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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Male: 45; Female: 35 lbs
Male: 17-19; Female 16-18 inches
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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How much do Keeshond puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Keeshond varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Keeshond puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Keeshonds sold is $612.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Keeshond with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,400 upwards to $4,300 or even more for a Keeshond with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Keeshonds sold is $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $612.50
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $1,400.00 to $4,300.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 1708 Keeshond puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Keeshond puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Keeshonds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Keeshond Names for 2021

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 1708 Keeshond dogs.
  • 1. Isaac
  • 2. Dallas
  • 3. Wally
  • 4. Bear Bear
  • 5. Pooh Bear
  • 6. Snuggle Bear
  • 7. Teddy Bear
  • 8. Troy
  • 9. Wilson
  • 10. Baby Bear
  • 11. Fuzzy Bear
  • 12. Jackie
  • 13. Smokey Bear
  • 14. Bella Bear
  • 15. Dayton
  • 16. Bella
  • 17. Krissy
  • 18. Bandit Bear
  • 19. Brea
  • 20. Bruno

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Member Since: January 2006
Location: Space Coast, Florida
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Breeder of companion keeshonden since 1985. I screen all buyers to make sure each puppy is going to a good and safe home. I won't sell to brokers or pet stores. I do breed at least once a year. All keeshonden are OFA and CERF certified as well as the DNA of the males is registered with the AKC.

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Anonymous asked:
What age is the best time to have your keeshond puppy spayed? I have heard pros and cons about getting them spayed too early.

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When ever a dog is altered (spayed/neutered), there are going to be some effects. One of the main ones is that the hormones that the reproductive organs give to your dog directly coordinate with the bone density of your dog. Altering too early, your dogs bone density is only designed for the size your dog is then, not as an adult. When you are hoping for, is to alter your dog when he/she is at least 75% fully grown or of course, fully grown. Keeshonds finish growing at 10 months to a year. If you can wait until your got is between 8 months - 1 year old; that is the best/safest time for your dog to be spayed.

Anonymous asked:
Are Keeshond's almond eye with glasses and double kink tail? Our last male my daughter took first place at Denver Collosium 4 years and his was 4 though at Westminster. Good shoulder markings? I prefer slightly larger males

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I am unsure as to what your question is. The AKC has the Keeshond being between 35 - 45 lbs at full grown without being over-weight.

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How are Keeshond's around cats?



The Keeshond has a moderate prey drive, meaning that if a small animal such as a squirrel or cat runs, then they will chase it. However, the breed is very intelligent and easy going; so if raised with cats from an early age then the breed can do just fine with cats as an adult dog.


Both of my Keeshonds have gotten along very well with our two cats. We did however get them at the same time so they grew up together


Just rescued a Keeshond and he gets along GREAT with dogs and cats. Good boy only 6 months old.


I have had one Keeshond cross and one registered Keeshond and they were both very good with cats, in fact the reg. one loved cats and was shy around other dogs! They are so loving and kind.

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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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.


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.


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.


I had my keeshound for 16 years. She was the most loving and well behaved. dog. We lost her to cancer,we have not wanted a dog since. She could never be replaced. She passed 10 years ago.


I wouldnt consider a Keeshond to be a "gaurd" dog of any sort. They are pretty friendly but they will bark at strangers at times. They are however great watch dogs if you ask me. No one would ever get in my house or close enough with out my pup letting me know and she's been doing that for 14 years now! The best thing about them is that even when they are old they still act like a puppy at heart.


I just put my boy down on 3/29/17, this week. At age 11, he'd been diagnosed with anal sac carcinoma metasticized in the lumbar nodes last June. Only given weeks to live, he had 8 happy months with low dose prednisone, essiac tea, and k-9 immunity capsules. My heart is breaking, and I keep looking for him looking for ME. From the moment I got him (a surrendered dog of 10 mos) I was his business. He or his eyes followed me if I moved and he was at my feet or next to me all the time. He let me snuggle him before sleep, then climbed under the bed after I dozed off. He was friendly with everyone in a greeting, playful way, but he always came back to me. He barricaded the door if he saw or heard signs of my leaving. He had a sharp bark that could take your fillings out, but only as an alarm: once the source was discovered he quieted right down. He barked when he wanted to play with other dogs but they didn't always care for the racket. He took to barking at 4 am for several summer mornings and I finally realized that an unwelcome admirer was running his truck outside my home. He was never randomly yappy. He loved to swim but had to be blown dry or could get hot spots.


My Keeshond passed away at age 16 from pancreatic cancer. She was our 2nd one and they are the kindest most loving dogs we have ever had. We are just now starting to think about getting another one after 5 years. The pain of losing her is still there tho and still cry over her lose at times. They are full of energy and love to run and play and to please you. Very smart and can teach them most anything in short order and they can teach you a lot too!!! They love to be with you and think that they are helping you. If you keep them groomed good in the spring and fall, I didn't think that they shed that much in between and if they do, shed it is usually a wad of hair, instead of loose hair everywhere. We are starting to look for another one, but am having trouble finding one that we can afford and in our area.


My Keeshond also died of cancer after 14 years.


I bought my Keeshond in Milwaukee from a pet store in 1975. My husband was away on a Coast Guard Cutter for most of his puppy days. I’d never had a dog before & I followed a pamphlet on how to train. Booklet said to lay newspaper down all over apartment & pickup until you only had one spot to pee. That lasted a week when I decided that was enough. I took him outside & I taught him to ‘do his duty’ in the woods. It took just 2 days & he would go to the door & wait for me to take him out (& this was wintertime in Milwaukee.) My dog/companion Never Barked, chewed on an end table leg only once (for which I gently scolded him with NO!) He never chewed on anything else except what he was allowed. We were together all the time. My neighbors were Coast Guardsmen wives. Next door was teaching her dog to bark on command when someone would come to the door -Big Mistake! He found his voice. Always friendly to strangers & family. Extremely smart & extremely easy to train. I never needed a leash when outside walking on sidewalks or crossing highway. I lucked out on my first dog.


I have Had three Keeshounds over 48 years each living long lives. I am waiting for my forth and last puppy right now. They are wonderful watch dogs. Their barks scare strangers. I feel so alone with out my Darby ( male Keeshound) he never left my side, They really don't like to be alone or teased. They are a solid member of family The most Loyal Dog I ever owned! A while back I had a brain aneurism and I had to go through PT. One of visiting house workers said "oh I don't like your dog".. Darby looked up at me and I said to the woman Thats ok he doesn't like you either and we both smiled. The dog and I. They are also known as the smiling Dutchmen. They love to please. They Love to Love and be Loved. Point of story I told the woman perhaps best if she leave. :) Point to leave because of a friendly tail wagging Keeshound blows my mind. Some people just don't like dogs period. If you are looking for an attack guard dog this is not the breed!!! A watch dog yes *smile* For Darby had a wonderful deep bark. I always said to my husband "he barked for a reason" and he watched over me and house but other then bark he would never attack another!!!!! Gee think I miss him... Sigh My next one will be named The Great Gatsby we will call him Gatsby Gatz for short ... He will be loved and treated like gold :) .....

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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Updated: 9/27/2021