The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog originated in Germany, and its closest relatives are the German spitzes. Originally called the German Spitz , more specifically the Wolfspitz , the name was officially changed to Keeshond, in 1926 in England, where it had been known as the Dutch Barge Dog. The Keeshond was named after the 18th-century Dutch Patriot, Cornelis (Kees) de Gyselaer leader of the rebellion against the House of Orange, and ‘hond’ is the Dutch word for dog.
Keeshonden tend to be very playful, with quick reflexes and strong jumping ability. They are quick learners and eager to please, and make excellent agility and obedience dogs. They love children and are excellent family dogs, preferring to be close to their humans whenever possible. They generally get along with other dogs as well and will enjoy a good chase around the yard. The breed has a tendency to become especially clingy towards their owners, more so than most other breeds. Many have been referred to as their “owner’s shadow,” or “velcro dogs”.
Average. The Keeshond is very bright in work and obedience. Consistency and fairness are needed. And, while most dogs need a structured environment, it is especially necessary with a Keeshond.
From 44 to 48 cm (M) and 40 to 46 cm (F) / From 15 to 20 kg.
Keeshond has a dense double coat, with a thick ruff around the neck.
Should be a mixture of grey and black. The undercoat should be very pale grey or cream.
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)