Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 18 in (45.5cm) Bitch:17in(43cm)
Weight: 55-66 lb (25-29.5kg)
Coat: Long and straight with the hairs standing out; a dense ruff over the neck
Color: A mixture of gray, black, and cream; pale undercoat

The Keeshond (pronounced "kayshond," plural Keeshunden) has been known as the Fik, Foxdog, Dutch Barge Dog, and even as the Overweight Pomeranian in Victorian England. Its modern name is after a dog of this breed owned by the 18th-century Dutchman, Kees de Gyselaer. Like other spitz breeds, the Keeshond is believed to derive from an Arctic breed. It became popular in Holland as the companion of bargees and as a watchdog. The FCI has been reluctant to accept the standard that has been drawn up for the breed, believing that the Keeshond is identical to the German Wolfspitz. Good natured and long lived, the Keeshond tends to be a devoted one-person dog. It requires daily grooming using a stiff brush, and a fair amount of exercise. A choke chain will spoil the ruff.
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