The Keeshond is an old dog breed, once a companion and watchdog on the barges and boats that traveled the canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Keeshond.
The origin of the Keeshond lies in Germany. The breed is believed to be result of crossbreeding between the Pomeranian, the Chow Chow, the Norwegian Elkhound and the Finnish Spitz. The breed´s earliest name was the German Spitz which was later changed to Wolfspitz and then finally to Keeshond.
The Keeshond is a medium sized dog with square, sturdy frame. It has a proportionate, wedge shaped head; medium sized eyes which are almond shaped and dark brown in color; small sized ears which are triangular in shape and carried erect; a proportionate muzzle with a strong, square appearance; a black nose with flared nostrils; taut lips which are black in color with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a medium length tail which is set high and profusely feathered. The tail is carried in a prominent curl over the back. It has short, stout legs which are heavily feathered with round, cat like feet.
3) Therapy Dogs
Keeshonds make excellent therapy dogs and nursing home visitors because of their lovable and affectionate nature. People love to see them and they have fun seeing all the people.
A Keeshond is a great watchdog but is not great at being a guard dog. The keeshond is better suited to colder weather than to heat. They are rated a ten out of ten in being affectionate.
This breed has a long, straight outercoat which is rough in texture and stands away from the body, and a dense and furry undercoat. The color of its coat can be a combination of gray, black and cream. The outercoat is tipped with black, and the undercoat is cream or pale gray.
The Keeshond is a seasonal heavy shedder. Its long and dense double coat needs regular grooming. Brushing or combing almost daily with a firm bristle brush is very much required to keep its coat healthy.
7) Separation Anxiety
The Keeshond is prone to separation anxiety and will be completely unruly at times. This is due to their need for human companionship. If they are alone for just a few hours they are fine, but any longer, they become very upset. A Keeshond may not be the best pet for someone with a full time job or has an active lifestyle.
8) Smiling Dutchman
The Kees is known as the "Smiling Dutchman" because of his tendency to curl his lip and bare his teeth in a hideous grimace. It's not a snarl, but only a happy and submissive grin.
9) Independent Mind
Keeshonds are more willing to listen to you than some other spitzes. But they do have an independent mind of their own and can be stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
The Keeshond is an active breed which needs daily exercise. Long walks daily are essential for physical and mental well being of the dog. These should be supplemented with jogging or running in an open area on a regular basis.