Keeshonds are known to be intelligent, obedient, and alert, making them exceptional in training. These fluffy dogs are very playful and affectionate — they love to be around their people and other pets. Keeshonds have abundant two-layer coats and unique eyeglasses-looking markings around their eyes called “spectacles”. They shed heavily once or twice a year but are not as hard to groom as it seems. However, brushing their long, thick coat everyday is important to keep it well-maintained.
Origin of the Keeshond
The Keeshond, also known as the Dutch barge dog, was the image of the Dutch Patriots Party of the 18th century and is the national dog of the Netherlands. Keeshonds were originally dogs of the laboring class and were kept on barges as watchdogs and companions. They belong to the Spitz family together with breeds like the Pomeranians, Norwegian elkhounds, and Samoyeds, who are known for their thick coats and foxy faces. They were named after, Kees, the beloved canine of the leader of the Patriots, Kees de Gyselaer.
Is a Keeshond right for me?
If the Keeshond is your breed of choice, you just gained another loving member in the family. You just got yourself a charming people’s dog who would love to be involved in your activities. This “Smiling Dutchman” is full of personality and will surely melt everybody’s hearts.
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