Originally bred in the 17th and 18th century as a watchdog and companion on boats and barges in the canals of Holland, the Keeshond (pronounced Kays-Haund) is now loved as an alert, intelligent, and outgoing family pet. Belonging to the AKC’s Non-Sporting Group, this is a dog that makes a wonderful companion.
If you are looking for Keeshond puppies for sale nearby, here’s some important breed information you should know. This will help you figure out whether a Keeshond is a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
In terms of size, this is a medium sized breed. The average Keeshond stands 17-18 inches tall and weighs 35-45 pounds. The lifespan of a Keeshond is 12-15 years typically.
A Keeshond has a characteristic foxy face and “spectacles” (shading) around the eyes. They are Spitz in heritage and have a luxurious coat and pointy ears.
Keeshonds are very affectionate with family members, can play non-stop, and do exceptionally well with young children and other dogs. They are open to strangers and pretty much consider everyone their best friend. However, Keeshonds are very protective towards family members and make excellent watchdogs.
This is a breed that is very adaptable to changes in schedule and therefore ideal for busy families. While Keeshonds adapt very well to cold weather, they may not do as well in hot weather.
A Keeshond is eager to please and smart and therefore easy to train. These dogs have moderate to high energy levels and mental stimulation needs. They become easily bored, so you have to keep them motivated. Novice pet parents can consider this breed.
Again, this is an adaptable breed that has lived in the confines of a barge, and therefore, is suitable for apartment dwellers. But Keeshonds also do well with families that have lots of space where the dog can run around. Prospective owners of Keeshonds should be aware that they can be quite vocal and may bark a fair bit.
In terms of grooming care, Keeshonds have a long double coat that needs at least a once weekly brushing and trimming and tidying around the hocks and feet. The coat can shed a fair bit. These dogs may drool on occasion but are not heavy droolers.
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