Smart, agile and eager to please, Keeshonden (or singularly, Keeshond) are excellent entertainers. They’re often seen in canine agility demonstrations or competitions because they respond so well to training. On the flip side, Keeshond need consistent training (especially at a young age) to ensure they don’t adopt bad habits — they learn very quickly, whether you want them to or not!
Keeshonden can adapt to your schedule fairly well and an hour-long daily walk will satisfy most of their needs. However, as they excel at training, games of Frisbee and Flyball are excellent ways to keep to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Letting them run in off-leash dog parks as often as possible will also help tire out your Keeshond.
Part of a Keeshond’s charm is his or her bushy, fluffy coat. Bonus: you’ll have a chance to get a really close look at it on your furniture and clothes. If you can’t handle shedding, click away.
Barking and Volume:
Keeshonden can become persistent barkers if they are not trained properly. They have a very loud bark and pick up habits quickly, so if you want to avoid living with Barky McBarkerson, this is one you’ll want to nip in the bud as early as possible. Your Keeshonden will still bark, but will be more likely to accept visitors quickly when they see that you are comfortable.
Many people choose Keeshonden because they are bright dogs and learn quickly…but this can also work against you. The breed can easily learn bad habits that are hard to break. Get your Keeshond into training early and work hard to maintain consistency. You’ll be teaching your Keeshond all sorts of tricks in no time.
Health Factors: Keeshonden are a very healthy breed overall. They are occasionally prone to hip displasia, luxating patellas, congenital heart disease, allergies and hypothyroidism. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate, but must be kept up on a regular basis.
Training: Somewhat extensive training may be necessary.
It’s easy to maintain the Keeshond’s thick coat with regular brushing. About one hour over the course of a week should be sufficient, but it’s also important to keep on top of knots or they can get out of hand in the Keeshond’s bushy mane.
Keeshonden will fit right in with any family structure and be loyal to all members. They get along famously with kids and can be very protective of their families.
12 to 15 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Keeshonden may be timid, but not aggressive, when they are presented with another animal. They will likely stick close to their owners until they are comfortable in a situation.
Friendliness: Towards People
Keeshonden are very loyal to their families and may be unsure about visitors to the home until they are sure that their people are okay with whoever is at the door. They will eventually warm up, though.
BE PREPARED FOR: Intense training as a puppy and a know-it-all dog you might be able to show off to your friends after just a few training sessions.