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Keeshond History

The Keeshond is a breed of small to medium-sized herding dog from the Netherlands. The Keeshond is a medium-sized, long-coated spitz type with a long muzzle. The coat can be any colour, but the most common are black, grey, silver, and red. The Keeshond has a sweet expression, rounded head, and is eager to please. The Keeshond is intelligent, obedient, and alert. The Keeshond gets along well with children and other pets. The thick fur of the Keeshond makes it prone to overheating, especially in warm weather.

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Keeshond Physical Characteristics

The Keeshond is a small, short-haired breed of dog that is typically between 14 and 16 inches long and weighs between 18 and 30 pounds. They have a round head with a flat skull, large dark eyes, and a straight, black nose. The ears are erect and thin. They have a straight, tapering tail that curls over the back. The Keeshond has a thick, double-layer coat of hair that is soft and silky. They are an alert, playful, and affectionate breed.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 17 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 35 – 45 lbs

Female Weight Range: 35 – 45 lbs

Keeshond Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Keeshond Health Concerns

Renal Cortical Hypoplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Mitral Valve Disease, Heart Disease, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Skin Problems, Congenital Heart Defect

Keeshond Temperament and Behaviour

The Keeshond is an intelligent, friendly and happy-natured dog that enjoys human companionship. They are fairly calm, but can be energetic and playful. They are playful with young children, but can be shy with strangers. The Keeshond is a great house pet that is mostly quiet, but can become noisy when they get excited.

Keeshond Activity Requirements

Looking for a dog that loves people? Then a Keeshond might be right for you. This playful, affectionate, and outgoing small dog is a gentle companion and a loyal friend. While Keeshonds do require regular walks, they are not overly energetic and do not require the same amount of exercise as some other breeds. Most owners find that two 15- to 30-minute walks a day are sufficient. A home with a fenced yard is ideal for this friendly and energetic little dog. A fenced in yard provides a safe place for your Keeshond to explore, play, and burn off some energy.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Keeshond is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Keeshond is part of the Utility group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Keeshond is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Keeshond is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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