This breed dates back to the 16th century and it is believed to descend from German Wolfspitz. He is originally from Germany and it’s dog ancestors originate from the Arctic regions such as the Samoyed, but also the Chow and Pomeranian. This breed was used to guard cargoes on barges along the Rhine River, therefore becoming known as the Dutch barge dog. Unfortunately, the Patriots did not succeed, causing numerous Keeshond owners to disown their dogs. Over time, the need for this breed had diminished. Baroness van Hardenbroek initiated an effort to save the breed in 1920. In 1930, the American Kennel Club recognised the breed and today it is Holland’s national dog.
The first thing that comes to attention when looking at this dog is it’s fur, which is double-layered with a soft, thick, short inner layer and an outer layer made of very bushy and long hair. His eyes are dark coloured, as vivid as those of a fox. The fur is very thick around the neck, forming a mane. His ears are small, triangular and built close to the skull. It’s tail is bushy and curled over the back. The Keeshond is a medium sized dog (about 50cm for 15 to 20kg) which can only be one colour, a silver gray with black ends. The dog’s ears and muzzle are dark and this characteristic is visible between the eyes and down the side of his head.
The Keeshond is an intelligent, lively, attentive, friendly, cheerful and pleasant dog. He loves family life and is very attached to his owner, he will not hesitate to follow you around everywhere. He will also do everything to seduce you with his small imploring looks, loving personality and his requests for hugs.. This dog doesn’t need a lot of exercise, but he loves going for walks. He is an excellent guard dog, this breed is not fearful or aggressive but will remain a little wary with strangers.