Great Keeshees

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Great Keeshees History

The Great Keeshees are a small, long-haired terrier-type dog breed originating in the United Kingdom. The Keeshees were developed in the 18th and 19th centuries from crosses between the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Airedale Terrier, and the Old English Sheepdog. The Keeshees were first developed as farm dogs, and were often used for rabbit and rat control. Today, the Keeshee is mainly a companion and pet. In recent years, the Keeshee has received a new surge of interest, and has seen its popularity increasing.

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Great Keeshees Physical Characteristics

The Great Keeshee is a medium-sized, long-legged breed that typically stands between 17 and 21 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds. They have a long, strong, and muscular body with broad shoulders and a sloping back. They have short, harsh and wiry hair that is coarse to the touch. They have large, protruding, oval ears that stand erect and a black nose. They have wide, flat nostrils and sharp, straight teeth. They are intelligent, independent, and courageous.

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Coat Colors

White, Silver, Gray, Cream, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 30 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 27 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 75 – 105 lbs

Female Weight Range: 65 – 95 lbs

Great Keeshees Health

Description of breed health.


11-13 yrs

Great Keeshees Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Cardiovascular Concerns, Diabetes, Wobbler’s Syndrome, Eye Diseases and Disorders

Great Keeshees Temperament and Behaviour

The Great Keeshees is a spirited and energetic breed of dog. They are smart, agile, and incredibly fast. They are highly protective of their family and territorial of their home, so they are not recommended for families with small children. Great Keeshees are intelligent, so they make wonderful working and companion dogs.

Great Keeshees Activity Requirements

The Great Pyrenees is a medium-size, protective herding dog. Although they are best known for being guard dogs and livestock guardians, they are good family dogs and wonderful companions. Most Great Pyrenees will be happiest with at least an hour of vigorous exercise each day. They are a high-energy, strong-willed breed of dog that enjoys challenging games of fetch. While they do prefer to have a large, fenced-in area, most Great Pyrenees are able to adapt to living in a house or an apartment. Their large size does make them best suited to homes with yards. However, their thick fur coats also make them suitable for a variety of climates. If you are looking for a great companion, a Great Pyrenees may be perfect for you. They are loyal, devoted, and can make a wonderful, well-behaved member of the family. If you are looking for an energetic, high-spirited, and athletic dog, this may not be the breed for you.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Great Keeshees is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Great Keeshees is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Great Keeshees is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Great Keeshees is part of the Unclassified group.

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