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Keeshond


General Information - Keeshond


Group:
Non Sporting

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
Medium

Grooming:
Medium

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
The Netherlands

Date of Origin:
1700s

Other Names:
Wolfspitz

Original Function:
Barge watchdog



History

The Keeshond is a member of the Spitz family of northern dogs. Originally most popular in the Netherlands, it descended from the German Wolfspitz and thus is a close relative to the Pomeranian. Throughout the 18th century, the breed was used in the Netherlands as a "dog of the people." As a good watchdog, companion, and swimmer, it was commonly found in villages, farms and on the barges in the Dutch canals. During a period of unrest in Holland, the dog became the mascot for the Patriot party, which was led by Kees de Gyselaer, and thus the name "dog of Kees" or "Keeshond" was assigned to the breed. Although it was exhibited at Dutch shows in the late 1800s, the breed did not gain popularity elsewhere until the 1920s. Today the breed is appreciated by those who want a good family pet.

Temperament

The friendly Keeshond loves nothing more than being a part of the family. A swimmer, companion and watchdog, Keeshonds are lively and warm and love bouncing around with children.

Upkeep

This is a lively breed that can have its exercise needs met with moderate exercise. A good walk on leash, combined with a vigorous game, can satisfy its needs. It can live outside in temperate or cool climates, but it is such a sociable dog that it prefers to share its life with its family. The double coat needs brushing once or twice weekly, and more when shedding.