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So you're thinking about adding a Keeshond to your family.


Did you know...


Keeshond (/ˈkeɪshɒnd/ KAYSS-hond, plur. Keeshonden)


A medium-sized dog with a plush, two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff, a curled tail and spectacles (black marking around eyes).


Originating in Holland, Keeshonden are part of the Spitz family including:

  • Samoyed

  • Chow chow

  • Norwegian Elkhound

  • Finnish Spitz

  • Pomeranian


The Keeshond was previously known as the Dutch Barge Dog, as it was frequently seen on barges traveling the canals and rivers of The Netherlands.


The Keeshond was the symbol of the Patriot faction in The Netherlands during political unrest in the years immediately preceding the French Revolution.

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Friendly, Lively, Outgoing

  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 95 of 196

  • Height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)

  • Weight: 35-45 pounds

  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

  • Group: Non-Sporting Group

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Behavioral problems stem from these intelligent dogs inventing their own activities (often destructive ones, like barking, digging and chewing) out of boredom.


They need daily contact with their owners and much activity to remain happy. Keeshonden do not live happily alone in a kennel or backyard.

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Keeshonden are generally a very healthy breed. Though congenital health issues are not common, the conditions which have been known to sometimes occur in Keeshonden are


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The double coat requires regular brushing; an hour a week will keep the dog comfortable and handsome.


The coat acts as insulation and protects the dog from sunburn and insects, so shaving is not desirable.


If frequent brushing is too much effort, choose another breed rather than clip the Keeshond short.

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