The Keeshond is an ancient breed that originated in Holland. This sturdy, medium-size Spitz breed stands out for the markings around his eyes that resemble eyeglasses. Bred to guard barges, his exercise needs are less than you’d expect, and he’s happiest just being with you. Well-mannered Keeshonds are neither timid nor aggressive. To the contrary, they are outgoing, lively and friendly, both with people and with other dogs. These are smart, intelligent, alert, affectionate animals, who are very cuddly and are particularly fond of children. Keeshonds thrive on being with their people. They always want to be the center of attention and to be a part of all family activities.
Common Health Conditions
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Luxating patellas, a condition in which one or both knee caps are unstable and occasionally slip out of place.
- Cushing’s Disease is a malfunction of the adrenal glands causing them to produce too much steroid hormone. This is a common problem in dogs, and your Keeshond is more likely than other dogs to be affected.