Country of Origin: Germany, Netherlands
Color: Black, Black & Silver, Silver, Grey Cream & Black, Grey & Black, Grey
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Height: 43-46 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Weight: 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg)
Litter Size: 4-8 puppies
The Keeshond has an arctic origin. In the eighteenth century the Keeshond was known as a dog of the people.
In its veins runs the blood of the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound, and Pomeranian.
At the beginning of the French Revolution, it became the symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party, led by the patriot Kees de Gyselaer. Gyselaer owned a dog named Kees, which gave the breed its name.
The Keeshond is a compact little animal with a strong resemblance to its ancestor, the Samoyed. Its eyes are medium sized and dark in color.
The ears are erect, triangular in shape and set high on the head. The tail is medium in length and carried over the back. The muzzle is medium in length and well-proportioned to the skull.
The feet are catlike, compact and well rounded. The dog has both a long, straight, harsh outer coat, which comes in shades of gray with black tips and a thick, downy undercoat, which is cream or pale gray. The coat stands away from the body.
Temperament: Playful, Obedient, Agile, Bright, Sturdy, Quick
Health Problems: Prone to hip dysplasia, skin problems and heart disease. In some Keeshonden that have unsound stifles, very demanding exercise will cause trick knee to develop.
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