The Keeshond dog breed hails from the Arctic region and is also known as: the wolf spitz, fox dog, Dutch Keeshond. It is a great guard dog, family dog and watch dog. It was known as a dog of the people due to its gentle nature. They were common dogs in Europe but suffered neglect for a period until when they were taken to the U.S in 1920 and were named the Dutch batch dogs that they gained popularity again. They are very lively dogs and considered one of the very few that was considered for domestic purposes only of providing companionship and guarding.
It loves cool weather probably due to its dense double coat. It stands at 17 – 18 inches and weighs about 14 – 18 Kgs. They have a naturally beautiful appearance and well balance body. It has a medium sized muzzle that is properly balanced with the face, which has a dark shade and a light color around the mouth opening. They also have small upward pointing ears that a covered with a layer of every short dark hair. It has compact well-rounded feet with straight front feet. They do not produce much dog odor.
They are highly intelligent, sociable and unreserved in their expression of happiness and affection. Is very quick to learn hence easy to train when the owner is consistent in teaching. Always want to be involved in family activities and be the center of attention around people. It is a very outgoing dog that will accompany its owner to any outdoor activities such as jogging or taking a stroll. They do not require much space hence suitable for apartment living though they can get a bit barky sometimes.
It is important to socialize with these dogs in their early stages to ensure they develop the right character. Be careful not to overfeed them, as they are good eaters lest they become overweight. They require constant attention as they are very sociable dogs hence will need to live in a family environment. They do not require much vigorous exercise, but it is important to take it for a daily walk. They prefer cooler environments so should not be exposed to much heat.
They have a life expectancy of 12 – 15 years. They are generally healthy dogs though may be prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart condition, diabetes, and epilepsy.
They are good eaters hence owners should ensure that they are well-fed with high-quality foods. The owner should regulate their food to twice a day providing all the necessary nutrients for their growth.
Coat, Color and Grooming
Keeshond has a thick double coat that comes in a variation of colors of cream black and gray. They coat can be maintained by bushing twice a week, and it is important to note that they shed their coat copiously twice a year. They should be given a bath only when necessary. Brush their teeth at least twice a week and trim their nails on a monthly basis.
With family and other animals
The Keeshond gets along with families of both young and old people very well, as it is a very sociable dog. It also gets well with other dogs and pets so there is no worry of aggression.