If you're looking for a dog that is fluffy and full of fun than the Keeshond may be for you! This spitz type dog features a fabulous coat which consists of a short undercoat and a long overcoat making it quite fluffy indeed. Dating back to the 18th century, the Keeshond claims relatives of the Pomeranian, Chow Chow, Samoyed and Elkhound breeds. once used by the Dutch to guard canal boats, this breed was introduced to the US in the 1920s.
The Keeshond is a medium-size dog weighing in at around 50 pounds and reaching about 18 inches in height but don't let his size fool you as he has a big personality. This playful breed is very lively and intelligent - a great pet for an active family. ever alert, this dog can be kind of active inside but is very quick to be trained as long as you use gentle and consistent training methods. They are a loving and friendly breed will get along well with children and other pets.
The Keeshond wants to be with his family and take part in all the family activities. This compact fluffy dog has dark eyes and triangular ears that sit up straight. Looking like an oversized Pomeranian, he has a curly tail that rolls over on his back. A thick undercoat in light gray or cream causes his silvery overcoat to look even fluffier. The outer hairs are shades of gray with dark black tips.
While the keeshond is active inside he can do okay in an apartment as he only needs moderate exercise outside. A walk after supper each day with a romp in the park on the weekends to do him just fine. The Keeshond will do best however with a moderate sized yard but remember they prefer cool weather so make sure they are not left out to sweltering heat.
While Keeshond's can live for up to 15 years with good care they are prone to a few health problems. This breed can be susceptible to canine hip dysplasia and it can also have skin problems as well as heart disease. Proper care and yearly vet checkups will help your Keeshond remain healthy. Remember to have your dog immunized with all the appropriate immunizations and follow your Vets advice for healthcare and feeding.
Be sure not to overfeed the Keeshond as they can have a tendency to gain weight. With such a luxurious coat you might think that grooming your Keeshond could be a full-time job but, in fact, this breed only requires a good brushing everyday with a stiff brush. Be sure to brush both the outer layer in the undercoat. He can be bathed as needed. Of course, his fabulous coat does not come without a price and he does shed excessively in the spring and fall.
But a little bit of hair is a small price to pay for such a wonderful pet!.
Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.dogbreeds123.com where you can learn more about dog care, dog training and dog breeds like the Keeshond