Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Kees; Keeshonden; Dutch Barge Dog; Smiling Dutchman; Chien Loup; German Spitz; Deutscher Wolfsspitz
The Keeshond looks like it was born to be cuddled, but this adorable Spitz-type dog is more than just a powder puff. For centuries, the so-called Dutch Barge Dog was employed as a watchdog on riverboats, farms, and barges, and they still have something of a tendency to bark. However, they are not a ferocious animal. In fact, the bark is often more of a greeting than a threat. And they are extremely well-regarded for their gentleness with children and their desire to involve themselves in family life. Don't toss them in a backyard and expect them to be happy. They want to be part of things with their people.
Some individuals can be sensitive or even timid. Socialize them early and with lots of love, praise, and food rewards.
Appearance / health:
The Keeshond is a medium-sized, square dog with a fox-like appearance. The dark brown, almond-shaped eyes are of medium size. The triangular ears are small, mounted on high, and carried erect. Unique markings and shadings surround the eyes giving the impression of intelligence and alertness. The wedge-shaped head exhibits a definite stop. The neck is covered with a mane. The tail is moderately long and well feathered.
Regular weekly brushing is necessary to keep the coat in good shape. Keeshonden are average shedders though they shed heavily twice a year.
They do not require too much exercise though a daily walk is necessary to keep them healthy and happy.
Hip dysplasia (abnormal hip formation that can cause lameness) is common in Keeshonden. Luxating patella, or dislocation of the kneecaps, may occur in some dogs. Some dogs may develop thyroid and eye problems.
Behavior / temperament:
Keeshonden love to be with their owners. They love to greet people they know by displaying an expression that may appear to be grinning. When left alone for too long, some Keeshonden may indulge in destructive behavior such as excessive barking, digging, chewing, or escaping. Some Keeshonden love snow. They express themselves through "talking", and tend to bark often. They rarely bite.
Training a Keeshond may be a challenge. Patient, firm, and kind training along with early socialization are necessary for this otherwise intelligent breed.
Some Keeshonden bark a lot.
intelligent, happy dogs, ideal family pet, Kees beautiful coat, wonderful temperment
barking, warm climates, High Maintenance, grooming, recreational barkers
good vacuum, excellent watch dogs, Wonderful Family Addition, people especially children
Excellent Guard & Watch Dog, but Timid
As a purebred Keeshound, Hans had all the markings of his breed. He had the distinctive gray/silver lion-like ruff, the tightly curled tail, and the full double-coat. As a medium sized dog, Hans weighed around 35 to 40 pounds.
With the thick double-coat, Hans required daily brushing, especially after an outdoor evening run. Twice a year, he shed his undercoat, so trips to the groomer were necessary during these times. In his mid-age, we began buzzing off his coat, but leaving the ruff and tail, and fur around his legs. Not only did Hans love having his coat this way, he looked like a mini-lion dog!
Hans was a playful companion, and he enjoyed running outside in the evenings, playing fetch with flying discs, and loved to play with our German Shepard. Any time Hans could get outside to run, he certainly was in his element.
He was also an excellent guard and watchdog. If Hans heard any movement outside, he’d run from window to window, barking at the neighbor walking down the street or the mail carrier delivering mail.
While he was a great protector, he was also timid. New people, objects or sounds caused him to tuck his tail between his legs. It would take time for him to adjust to new things in his immediate surroundings.
Hans did wonderfully with obedience training. He was easy to train, and he enjoyed learning new tricks. He was especially keen and had a good wit about himself.
Overall, Keeshounds require constant companionship. They don’t like to be left alone too long and do like to have their noses into everything.
The image of the Keeshound was taken by "Keeshond beech" by JB (John) - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
From esteebeck Jun 28 2015 3:01PM
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From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 161 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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