The Keeshond is a typical spitz-type dog with a plush protective thick coat, prick ears and curly tail. It is also known as the Dutch barge dog and forms part of the utility group.
Netherlands and Germany
The Keeshond probably originates from the Artic like many other Spitz-type dogs, before being developed in the Netherlands into the dog we know today. It is also known as the Dutch barge dog, German Spitz, Chien Loup and the Lupini.
The Keeshond is a typical type of Spitz dog, solid and compact. It has a thick, waterproof double coat that provided protection against the harsh elements and a tail that curls over the back. The Keeshond feels the heat, so exercise should be provided during the cooler hours of the day in hot weather. The Keeshond is a vocal breed, like many Spitz dogs.
The breed is alert, friendly and enjoys human companionship. It enjoys being part of the family, and normally patient and gentle around cheerful. Keehonds are not dogs to be left alone for long periods of time, and can develop unwanted behaviour such as separation anxiety. They make excellent guards around the home and will certainly alert you of somebody approaching the house. If socialised well from an early age, the Keehond should be happy living with cats, but care should be taken around other smaller family pets.
The Keehond is prone to obesity, so meal portions should be monitored.
The Keeshond comes in a variety of colours which include:
Height bitch 40-46cms
Height dog 44-48cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 15-20kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 15-20kgs
The Keeshond is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of exercise every day.
Yes, but new dog owners should be aware of the vocal nature of the breed and also ensure these dogs do not suffer from the heat in warm weather.
Medium. The thick coat may look daunting to new owners, but is in fact easy to groom and being waterproof, mud and water simply slides off the coat. A large soft slicker brush can be used to penetrate the thick coat and remove any debris and tangles. The coat should not be clipped or shaved.
Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies such as ticks.
No. The Keeshond sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The Keeshond is a fairly hardy breed, but owners should consult their breeder about the following known issues in the breed:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Keeshond should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.
No current information is available as litters are quite rare. Register your interest with an assured breeder so they can advise you of expected litters. Just 155 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.
A bitch weighing 15kgs will require around 237gms of complete dry food daily.
A dog weighing 20kgs will require around 283gms of complete dry food daily.
An average bitch weighing 15kgs will cost around £6 per week to feed.
An average dog weighing 20kgs will cost around £7 per week to feed.
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the utility group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: