Dog Breed Facts: Keeshond Edition

1. The Keeshond is originally from Germany.

The Keeshond is a unique breed. It was bred from a variety of four different dogs. The four dogs utilized were the Chow Chow, the Pomeranian, the Norwegian Elkhound, and the Finnish Spitz. These are all fluffy dogs like the Keeshond.

The breed originated in Germany. They were originally called the German Spitz before their name changed to a Wolfspitz. The name of the Keeshond was not given to them until much later. This, in itself, is a German word that was utilized in the naming process for this dog.

2. Keeshonds like to smile.

The Keeshond is known for its infamous smile. This is a very humorous face that these dogs make that can bring a smile to anyone’s face. You could probably even train a Keeshond to make this smiling face on command.

How the Keeshond makes this face is by curling their upper lips upward. When doing so, all of their teeth are shown. A nickname that has been given to the Keeshond due to this is the Smiling Dutchman. The name continues to be a nickname for this beautiful dog.

3. The Keeshond is truly a Spitz.

One of the dogs that helped in the breeding process for the Keeshond was the Finnish Spitz. Spitz qualities are seen when looking at the appearance of this dog. They are even the same size as many other breeds of the Spitz in that they are medium-sized.

The Keeshond also has curled tails that are super fluffy and straight ears. Their coats are very thick to keep them warm and protected, asking for a lot of shedding. Many dogs in the Spitz family do tend to shed excessively.

4. The Keeshond does not require too much exercise.

The Keeshond only needs moderate levels of exercise. It does need at least some activity throughout the day to let some energy out. This could be as simple as letting them out back for a few minutes to taking them on a short walk.

Keeshonds do enjoy playing. You can try to engage them in play if you would like to play with them to help them with exercise. You could play fetch with them and help them exercise to give them a game-like activity to engage in.

5. The Keeshond is not guard dog.

The Keeshond is terrible at being a guard dog or a watchdog. They only bark and do not do much else. Overall, they love people and want to get to know other people, running quickly up to these people if they feel as if they can trust them.

The Keeshond does bark a lot, however. It will bark at anyone who appears to be a threat to them whether or not they are. It is important to be prepared for this level of barking, though, as it is very high pitched and loud.

6. The Keeshond needs proper socialization.

The Keeshond needs to be socialized with other dogs early on. It could become suspicious and wary of other dogs if it is not socialized early. Make sure they get along with dogs early on if there is a chance of having them meet other dogs or you are considering getting another dog.

The Keeshond can meet other dogs by going to the dog park or going to classes. If not, they will become wary and shy. They may feel threatened when their space is invaded.

7. The Keeshond has a very unique coat.

The Keeshond has a very similar build and looks to other dogs that are from the same family. What is different about the Keeshond is that they are colored differently. The Keeshond’s coat is a mixture of grays, whites, and blacks.

The undercoat of the Keeshond is a solid color of cream or pale gray. To be a standard dog, you should be able to see the shoulders through color markings. You should also be able to see feet that are cream in colored. Otherwise, the Keeshond is not a pedigree dog.

8. The Keeshond is a very intelligent breed.

The Keeshond is extremely intelligent. It is the sixteenth most intelligent dog that is a working breed. This is according to The Intelligence of Dogs that was written by Stanley Coren.

Keeshonds are extremely trainable. They want boundaries and do well with having boundaries. It is possible that they could be a stubborn breed, but they will be obedient overall when they are given certain commands and tricks. It is important to give the dog respect and to make sure you are creating the appropriate boundaries for it to learn in.

9. The Keeshond reacts to loud noises.

The Keeshond has a very strong sense of hearing compared to other dogs. It is also very emotionally sensitive and can quickly pick up on the emotions of other animals and the people it is around.

The Keeshond may react very quickly to loud noises in the home for these two reasons. They may become anxious or even aggressive if there are too many loud noises occurring. Try to keep the Keeshond away from shouting and any other loud noises that may occur in your home.

10. The Keeshond needs extra grooming.

The Keeshond is a dog that requires grooming to keep its coat at the top of its condition. It is important to take time to brush these dogs several times within the week due to its long fur and thick double coat.

Brushing your Keeshond frequently will also help to prevent shedding. Matting and tangled hairs may also occur if you do not brush your dog enough. Keeshonds do not smell bad or have bad odors either, so you will not have to give them baths all that often.

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