AKC PuppyFinder: Keeshond Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Outgoing, lively, friendly to all; a lover, not a fighter
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Keeshonden appreciate several walks a day, the better to make new friends and explore new places
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-45 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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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.

History & Job
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Origin: The Netherlands

Year Recognized: 1930

Breed History & Job Description: The Keeshond (“kayz-hawnd”; Keeshonden, plural) was a hardy, nimble-footed barge dog long kept as a guard and companion on Dutch vessels that sailed the manmade waterways of the Low Countries. An unpretentious “people’s dog,” the Keeshond was a symbol of the 18th-century Dutch Patriots Party in its long opposition to the royal House of Orange. There’s historical disagreement over why the breed is called Keeshond: The name might refer to a Patriot mascot dog called Kees, or to two different Patriot leaders nicknamed “Kees.”

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The Keeshond is a healthy breed with congenital health issues being few and uncommon. A strong program of health and genetic testing and evaluation among responsible, AKC hobby breeders help to keep this breed sound. Always verify that your breeder has tested the sire and dam of your puppy for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, heritable eye disease and the presence of the PHPT gene before having made any breeding decisions. Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Keeshonden are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Keeshond Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.keeshond.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 92
  • Breed Referral Contact: Mary Benell - 321-635-8556
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Click here to see all Keeshond Rescue Groups.

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