always wanted or need to know about Keeshonden!
Want to know what we feed our dogs? |
The Keeshond dog is:
- Standard size is 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder, and 30 - 40
pounds. We have had many variations of size with the rescued Keeshonden
over the years. The largest Keeshonden to date is 24 inches to his
shoulder at 70 pounds, and the smallest is 12 inches to her shoulder
at 22 pounds.
- Black, Silver & Cream; otherwise known as "Wolf Sable."Many
variations of the three colors, and all three colors are present
in purebred Keeshond dogs.
- Double coated northern breed, meaning they came from Northern
Europe and that their coat has two different layers. The top layer,
otherwise known as guard hairs is rarely if ever shed. The layer
under the topcoat, otherwise known as the under coat or insulation
layer is mainly shed twice per year in the spring & again in
the fall. Keeshonden require weekly brushing to keep their coat
in proper condition.
- Life Span
- 12 to 14 years on the average.
- They are great alert watchdogs, they are not guard dogs. Intelligent
- They are willing to please and easy to train when food is used
and positive reinforcement. If you don't use food &/or using
negative or corrective type training, the Keeshond can be nearly
- They do like to have their way, and they usually will use positive
methods of their own. Training will help, and it should always be
very positive with lots of food rewards.
- When a Keeshond of any age decides they love you they are a constant
companion. They will help you with whatever you are doing, their
first priority in life is to be with people! We refer to them as
"unbreakable umbilical cord dogs."
- They can be "chatty" and some do have many vocalizations.
There are a few that are down right barkers, though most bark for
- Some love to dig little pits in the ground to lay in, exposing
cooler or warmer ground depending on the season. Some younger dogs
just like to dig!
- Younger Keeshond dogs, like all breeds of dogs when they are young
love to chew.
- Keeshond dogs usually love children and people of all ages and
types. Our rescued Keeshonden are tested to insure that they can
be placed in a household with children.
Other animals - Keeshond dogs are an extremely social breed, and
love to be around other dogs or animals. We have successfully placed
Keeshond Rescue dogs in homes with other Keeshonden, dogs, cats,
birds, reptiles, etc. Our rescued Keeshonden are tested with other
animals to insure that they can be placed in a household with them
- Usually easy to train when the training is positive and food is
used as a reward. Keeshonden will do almost anything for food!
Keeshond dogs will not be happy kept outside, they are meant to live
in their family's house. Keeshond dogs will not be happy kept in a limited
space in the house, especially if they are kept where their family is
not. An unhappy dog almost always means it has an unhappy owner. Keeshond
dogs can function quite well in the home when the family is away at school
or work. When you are home, they need to be with you!
Keeshond dogs usually love to travel, whether on foot, in a car or other
vehicle. Keeshonden were bred to be companion animals, not for a sport
or for any work. The standard misconception is that they were working
barge dogs. In fact the dogs that the English observed on the barges were
usually the captain's or first mate's personal dog. Since it was possible
to bring their dog's to work, they did and the dogs were happier for it!
The Keeshond dog has received top winning honors in the show ring for
conformation (the typical show dog), obedience and agility.
Keeshonden across the country are doing therapy work in hospitals, nursing
homes, etc. The bottom line is that Keeshonden will do anything for the
love of their owners, and for food!!