Keeshond

Non-Sporting Group

Two Keeshond dogs sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

17-18 in

Weight

35-45 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Keeshond (pronounced "kayz-hond") originated as a barge dog kept on Dutch vessels as a companion and guardian. The breed was named after Cornelis (Kees) de Gyselaar, the 18th century Dutch patriot who lead the rebellion against the House of Orange. The Keeshond was a symbol of the rebels, causing the breed to nearly become extinct after the House of Orange returned to power. The Keeshond is sometimes referred to as the "Smiling Dutchman" because of their friendly disposition.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Keeshonden will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★★

★☆

★☆

★★★★★

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Intelligent, goofy, happy, easy to train, and can be a bit mischievous

Shed heavily but have very little "dog odor"

Very family-oriented and are happiest when they're with their people

May become nuisance barkers if barking isn't addressed early in training

Don't make the best watchdogs but will give a warning bark if someone is approaching the house