany

Height: 42.0 - 45.0 cm

Weight: 14.0 - 21.0 kg

Physical Appearance: Keeshonden are robust, medium-sized dogs.Their head has a triangular shape,being very similar to the one of a fox.Their snout is dark coloured and isn't very long.Their tail is very furry and laid back.They have a double coat-their undercoat is fluffy and soft and their external coat is long and composed of long,dense hair follicles.Their neck is covered with a thick layer of fur forming a sort of "mane".They come in multiple colours:silver,white,black or beige.

Personality: Keeshonden are very tolerant,friendly and intelligent dogs.They are brilliant family dogs as their are extremely devout and attached to their owners.They need early socialising with cats and other small animals,though.They are brilliant watchdogs as they start barking frantically upon detecting an intruder.

Care: Keeshonden require daily grooming.During shedding period groom intensively!They are generally healthy dogs that have an average lifespan of 12 years, but may develop some health problems with time.Common health issues for Keeshonden are hip dysplasia,allergies,cataracts and patellar luxations.Other,less frequent conditions for Keeshonden are von Willebrand's Disease,Hypothyroidism and Addison's Disease.

Environment: Keeshonden are weather-resistant dogs that like roaming and moving freely.However they can adapt to an apartment lifestyle if their owners walk them a lot and are active.They do better in colder climates.

Training: Keeshonden are a very intelligent trainable dog breed.They are suitable for agility contests and any other canine competitions.Start training early and be gentle and consequent!

Utility: Keeshonden are brilliant family dogs and watchdogs.They are also useful for removing vermin from large properties.

Pros and Cons

(+) Pros
(-) Cons
-very tolerant and affectionate family dogs
-require intensive grooming
-agile and trainable dogs
-they are noisy and bark a lot
-beautiful coat,can make it to canine beauty contests
-they aren't brilliant guard dogs because they are too friendly with everyone
-good watchdogs (will bark at strangers)
-they shed heavily
-require activity and intensive exercise
Keeshond Puppies
Keeshond Puppies

Dogs 101-Animal Planet Show Featuring Keeshonden

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      They are beautiful but the constant barking would get to me. I like that you include a high profile table of pros and cons.

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      Loved the pictures and information. Well done!!

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 2 years ago from Oregon

      I really love dogs and articles about them Great photos and wonderful research. I voted up your hub. Keep up the wonderful doggy articles.

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 2 years ago from Tilburg

      Of course,Larry-I think you can find a way to buy one as long as you assure it proper artificial climate conditions indoors and keep the dog healthy and active.Keeshonden are less Nordic than samoyeds,malamutes or huskies so they can adapt to temperate climates too.I hope you get better regardless of what health situation you currently have!

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      Larry Fields 2 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Mihnea,

      Voted up. When my health situation improves, I'll consider adopting a dog. As you point out in your great hub, a Keeshond would be a wonderful companion. However the hot Summers here in the Central Valley of California would be a bit much for this Nordic dog. But I can still dream, can't I?

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 2 years ago from Tilburg

      Thank you for your apreciation sandeep!Any dog lover is welcome to read my dog related hubs!I try to make them brief and informational!

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 2 years ago from Tilburg

      Yeah,Larry they are very very beautiful-They are my favourite breed of dogs.I usually write about a new breed everyday.Check on my profile tomorrow too!My dad is a vet and Scottish Collie dog breeder.We have our own animal clinic for 10 years now.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Such a beautiful dog. Looks like a big teddy bear.

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      Sandeep Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      As a dog lover, I must say it's a great post. Thanks.