The Keeshond is named for Kees de
political figure who used his dog as the party mascot. The dog became
known as "Kees' dog" or Keeshond. A member of the Spitz
family of dogs, the Keeshond stands up
to 18 inches at the shoulder. He has a dense, thick double coat with long
hair that stands straight out. The coat can be any shade of grey with black
on the body fur. The feet and legs are covered with short, cream-coloured
fur. All that fur means shedding and extra care!
With his tailed curled up over his back
and a large ruff of fur around his neck, the Keeshond looks made for
cuddling. Known in Holland as "the smiling Dutchman", the
Keeshond seems to wear a constant happy grin and this sums up his
personality. Affectionate and loving, he adores children and family. He
has keen hearing which makes him a good watchdog. However, he loves people
too much to be an effective guard dog.
Although the Keeshond will adapt to any
level of exercise, he should have regular daily walks to keep him fit and
trim. He is intelligent and does well in obedience if motivated by a
patient and caring owner.