Keeshond


"Smart, congenial, and an ideal size, the Keeshond is the ultimate family friend...

"..his cleverness exemplifies this breed that originated as an alarm dog on Dutch barges...

"Bred to thrive in close maritime quarters, the medium-size Keeshond adopts readily to city living. A consummate family dog.. houetrains easily... laidback, genial temperament...

"..Keeshonden (the plural form derives from the Dutch)... pronounce it (say "Kayz-hawnd," with the last part rhyming with "bond")...

"Group: Non-sporting (AKC); Northern Breed (UKC).

"Size: Females 17 inches, 30 to 40 pounds.

"Activity level: Moderately high.

"Best home: Families or active households where the Keeshond will be an integral part of daily life with only short periods of solitude...

"...the striking luxurious coat... a lazy man's glamour dog... ideally, one hour twice a week [will] provide the necessary coat care...

"Keeshond hair does not stick, but rather rolls off surfaces readily. Dirt and mud tend not to accumulate in the coat, making frequent baths unnecessary. And the Keeshond doesn't have a doggie odor...

"One potentially challenging characteristic of the breed.. it is a barker... [and] the highly intelligent Keeshond has a stubborn streak... they are mischievous if they're bored...

"Indeed, the breed's gregariousness and craving for human companionship mean that a life as an outside dog is out of the question...

"The Keeshond's fun-loving nature explain its nickname, "The Smiling Dutchman"...

"Penny Manser of GemKees Keeshonden in El Dorado Hills, Calif., publishes JabberwocKEES, a quarterly magazine devoted to the breed...

"...the Keeshond possesses a sensitive soul that keeps it in tune with its people's needs and moods, and those of all the creatures in its household." (Flaim, Denise. "Dutch Treat." Dog Fancy, June 2003, 47-51).


Keeshond Club of America.
Keeshond Rescue, Texas
Keeshond Breed info
Keeshond Profile


Colby Glass, MLIS