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Keeshond puppy

Keeshond puppy

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"Calista" and "Katie"

Another member of the Spitz family of dogs, the Keeshond (pronounced 'kays hond') comes from Holland where he has worked since the mid-1700s as a companion and watchdog on the canal barges. Also known as the Wolfspitz and the "Dutch barge dog", the Keeshond has also been used as a hunter, herder, and draft dog. He is believed to have been developed from sleigh dogs used in the Arctic. 

The Keeshond is named for Kees de Gyselaer, a 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 tips 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. 


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Shannon de Bruin, Admiraal Keeshonden Reg'd



Shannon de Bruin
11524-37B Avenue
Edmonton, AB   T6J 0K3

Admiraal Keeshonden Reg'd


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Did you know?


The Keeshond's
happy disposition has
led to its nickname
"The Smiling Dutchman".


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