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Keeshond Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Keeshond so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany Netherlands
Other Names
What other names does the Keeshond have? The dog breed also known as...
Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfsspitz, Wolfsspitz, Kees
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Keeshond recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Keeshond recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Price
How much does the Keeshond puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Keeshond price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Keeshond, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Keeshond for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Keeshond gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Keeshond size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Keeshond weigh? Keeshond weight:
35-45 pounds (15-20 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Keeshond? Keeshond average weight:
40 pounds (17.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Keeshond? Keeshond height:
Male: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Keeshond average height:
Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Keeshond have? What does this canine coat look like?
FluffyDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Keeshond's coat?
SilverGrayCreamBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Keeshond and how often?
Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Keeshond a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Keeshond, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Keeshond dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dutch Barge Dog? Keeshond shedding level:
Keeshonds are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Keeshond have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AgileObedientQuickIntelligentBrightPlayfulSturdy
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Keeshond? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Keeshond dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Keeshonds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Keeshonds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Keeshond sensitivity:
Keeshonds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Keeshonds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dutch Barge Dog need? Keeshond social needs:
Keeshonds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Keeshond dogs bark a lot? Why does my Smiling Dutchman bark?
High: The Keeshond is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Keeshond good as a watchdog?
Keeshonds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Keeshonds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Keeshond dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Keeshonds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Keeshond bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dutch Barge Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Keeshond? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Keeshond has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Keeshond do?
Keeshonds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Keeshonds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Keeshond to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Keeshond roam?
Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Keeshond have high prey drive?
Keeshonds have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Keeshond good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Keeshonds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Keeshonds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Keeshonds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Keeshond dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Keeshonds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Keeshond dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Keeshond and children:
Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Keeshond dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Keeshond good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Keeshond dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Keeshond can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Keeshonds good office dogs? Do Keeshonds make good office friendly dogs? Can Keeshonds be office dogs?
No
Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Keeshond dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dutch Barge Dog temperament with senior people? Are Keeshond dogs good for elderly owners?
Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Keeshond dogs get along with other pets? Are Keeshond dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Keeshonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Keeshond breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Keeshonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Keeshond be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Keeshond is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Keeshond be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Keeshond is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Keeshond be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Keeshond is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Keeshond be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Keeshond breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Keeshond be a boat dog?
Not really
Keeshond breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Keeshond be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Keeshond is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Keeshond dogs have health problems?
The Keeshond is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Keeshond dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Keeshond be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Keeshond breed hypoallergenic?
No
Keeshonds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Keeshond have?
Keeshonds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Keeshond dogs require per day?
Keeshonds exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Keeshonds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Keeshond need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Keeshond risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Keeshond's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Keeshond's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Keeshond can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Keeshond has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Keeshond drool?
The Keeshond is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Keeshond could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Keeshond. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Keeshond pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Keeshond pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Keeshond: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Keeshond have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Keeshond have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Keeshond

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed.
  • Drooling tendency: The Keeshond is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Keeshonds are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Keeshonds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Keeshonds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Keeshonds are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Keeshonds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Keeshonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Reviews

  • Didi

    Oct 9, 2020, 3:04:33 PM:

    Fabulous companion. Affectionate and friendly yet stubborn and curious.