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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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Overview
The Keeshond is a member of the Spitz family. They have an Arctic origin that dates back to the 18th century. Their sole purpose was that of a popular family pet. This breed is compact, muscular, and extremely reliable. Keeshonds excel at being a watchdog, show dog, and companion.
Character
The Keeshond has an outgoing personality. They are commonly referred to as the "Smiling Dutchman", bestowed upon this breed for their ability to curl their lip to resemble a grin. The Keeshond often does this as a greeting for people they are extremely fond of.

Does your Keeshond bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Keeshond is highly intelligent and affectionate. They are friendly to other people and dogs. They adore children and are excellent family pets. They thrive on human companionship. They are empathic and intuitive, and are frequently used as therapy dogs. They have a loud distinctive bark and make good watchdogs. The Keeshond is loyal and full of personality. They are neither timid nor aggressive.
Care
The Keeshond requires thorough daily brushing. It is important to never clip this breed for the summer as the outer coat provides insulation from the heat and sun. Keeshonds are very clean breeds that will generally groom themselves. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Dry shampoo as needed. They may be prone to hip dysplasia, slipped stifles, Von Willebrand's disease, hypothyroidism, and epilepsy.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Keeshond has a plush, abundant double coat. The outer coat is long, straight, and harsh. The under coat is soft and downy in texture. The coat is extremely thick around the neck, shoulders, and chest. The hair on the head is short, smooth, and soft. The Keeshond has markings around the eyes that resemble spectacles. The coat is longer on the legs and is lighter in color. The most common coat color is a mixture of black, cream, and gray. They may also be black, brown, orange, buff, and white. The coat is shed twice a year.
Training
The Keeshond can be quite a challenge in the area of training. They have a mischievous streak and enjoy making up their own routine. They are extremely adept in obedience and agility. They do best with consistency, fairness, and structure. They become bored with repetitive training. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Keeshond puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Keeshond is happiest when they are participating in family activities. They do not require a great deal of exercise and make excellent apartment dwellers. They enjoy a daily walk, playing ball, or Frisbee. Keeshonds benefit from a small, securely fenced yard. If they are left alone outside for too long they may become bored and dig. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 45; Female: 35 lbs
Height
Male: 17-19; Female 16-18 inches
Color(s)
mixture of gray, black, and cream. Undercoat is pale, and tips of the outercoat are black. Black muzzle, ears, tail tip
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KEESHOND HEAVEN
Member Since: August 2005
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
I have Keeshond puppies for sale! See My Profile
I have breeding and raising keeshonds since I was 19 years old. Once you have this breed of dog you will learn there is no other dog with the same personality as them, This is a family pet who wants to be treated like a family member. I have 19 grown ups at this time, My dogs stay with me till they pass away of old age, not like many breeders who give them away when they do not show any more. Please come visit us and meet everyone.Our web site is www.keeshondheaven.com we are located near I78 in Lenhartsville Pa. 610-207-3138 Hope to see you soon! collene esterly-hamm

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Anonymous asked:
I have read contradictory information about Keeshounds as watch dogs. One site says that they are protective of their family and have a distinctive bark, while another says they are quite friendly to strangers. What is anyone's experience with a Keeshound? Also, are they dogs that frequently bark?

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You must understand what 'watchdog' means. 'Watchdog' is not the same as 'protection' or 'guard' dog. A watchdog is a dog that will alert the owner/family that there is someone or something on or near the property. While a protection or guard dog will alert as well as use aggression to keep the person or thing at bay away from the family/property. The Keeshond is a great family dog, they are good with strangers and are used as therapy dogs quite often. They do have a very distinct and loud bark, which is why they are a great watchdog. The Keeshond will tell you when something or someone is near, but they are not known to be protective in the way a guard or protection dog would be.

Anonymous

I owned a Keeshond. Love the breed. They are so friendly, will bark at a cat or dog, or stranger. But it is usually because they want to play with them. Our Keeshond alerted us once in the middle of the night that the neighbors garage was on fire. They shed a lot. Other than the constant shedding they are the perfect pet.

Anonymous

We had a Keeshond and he was a wonderful dog. He was very protective of all three of my children when they were babies. He would sleep under their crib and if you didn't belong in the room he would let out a low growl to let you know that you should not come in alone. I had one of my coworkers staying with us for awhile, the dog knew very well. One night he came home very late and the dog let him in the doorway but no further. He also wouldn't let him go back outside. My wife and I had to let him know it was okay for him to be in the house.

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My Keeshond was a wonderful dog. He was always very alert and would let you know if someone was at the door or in the yard because he would start a bark alert. The best thing was when door to door salesmen stopped by and would leave by the time you got to the door because they didn't want to bother with a dog. He was always friendly, to strangers and pets. He had a strong desire to chase cats, rabbits, and squirrels. He even caught a few! High energy and always wanted to be around people. When we went on vacation and dropped him off at the kennel, he would bust out and follow the people around. It didn't matter what kind of cage it was, he always got out! Smartest dog I have ever had! They need to be brushed twice a week and require regular exercise.

Anonymous

My Keeshond was my Therapy Dog. I suffer terrible depression and when I was laying down he would lay next to me and put his head on my back. If I was sitting he would put one front leg on each shoulder and lay his head under my neck and let me hug him as much as I wanted. Otherwise he would tolerate a hug only if he knew he would get a cookie. But if I was suffering he never asked for a cookie. He got along fine with my chickens who loved him because he would go and dig in the dirt. He would rather stay indoors than go outdoors unless we were going to the beach or Pet Shop where he had to go up and down the aisles and sniff everything. He was a bit rude tho as he would go up to a person and as soon as they told him what a beautiful boy he was he would turn around and leave. He was not the least bit aggressive . He died in March and I still cry every day. He is in every room and I am constantly thinking he is in his usual pose. I Miss him so much. He was 11 1/2 way to young. My other Keeshond died when he was 15 1/2.

Anonymous asked:
Some people post they are hobby breeders, what exactly is that? Are there criteria that differs from other breeders?

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A hobby breeder is someone who breeds dogs but has a full time or part time job as well. A breeder is someone who solely breeds dogs and that is their only source of income. Back Yard Breeders are the one's you want to steer clear of. They are the ones that just breed dogs because they are cute and sell the puppies for money but do not take care of their dogs.

Anonymous

That is not what a Hobby Breeder is at all. A hobby breeder is "Into" Dogs (shows, training, clubs, etc.). They belong to dog clubs and organizations, proves the quality of their dogs and suitability for breeding by competing for titles and certificates in conformation, obedience, agility, field trialing, etc. Pups' pedigrees are filled with dogs who have obtained show titles/working certificates; never breeds dogs without "papers", knowledgeable in every facet of breed, including that of health issues/defects; researches genetics when choosing mates, knows his puppies' ancestry.

Anonymous

A hobby breeder does not use dog breeding as a business and strives for quality, not quantity. Breeds only dogs which meet breed standard. Breeds only dogs that are over 2 years old, and a limited number of times. Mate choice could be anywhere in the country (almost never breeds his own males to his own females). Does all genetic testing and will provide proof; does not breed animals with genetic defects or which are carriers of defects. Puppies are sold from waiting list created before breeding even takes place, puppies are bred to meet the standard not all go to show homes and (show-quality costs more). That is only a few. Being a hobby breeder has absolutely nothing to do with whether you work full time or part time.

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They are people who have a passion for their breed. They show their dogs, they research about their breed. They are life-long students of the breed. They are members of local/ all-breed kennel clubs. They breed to better the breed. Breedings are done with parents who have been health checked and are an excellent representative. Puppies are raised in the home and extensively socialized. Prospective owners are interviewed before they're allowed to purchase a puppy, and sold on contract with guarantees, and will not sell to anyone who wants a dog. Impulse buyers are not accommodated by the serious hobby breeder -- That's one of the reasons that commercial breeders and backyard breeders exist. You won't find puppies from these breeders on the internet puppy sites. You may find they have private websites. sell companion puppies on AKC limited registrations with a spay/neuter contract.

Anonymous

Long time ago I bought a dog that the woman said was purebred poodle. When he grew up he had none of the poodle qualities except for the long nose. I had had three Standard Poodles in my lifetime and was well aware of their hair. This dog had no curls at all and looked more like a terrier. I had bought him for my husband and when he died I did a DNA test on him and it came back as 95% Poodle. I suspect this was a backyard breeder, breeding father to daughter and mother to son and so on. This is why you have to beware backyard breeders. Surprisingly enough he was very healthy.

Anonymous asked:
Do Keeshonds like the water? Do Keeshonds all bathe in their water bowl?

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No. Like all breeds of dogs, some like water while some other's don't. If you want your Keeshond to like water, make water a positive experience when you get your puppy. Although, they have a lot of fur and some of them will put their faces and paws into the water dish to cool off.

Anonymous

My half Keeshond/Australian Shepherd did not like to get wet. He would allow me to bathe him in warm water but really didn't like it. He was a wonderful dog but did have many allergies to common things. Hope to get another Keeshond someday.

Anonymous

My half Keeshond/Chow was fine with water as long as his paws didn't get wet. He would sit outside in the rain and be perfectly fine not wanting to come in. While if there was a puddle he would do everything to not walk through the puddle. If he was forced to walk through the puddle, he would hang his head down and pout.

Anonymous asked:
Why do some Keeshond breeders do health testing and what is the reasoning behind it? Asking because some talk of one specific test they did and others talk about fully tested.

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Personally for me, I want to make sure what tests are available for our breed are done. I want to make sure my dogs hips are sound, that any puppies produced come from parents who are OFA fair, good or excellent. I do hips/patellas/cardiac/elbows/thyroid/phpt and CERF these are the 7 tests ou they recommended. All breeders have issues any that tells you they have not I would be leery of, we wish we could test for everything and produce only the soundest puppies. Unfortunately not everything is in our control. Just as humans we are born healthy but could develop DM, or hypothyroidism even cancer even if none in our family lineage has it. But doing the health testing that is available is a good start.

Anonymous

Breeders who want to make sure that their breeding adults are healthy before breeding do the testing. It is a way to assure the healthiest puppies. Keeshonds have several health issues and some of them you can test your dogs before breeding. Testing your dogs and them passing the testing gives you a much greater chance of the puppies not developing the issues. If your dogs do not pass then spay/neuter is recommended so that the health issue is not passed to puppies. It is just a way of being as responsible as you can when breeding your dogs. There is much information at www.offa.org on health testing and the benefits in having health tested parents!

Anonymous

Patellar Luxation is a very good test to talk about. It is fairly common in this breed. It can be graded by a Veterinarian in a simple physical exam when taking your dog in for its annual exam. It cost only $15 to send the results into OFA for the public to view. If your dogs have this issue and you breed them anyway it will most likely be passed to some of your off spring. Why not know the parents are clear of the issue if you are thinking about a new puppy. You cannot test for every health condition but the ones you can I feel it is our responsibility as breeders to do the testing available.

Anonymous

What does one call a breeder that is using under age (less than one year) dogs for breeding and then breeds them every time the dog is in heat?

Anonymous asked:
What are the grooming needs for Keeshond hair?

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Anonymous

A good rake style brush, for removing loose undercoat. The best way I have found is to brush all the hair forward towards the head. You want to remove the collar, and pay attention to the hair underneath as it is likely to matt faster.

Anonymous

Before bathing a Keeshond, the dead hair should be removed from the coat,you should be able to comb through the entire coat right down to the skin without difficulty, I use a long toothed stainless comb, then use a regular dog shampoo like PurePet. I blow dry my dogs with a blower made for dogs, it has no heat settings.As you blow dry, you should brush with a soft brush, avoid pin brushes that can break the hair. They can be used once he is dry. Dry thoroughly to avoid matts from forming and prevent the wet hair from laying on the skin. Trim the hair on the pads, you can use a Dremel to round the nails. Do not forget to brush the teeth too. There are videos online to show how to properly groom the keeshond search it out it could help you.

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