Keeshonds are wonderful dogs with a very happy disposition. This breed is the national dog of the Netherlands. However, the Keeshond actually originated in Germany. The first Keeshonds were brought to North America from Europe many decades ago. They have proven to be popular pets due to their good natures. Many people do not know how to pronounce this animal's name. The correct pronunciation is Kayz-hond.
These canines are an average size and are particularly noted for their heavy two layer coat. Their thick tails curl up and the coat is particularly dense around the neck. A Keeshond will usually have a mix of black, silver and cream colors.
I have not personally owned one of these dogs, but a friend of mine had a female Keeshond for many years. She was one of the best behaved dogs I've ever known. The dog went everywhere with her owner and was well behaved when travelling in the car. Her behavior was characteristic of this particular breed.
They do make wonderful pets for the right owners. However, there are a few things a prospective owner should be aware of if they are thinking of bringing one into their home.
The Temperament of a Keeshond Dog
Keeshonds are friendly, active pets who get along well with kids and adults. If you have very small children, they should be supervised at first and taught how to handle the pet. They tend to be very conscious of people's emotions and will offer comfort to someone who is upset. Keeshonds are often used as therapy pets as they have the right temperament.
They love being with kids, and their playful nature makes them a fun pet to have. These canines are generally very obedient and require little discipline. They are intelligent dogs and easy to train due to their quick ability to learn.
So what are the potential drawbacks to owning a Keeshond? There are no major disadvantages, although there are a few characteristics people should be aware of. They will bond very strongly with their owners. This is true of all canines of course, but it is particularly pronounced with a Keeshond. The dog may become clingy at times.
This canine will not manage well on its own for long periods. The pet will likely become quite anxious if left alone for an extended period. Having a dog sitter or stranger to come over to check on the pet does not usually solve this problem. They identify with their family and will likely wait by the door for their owners to return home. The pet will not be satisfied to be cared for by someone else.
The dog may start to bark excessively or show other undesirable behavior if left on its own for too long. The barking is a means of getting attention or showing displeasure. It certainly can be annoying to neighbors if they are hearing a lot of barking, particularly if it is prolonged behavior.
So if you anticipate the dog would be alone for long hours on a regular basis, a Keeshond is not the best choice for a pet. These dogs are most likely to thrive if they are the only pet in the house, so that you can give them your undivided attention. You will be rewarded with a very affectionate pet that will want to please you and everyone else in the family.
Keeshonds will also bark when someone comes to the door, but not in an aggressive way. It's done as a warning to let others know someone is coming to the house. The dog will relax when you warmly greet someone at the door and will treat guests like a friend.
All dogs need exercise and stimulation, and the Keeshond is no exception. They love to have toys and things to do. It is important to keep the canine from becoming bored, because he or she will find things to do otherwise, such as chew at things you don't want to be chewed. You wouldn't want to leave your favorite slippers around if the dog has not had enough activity in a day.
They love the outdoors although the dog shouldn't be left outside unsupervised for long periods. Their coat provides good insulation regardless of the time of year, so they can be outdoors all four seasons. Of course care should be taken when temperatures are extreme just as you would for yourself or any other animal.
These Keeshond Pups are Just Adorable
Caring for a Keeshond
As you can see from the images here, the Keeshond has a very thick double coat. This coat helps protect the animal from both hot and cold weather.
Their heavy coat needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Ideally the pet should be brushed at least every second day. The dog's undercoat will shed once or twice a year and new growth will appear. During this time the shedding will be quite excessive.
This makes a Keeshond rather high maintenance as far as grooming is concerned. You will not have any resistance or behavior problems when you want to brush the pet due to its agreeable nature. However, they will require more care than some other dog breeds.
Shaving the coat is not encouraged as it provides the pet with protection from weather extremes. The pet does not require frequent bathing as the coat may get to too dry.
A Keeshond will usually live for at least 12 years with proper care and nutrition. The one condition they are more at risk to develop than some other breeds is deformation or displacement of the hip joint. This condition is known as hip dysplasia and occurs while the pet is still at the puppy stage. It is very treatable, although in some cases surgery will be required to correct the condition.
Keeshonds make good travelling companions. They will adjust quickly to being in a car. Of course they should be in a kennel and restrained for your safety as well as the pet. Even the most well behaved dogs should be in a restraint when in a vehicle in case of accidents or sudden stops.
So in conclusion, if you are looking for a dog who will be a companion for you and your family, you will enjoy having a Keeshond for a pet.