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General Description:

The Keeshond (pronounced kayz-hawnd) is a natural handsome dog of well-balanced short-coupled body, attracting attention not only by his coloration, alert carriage, and intelligent expression, but also by his stand-off coat, richly plumed tail well curled over his back.  Fox-like expression, and small pointed ears.  Coat is very thick around the neck, forepart of the shoulders and chest, forming a lion-like ruff – more profuse in the male.  His rump andhind legs, down to the hocks, are also thickly coated, forming the characteristic ‘trousers’.  His head, ears, and lower legs are covered with thick short hair.



The Keeshond is a medium sized, square-appearing, sturdy dog, neither coarse not lightly made. The ideal height of fully matured dogs when measured from top of withers to the ground is 18 inches for males and 17 inches for bitches-a one inch variance either way is acceptable. While correct size is very important, it should not outweigh type.



A dramatically marked dog, the Keeshond is a mixture of gray, black and cream. This coloration may vary from light to dark. The hair of the outer coat is black-tipped, the length of the black tips producing the characteristic shading of color. The undercoat is very pale gray or cream, never tawny.


Energy Level:

Medium, love agility, like the short burst of energy. Easily bored with general obedience. Great dog for walks or if trained running. Have been used in pulling, sled dogs, etc. Happy to be included in every family activity.


Life expectancy:

Average longevity is between 12 to 16 years.



Adult Kees are generally terrific with children. Kees puppies are typical puppies with sharp teeth & nails and need to be monitored with children.


Other animals:

Normally get along with other animals. Good with cats if taught to respect them.



Smart, easily trained using positive training. Love the attention of working with owner(s). Prefer agility, rally, conformation to tedious repetition of general obedience, although they do well in obedience.



Need a basic grooming weekly. And more indepth grooming once a month. Blows undercoat once or twice a year and needs to have that completely brushed/combed out. Keeshonden have no natural body/coat odor.



General overall health is good. However, more genetic diseases are showing up in Kees and lately hearing about severe reactions to booster vaccines in Kees.


Best with:

Companions – Great companion dog, needs to be with family and an inside dog. Travel well. Great for walking companions, hiking, family trips.


Not for:

Not a good ‘only’ dog if family is gone most of the day. Do not leave alone in yard for long periods of time.



Great family size; love kids, no natural dog odor, excellent alert dog, have a big dog bark and will let you know if anyone is near the house. Look a bit like a bear or wolf so can back strangers off real easy.



Get bored when alone. Bark & dig if left alone outside. As they are alert dogs they will use outside opportunities to bark at everyone walking by & neighbors when they come out of their house.


Further Information:

Pacific Crest Keeshond Club (WA State based)
Keeshond Club of America, AKC
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