Keeshond Dog Breed Description, History, Grooming, Health Issues and Living Conditions

byTeacup Yorkie

Description: The Keeshond is a member of the Spitz group. This dog is 17 to 18 inches, in height and 35 to 45 pounds in weight. This dog has a stocky build, with a wedge shaped head, small but pointed ears and a medium length muzzle, in proportion to the rest of the body. The Keeshond tail is tightly curled and should be carried high. With good straight legs and catlike feet that are solid and well rounded. This breed has a dense double coat with a very thick ruff around the neck this is more pronounced in the male of the breed. This breed has a long straight and harsh outer coat. The colours are steel or grey with black tips. The undercoat being cream and pale grey this is soft. The Keeshond coat stands away from the main body, which exaggerates the ruff neck. This breed has a very expressive face.

History: The Keeshond breed has Arctic origins, and was known as "a dog of the people" as it was a symbol of the rebellions, against the house of Orange, in the 18th century. This breed, as we know it today, came from the Netherlands. It is known to be part of the German spitz family. It was first seen at the 1899 club the German spitz. And the German standards were revised in 1901, and it went on to be recognized by the British kennel club in 1915 then in standards set in 1926. The Keeshond was recognized by the club and given its present-day name. Thanks to a man called Carl Hinderer, visiting the AKC. The breed was registered in 1930, he had work hard for this recognition and even had all the German standards translated for the AKC. This dog has been known to be a guard dog and watchdog on river boats and barges, but mostly it has been known for being a companion.

Temperaments: The Keeshond is an excellent companion, which is filled with energy and has great intelligence. They are also great with children and are outgoing and friendly. This is a breed of dog that can be trained to perform tricks, and is quick to learn. The best way to train this dog is by using gentle but firm leadership. Socialising them well as a puppy helps to avoid any trouble later in life such as being timid. This dog is a very keen barker so it's important to teach them when to stop barking. This dog is an excellent watchdog and will warn you have the slightest change. A Keeshond needs daily exercise, both physical and mental, as it's intelligent and has energy to burn. The Keeshond needs you to be the pack leader, remaining firm, and consistent.

Health issues: The Keeshond can have hip dysplasia, heart problems and skin problems. Trick knee can happen with very demanding exercise. This dog can get overweight and so watching of their portion size is needed . Grooming: This breed grooming is easier than the coat looks. Daily brushing is needed against the grain first then lay it back into place. Bath only when really needed, as any more will strip the fur of its natural look. This is a heavy shedder but only twice a year in spring and autumn.

Living conditions: The Keeshond is fine in an apartment but will need to have daily exercise to lose all the energy this breed has.

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