Keeshond At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Non-Sporting); ANKC (Non-Sporting); CKC (Non-Sporting); KC (Utility); UKC (Northern)
Medium. Weight: 55–66 lbs Height: Males 18 inches; Females 17 inches
Plush and thick
Mixture of Gray, Black, Cream
12 to 14 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
This breed is sometimes called "The Laughing Dutchman".
The Keeshond is related to other German Spitz breeds, but favors the wolf-gray coloration. The breed was used as a companion and guardian of Dutch farms and other properties. The name Keeshond stuck when a dog owned by Cornelius Kees de Gyselaer used his loyal dog as the symbol of the Dutch Patriot Party. Their happy nature, wagging tails and loving personality has made them a popular breed worldwide.
The breed features typical Spitz-breed looks, with a very large, plush coat in a wolf-grey color. The tail curls over the back and the ears are upright and alert. The dog is a great companion both at work, or as a family pet as they love children.
This dog is happiest when he is part of the action. Vocal and active, they make great watchdogs, and love giving affection and cuddles to their family members, especially children. Their vocal and happy nature has earned them the nickname of “The Laughing Dutchman”.
The average lifespan is 12 to 14 years, above average for their size. A few breed health concerns include Cushing’s Syndrome, epilepsy, hypothyroidism and hyperparathyroidism. Their body types also make them prone to hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Regular veterinary care and treatment can help give them happy and long lives.
Brushing often is key to maintaining the plush thick coat of this breed. He is a heavy shedder seasonally, and should be brushed with a wire or metal brush to help remove dead hair and reduce amount of shed in the environment. Beyond brushing, this dog is an easy keeper.
Keeshonds have a mind of their own, and it shows in their training. They tend to want to learn what interests them, so patience and repeated practice are key in getting Keeshonds to do what their owners want, not just what the dogs want.
Walks are a great way to exercise these dogs, and it allows them to prowl and explore their “territory”. They are happy with daily activities and walks with their humans, and do well on regular exercise. Fun games, lots of love and walks will make the Keeshond a happy dog.