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The charming Keeshond garners admirers and oohs and aahs wherever he goes.  Oozing charm and appeal, the friendly and outgoing Keeshond's sparkling personality outshines their incredibly attractive appearance, with a square cobby body of compact size, carefully dramatized coat of black, gray and cream and foxy expression with plumed tail over their back, the charm of the package is complete.  It is to the breeds benefit that they have not been excessively popular, however they are still regularly seen in the "inventory" of puppy mills and other careless sources of puppies.  As such, care should be taken to get your Keeshond from a reputable and caring breeder or upstanding rescue. 

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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 16-19 inches
Weight: 24-38 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: gray, black and cream blended artfully ideally with black tipped/fringed ears, mask and tipping on tail. Coat type: double coat with long, straight harsh outercoat and thick, downy undercoat
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Well balanced, short coupled dog with dramatic coat and color combined with foxy expression and alert expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: outgoing, friendly, alert, affectionate, lively and intelligent
  with Children: Generally exceptional given that they are properly introduced, trained and supervised
  with other pets: Generally good
  with dogs: Generally very good, socialization is always important
Socialization requirements: moderate: To develop this well balanced attitude and confidence the dog must have appropriate life experience and training
Ideal home characteristics: One that recognizes the charm and potential of their dog and works toward implementing appropriate support. While grooming is not excessive it cannot be neglected with this coat or the dog will be uncomfortable and could lead to disease.
Temperament Notes: Happy and generally not shy or too bold but socialization is needed to insure this.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes:

A great contender for many dog sports but without the intensity that demands a job. Training can be at a pace that suits both parties as just a pleasant diversion.  Happy to be with their people, there is rarely anything more joyful than a Keeshond being trained by a happy owner.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: easily the 1800s maybe before
Country of Origin: Holland
Original Function: draft, herding, hunting and watchdog
History: Probably descended from the Wolfspitz (which the FCI still considers the Keeshond to be). Named for a political party in Holland for which it served as mascot.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, lack of spectacles, coat variations (loss of undercoat)
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, allergies,primary hyperparathyroidism
Health Testing: blood test (for hyperparathyroidism but only once dogs are 6 or older), OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Keeshonden?
  • Why do you have Keeshonden (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Keeshond?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Keeshond?
  • How would you describe the ideal Keeshond home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Keeshond?
  • How do you assist or help Keeshonden in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Keeshond Rescue of North America

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - UKC Standard for the Keeshond - Standard of the Keeshond Club of America

    Breeder Ethics: Keeshond Rescue of NA Code of Ethics

  - Keeshond Club of America Code of Ethics

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