Keeshond – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Companion Dogs
Height:
1 foot, 4 inches to 1 foot, 7 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
35 to 45 pounds
Life Span:
12 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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Keeshond is one of those rare dog breeds that look much larger than they really are. Thanks to their full and thick coat this small dog seem much muscular and bigger in size.

As a part of the non-sporting group, the Keeshond needs just about 20 to 40 minutes per day. A simple and longer walk of medium intensity should be enough to keep Keeshond’s physical needs satisfied.

This breed isn’t for the area where the climate is humid.

After all, their coat is thick and if left for too long in hot and humid weather this small dog may easily experience heatstroke. This is why they are more suitable for areas with four seasons, or big colder spaces.

As a double-coated breed, this breed has a woolly undercoat and a longer guard coat. They will blow their coat twice a year and having a vacuum cleaner on hand during that period wouldn’t hurt.

To keep this breed’s coat healthy daily brushing is ideal, but brushing twice per week should be enough. Keeshonden are intelligent dogs who are friendly by nature toward people and other dogs.

Their calm temperament and small size make them great family dogs for apartment living.

Within the canine world, this breed is also known for the ‘spectacles’, shadings, and markings located around the eyes that give the impression that the dog is wearing eyewear.