Originally known the “Wolfspitz”, Keeshonden are true companion dogs. This spitz dog is active, intelligent, very keen and outgoing. Regular exercise and activity will be required to keep your dog’s body and mind happy. Willing to please and easy to train, Keeshonden make excellent companions. Your firm and consistent training will also be rewarded, as this intelligent dog breed. As with most companion dog breeds, expect your Keeshond to prefer life indoors. Early socialization is also important, although this medium size dog breed is known to enjoy the company of children and other animals. When left outside ensure your dog has activities to entertain and stimulate, or boredom and destructive behavior may become an issue. The Keeshond is known to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time, making this dog breed unsuitable for those who work long hours or are away from the home for extended periods of time. Expect your Keeshond to truly integrate into your family, and be part of all family activities.

This companion dog breed's name is pronounced "kayz-hawnd", and the plural for Keeshond is Keeshonden!
The Keeshond was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.
Keeshonden's faces have distinctive dark line markings and shadings on their face, known as spectacles.
Keeshonden grow to have a square appearance and wedge-shaped head, together with the medium size dog breed's thick double coat.
Until 1926 the Keeshond was originally known as the German Spitz, or Wolfspitz.
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17 to 18 inches (43.2 to 45.7 cm)


35 to 45 pounds (16 to 20.5 kgs)

Life Expectancy:

12 to 15 years


The history of Keeshonden is sketchy, with the breed appearing throughout Europe, particularly, Germany France and Holland. In the late 1700s Keeshonden became the symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party. The breed took it’s name from the party’s leader, Kees de Gyselaer.

Available colors:

The Keeshond is a mixture of gray, black and cream.  This may include black tips on the outer coat, and a very pale gray or cream undercoat.  However a Keeshond should not have a tawny undercoat.  The AKC considers it a fault for a Keeshond to have pronounced white markings, have white feet, or to be entirely black or white.


The Keeshond is:

  • Active
  • Affectionate
  • Friendly
  • Intelligent
  • Lively
  • Outgoing
  • Trainable
  • Willing to please


Your Keeshond will need to be groomed every two – three days.

Coat Length:

The Keeshond grows a thick coat.


The Keeshond is a heavy shedder.

As a heavy shedding dog that grows a thick double coat, the Keeshond is not a suitable dog breed for people who suffer from allergies.

Health Concerns

Heart problems, Hip dysplasia, Luxating Patella

Keeshonden are known to suffer from Pulmonic Stensosis, a congenital heart disease.

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