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Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond" Compare Swedish Lapphund and Keeshond. Which is better: Swedish Lapphund or Keeshond?
Name Swedish Lapphund Keeshond
OriginsSweden Germany Netherlands
Group Companion Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank32887
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Other Names Svensk lapphund Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfsspitz, Wolfsspitz, Kees
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
No set
Price $400-$600 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond

Size Medium Medium
Weight Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg) 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg) 40 pounds (17.5 kg)
Height Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond

Coat Fluffy Fluffy
Dense
Colors White
Brown
Black
Silver
Gray
Cream
Black
Grooming
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
Keeshonds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond

Temperament Affectionate
Kind
Trainable
Alert
Lively
Versatile
Agile
Obedient
Quick
Intelligent
Bright
Playful
Sturdy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
Keeshonds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
Keeshonds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Keeshonds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Keeshonds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
Keeshonds are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
High: The Keeshond is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
Keeshonds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Keeshonds are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Keeshond has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Keeshonds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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
Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Keeshonds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Swedish Lapphunds 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.
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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond

Stranger Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Keeshonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Keeshonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Keeshond breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond

Health Issues
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
The Keeshond is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Ear Infections
Eye Infections
No set
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Keeshonds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Keeshonds exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Keeshonds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Keeshond can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Keeshond has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Keeshond is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Swedish Lapphund vs Keeshond

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 3-8 puppies

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