It is pronounced as KAZE-hond.The name “KEESHOND” was named after the 18th century Dutch Patriot. The dog was the rebels symbol. The word ‘keeshond’ is a compound word ‘Kees’ is a nickname for Cornelius, and ‘hond’ is the Dutch word for dog. Keeshond appeared in Netherlands and is considered as a part of the german spitz family. The club of german spitz was founded in 1880. The German standard was revised in 1901 to specify the characteristic color. The Nederlandse keeshond Club was formed in 1924. The Dutch Barge Dog Club of England was formed in 1925 by Mrs. Wingfield-Digby and accepted into the British Kennel Club in 1926, when the breed and the club were renamed to Keeshond. The keeshond dog was found in arctic region. . In the eighteenth century the Keeshond was known as “a dog of the people.” In its veins runs the blood of the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound, and Pomeranian.
It is a little animal and has a sturdy built. It has medium sized eyes which are dark in color. The muzzle is medium in length and has a good built. It has a medium sized tail.the coat on the body is straight and long and has shades of grey in it. Also the down undercoat is cream or pale in color. It has a thick double coat on its body. It has small and smooth hair on its legs. The male shes its undercoat once a year and female twice a year. The other important marking is the “spectacles,” a delicate dark line running from the outer corner of each eye toward the lower corner of each ear, which, coupled with markings forming short eyebrows, is necessary for the distinct expressive look of the breed. The Height of the Males is 17 – 19 inches (44 – 48 cm) and the Females are 10% less.
the Weight is some sources say 55 – 66 pounds (25 – 30kg), while others say 35 – 45 pounds (15 – 20 kg)
This breed loves the company of humans and is very loving with them. Socialize well to avoid them from becoming reserved or timid. Proper training should be given to them so that their behaviour can be controlled. These dogs love to bark and therefore are also called watch dogs.they should be taken for walk daily for physical and mental health.they are quick learners and even learn things that humans do not teach them. They are very obedient dogs. The Keeshond ranks 16th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, being of excellent working/obedience intelligence.
- It has a double coat so it requires proper brushing.
- The Keeshond’s coat sheds dirt when dry.
- The coat acts as insulation and protects the dog from sunburn and insects, so shaving or clipping is not desirable.
- Bathing and dry shampoo only when required.
- Keeshonden are hip dysplasia, luxating patellas (trick knee), epilepsy, Cushing’s disease, diabetes, primary hyperparathyroidism, and hypothyroidism. Von Willebrand’s disease has been known in Keeshonden but is very rare.
- Overfeeding leads to gain in weight easily.
They are apartment living animals. They require cool climate and cannot withstand the sun.
It has a life span of 12 years and 2 months.
Keeshond puppy are available for $900 to $1100.