About the Keeshond Breed
A square proportioned dog, the Keeshond is built for all sorts of jobs, a jack of all trades. It has a characteristic brisk and sharp gait, which doesn't have much reach or drive. A loving yet alert companion, the Keeshond has been around since at least the 18th Century in Holland, and has been used many times as a guard dog for barges.
It has a coat that is suited to working outdoors: a double layered coat which has a harsh outer layer and a thicker, soft undercoat. These work together to protect it from damp weather and the cold. The dog is usually gray, black or cream, and the coat stands out to give it a bushy appearance and a mane. The tail curls up and over its back, like a lot of Spitz like dogs. Its ears are small, pointed and triangular.
The breed has a rich cultural history, becoming a symbol of the Dutch rebellion against the House of Orange in the 18th century, as the leader of the rebellion (whom the breed is thought to have been named after) owned a Keeshond. The dog appeared in so much propaganda that people naturally associated it with the rebellion. After the rebellion failed however, the Keeshond became much less common breed, and the line was only saved by the concerted efforts of a few.
The Keeshond is adapted well to cold and damp weather, but it is still a sociable dog that likes companionship. It may be able to survive well living outside, but it may also begin to feel isolated and alone.
The fur needs brushing twice a week, and more so when it begins shedding. It needs daily exercise of a game and a walk on a leash.