The Keeshond is a charming Dutch breed with a lush coat and intelligent expression. They are loyal, affectionate and energetic, making them ideal companions for families and dog lovers.

General details

The breed is of medium size. Males measure approximately 46 centimeters, while females measure 43 centimeters. The weight of the breed ranges between 16 and 20 kilograms. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years, and they are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The history of the Keeshond goes back to ancient Holland, where these dogs became symbols of political revolution. During the 18th century, Keeshonds became associated with the fight for freedom and became the companion dogs of Dutch patriots. However, after the revolution failed, the breed was relegated to ships and barges as guard and companion dogs for sailors. Fortunately, in the early 20th century, Keeshonds were rediscovered and carefully bred to preserve their characteristics and friendly temperament. Today, the Keeshond is valued as a loyal and affectionate companion dog, as well as an excellent watchdog.

Breed characteristics

The Keeshond has a proportional head with a broad, flat skull, expressive almond-shaped eyes, erect triangular ears and a tail arched over the back with a plume of abundant hair. The coat is abundant, dense and fluffy, with a long, straight outer coat and a soft, woolly undercoat. Its typical color is a light gray or smoky gray, with darker markings on the face, ears and tail. The Keeshond has a friendly, affectionate and energetic temperament. They are loyal and devoted to their families, get along well with other animals and make good watchdogs. They are intelligent and trainable, as well as enjoy physical activity and social interaction.

Common health problems

The Keeshond, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are cataracts, diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, hip dysplasia, idiopathic epilepsy, patent ductus arteriosus, progressive retinal atrophy and tetralogy of Fallot.

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