The Keeshond is a Spitz type breed, just like other Northern breeds, like the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound and Chow Chow. He's a sturdy, handsome dog with a thick coat and alert face. Originally used as a watchdog on riverboats and barges, the Keeshond became the symbol of the Dutch Patriot Party in the 18th century and was depicted in numerous cartoons and drawings of the time. Today, they make affectionate family companions. Your Keeshond puppy is a good-natured quick learner, friendly with both people and other dogs. Give him plenty of exercise and a good brushing a few times a week to keep him at his best.