The Keeshond is a cheerful, happy dog that is very energetic. They love children and the other family pets. They are very gentle and obedient.
The Keeshond dog will usually weigh 50 to 65 pounds and be 16 to 19 inches tall. They are medium sized dogs with thick coats. They have a mane around their neck. They resemble the Samoyed which they are related to. They are mixtures of black, white and gray in color.
The Keeshond's ancestry traces back to the Samoyed, Pomeranian and Chow Chow. The Keeshond worked on the Rhine River on Dutch riverboats. They were loved for their intelligence and strength. In the 18th century when the working class rebelled against the Dutch Royal family they were the working classes mascot. When the working class lost the Keeshond's numbers decreased.
The Keeshond was originally bred to guard the Rhine river barges. They are still very protective, cautious and alert dogs. They are good watchdogs and will bark easily. They will get very attached to their owner. They will seem to understand their needs and react accordingly.
They will need a great deal of attention and if they do not get it they will get very upset. They can adjust to apartment living it they get a great deal of exercise and attention. They will get hot because their coat is so thick so they need to be kept col. They love air conditioned places.
The Keeshond needs to be groomed on a regular basis. In the fall and spring they will shed a lot so they will need daily brushing.