about keeshond

 

American Kehhel Club describes the breed: "A medium-sized, sturdy dog, the Keeshond possesses the characteristics of other Northern breeds – a fox-like expression, stand-off coat and richly plumed tail carried over the back. His coloring is a mixture of gray, black and cream, with variations from light to dark and distinctive "spectacles" – markings and shadings in the eye area, including a delicate, dark line slanting from eye to ear and expressive eyebrows."

Keeshond breed standart (AKC)

 

 

A Look Back
"Basically unchanged over the past two centuries, the Keeshond descended from the same arctic strains as the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz and Pomeranian. The Kees was originally served as a watchdog on riverboats, barges and farms. Especially popular in Holland in the late 1700s, the breed also became a symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party and its leader Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees and gave the breed its name. When the Patriots were defeated, the Keeshond became rare in Holland until it was revived a century later, when it also began appearing in England and America." (AKC) 

Is Keeshond a Breed for You?

The Keeshond Club of America about the breed:

"The Keeshond is a very old breed, and one of the very few which throughout history have always been raised for family companions and watchdogs. The fact that they have not been bred to hunt, kill animals, attack or chase criminals undoubtedly accounts for their gentle, intelligent devotion to their owners as home-loving dogs with a special fondness for children, for which they are renowned." (www.keeshond.org)

Keeshonden are intelligent, independent thinkers. They are inquisitive and energetic, learn quickly but not requiring daily exercise. Keeshonden are eager to please and very trainable but are not for inexperienced owners. Training should be gentle and consistent. Keeshonden become very attached to their people and will follow their owners around.  They are sensitive and sympathetic toward people, they have such clingy tendencies that they have earned the nickname Velcro Dog.  Keeshonden are wonderful children's companions. This breed can also be socialized to get along well with other pets. Keeshonds make excellent watchdogs. Tikva Hope Dog, the Keeshond was a therapy dog used at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks for the benefit of the rescue workers. The ideal environment for a Keeshond is in a cooler climate, in a home with a yard, but this breed can adapt to apartment living as well.

If you are considering purchasing a Keeshond puppy, learn more here:

http://www.akc.org/breeds/keeshond/puppy.cfm

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www.akc.org

www.offa.org

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www.suomenkeeshond.fi

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www.eswood.fi

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