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Breed origin: Arctic
Original purpose: Family companions and watchdogs.
AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Non-Sporting
Weight: 35 to 45 lbs
Size: Height: males 17 to 19 inches;
females 16 to 18 inches
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A dramatic mixture of gray, black and cream.
12 to 15 years.
The Keeshond is outgoing, friendly, lively, intelligent, alert, and affectionate. They are friendly with both people and other dogs, and are fond of children, making them excellent family dogs. They are quick learners, eager to please, and tend to become clingy to their owners. They have a loud bark and are very good watchdogs. However, while they will warn of any visitors, they will generally welcome the visitors into the home affectionately. The most common behavioral problem in Keeshonds is destructiveness out of boredom.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
The thick double coat needs to be brushed for about an hour weekly. The coat tends to shed dirt and has little doggie odor, so only needs baths infrequently.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, epilepsy, Cushing's disease, hyperparathyroidism, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Keeshond Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Keeshond Rescue Organizations