Keeshond

This furry friend has hair to spare! With a strong resemblance to their ancestor, the Samoyed, the Keeshond is a medium sized dog with a thick double coat and dark colouring. This breed loves to be the centre of attention and craves affection.

Other Names
Dutch Barge Dog
Country of Origin
The Netherlands
Colour
Comes in a combination of colours including gray with black tips, cream or pale grey.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
This breed generally measures from 40 – 48cms and weighs 15 – 25kgs.
Health
Although generally a healthy dog, this pooch can be prone to skin problems, Hip Dysplasia, heart disease, Epilepsy, Glaucome, Hypothyroidism and Renal Cortical Hypoplasia.
Life Span
12–15 years
Intelligence
The Keeshond loves to learn and is known to be an intelligent breed. With regular and consistent training the Keeshond is likely to succeed as a family dog and in agility and obedience trials.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

These dogs can follow a normal doggy diet according to their level of exercise.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Plenty of mental and physical stimulation is required for this breed with a daily walk with their loved ones being a highlight in their life.
Ailments
Although generally a healthy dog, this pooch can be prone to skin problems, Hip Dysplasia, heart disease, Epilepsy, Glaucome, Hypothyroidism and Renal Cortical Hypoplasia.
Hair Shed
Heavy
Grooming

A daily brushing is required to maintain the coat of a Keeshond. Using a stiff bristle brush along the grain first then comb against the grain. They will require a bath every fortnight or so in the warmer months and once a month during cooler seasons. Heavy shedding is to be expected twice a year. It is recommended that your Keeshond see a professional groomer frequently if you feel you are not able to brush them properly everyday as they are prone to knots and matted hair.

 

 

Grooming Frequency
Daily
Trimming
Frequently
Originating in the Netherlands, the Keeshond was considered to be “the dog of the people” throughout the eighteenth century. The Keeshond was cross bred with a variety of breeds including the Samoyed, Finnish Spitz, Pomeranian, Chow Chow and the Norwegian Elkhound. Their nickname “Dutch Barge Dog” comes from their use as a guard dog on barges, farms and riverboats in their native country. The name Keeshond is believed to have been created during the French Revolution in which the Dutch Patriot party was led by “Kees de Gyselaer” who owned a Keeshond dog. This breed was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1930.


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