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Breed origin: Arctic
Original purpose: Family companions and watchdogs.

AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 35 to 45 lbs
Size: Height: males 17 to 19 inches; females 16 to 18 inches
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Color: A dramatic mixture of gray, black and cream.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility

Grooming requirement: 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.

Additional photos of Keeshond

Recommended books for further reading:

Keeshond (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By J. Piet Hussel
Published in 2004
155 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Keeshonden
By Peter Dowd and Ellen Dowd
Published in 2000
160 pages

Keeshonden (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Joe Stahlkuppe
Published in 1993
80 pages

Guide to Owning a Keeshond
By Audrey Pavia
Published in 1997
64 pages

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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

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