Keeshond are real lively, "smiling" dogs, radiating positive and good mood! This can confirm every owner shaggy miracle. Looking at the representatives of this breed, one might think that these are animated toys, which for this purpose exist to amuse and give joy. However, history shows that these are not decorative sands at all, but quite serious dogs that had previously performed important tasks.


The origin of the breed

If we talk about the ancestors of the Keeshond, they did not appear yesterday. There is confirmed evidence that a large group of spitz-like dogs originated from one of the lines of peat Spitz - medium-sized, strong and fearless animals.


Data on the same type of livestock date back to the 16-17 centuries. Then dogs began to appear in different territories with the same appearance, but different colors. For example, on the lands of modern Germany and Poland, and then it was Pomerania, two types of Spitz were common - white large sizes and medium with red color.

Gray and tan Spitz (this color was called the wolf) of medium size were used as guards and Dutch and German breeders were actively involved in their breeding. Hence the two names of the breed - German Wolfspitz and Keeshond, the second name of the dog received in Holland.

The early members of the breed did not have such an attractive appearance as the modern doggie. Yes, and other characteristics, they are not particularly famous, for example, a strong grip, fast running and other working qualities. The Keeshondas were always “middling”, but they coped well with the work of the guards, notifying the whole neighborhood of the invasion of strangers, herded cattle and were excellent companions.

Due to the fact that the dog handlers were not particularly interested in this breed and did not make high-breed animals from dogs, the keeskhond puppies were accessible to everyone, and thanks to this they became widespread. Then people with a small income did not allow themselves to keep dogs just like that, for the sake of communication, and even more so, to fulfill all the whims of pets. Therefore, a rather spartan habitat conditions and natural selection turned the representatives of this breed into universal undemanding in keeping dogs.

So, not much standing out, the spitz lived side by side with a man, until they still attracted the attention of breeders. They were indirectly implicated in the Dutch Revolution, which began in 1568 and lasted for more than a decade, since the instigator of the first uprising in the pets had a spitz named Gez. Subsequently, this dog became a symbol of the revolutionary movement, as the rebel Cornelius often appeared at various kinds of mass gatherings with his favorite.

Keeshond character

The participants of the movement received the name "Geza", which translated sounded like half-breeds or mongrels. The revolution failed, and an order came from the authorities to destroy everything connected with the riots. Purges touched and Spitz.

But, fortunately, this was not possible to accomplish completely, and at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries the first breed club appeared in Germany, whose members did a tremendous job and classified Spitz-dogs from various territories.

In 1899, however, a description of the representatives of the breeds, approved by world clubs, appeared and the rules for breeding were drawn up. From this year, keeshond is officially recognized, although in Germany it is still referred to as Wolfspitz.

Description breed keeskhond

There are international rules according to which a breed can have only one patronizing state. But the Cynological International Association combines all varieties of Spitz into a single standard in which they differ in height. There is another description of keeshond dogs, but already in the American Kennel Club.

Representatives of the breed have not only a unique, spectacular appearance, but also sufficiently developed intellectual abilities. Having the appearance of a shaggy toy, dogs are well developed and physically, they are very agile and tireless.

Description breed keeskhond

Dog breed keeshond photo

According to the standard characteristic, keeskhond differ in friendliness and sociability, and this applies not only to humans, but also to other animals.

If we talk about the size of the representatives of this breed, the ideal height for males is 45.7 cm at the withers, bitches a little smaller - 43.2 cm, although such parameters are not considered too important when evaluating dogs. At exhibitions, more attention is paid to the harmony of the build and the presence of an average fortress. The pet should not have heavy bones, immediately rushing into the eyes, but the refined and elegant breed of keeshond dogs should not be either. Moreover, the ideal growth is estimated only in representatives older than two years.

The standards indicate the following data regarding appearance:

  • The head should be medium-sized, proportionate to the body, wedge-shaped. It is not welcome its sharpening or excessive lightness. The skull is wide with a noticeable transition in the face.
  • The end of the muzzle is U-shaped, with neat lips, slightly stretched, having a black coloration.
  • The teeth are medium in size, creating a dense row with no gaps, a correct bite. The tip of the nose is small, rectangular, painted black.
  • The dog has bulging, large, oval eyes (albeit with a certain mysterious slanting), having a living sheen and radiating sparks of mischief. Iris casts shades of brown. Landing at the eyes is average. The eyelid tissue is black and dense.
  • The ears are small, neat triangular shape, but against the background of rich hair look miniature. They are in a standing position, have an elastic cartilage, are set wide apart, have a high seating position and a straight direction.
  • The body in dogs is more related to the format of the square. The neck is strong, there is a pronounced bend. The withers are also well defined, but this is not too noticeable due to a voluminous collar. The back is of medium length, has developed muscles, is wide, with moderately sloping croup.
  • The belly is taut, but has no pronounced "undermining".
  • The fore and hind limbs are proportionate, have strong enough developed joints, are widely spaced. The paws are well assembled, have a rounded shape.
  • The tail is set high, bent into a ringlet, which is located on the back and pressed against it. Obligatory condition - the end of the tail must have a black color.
  • Gorgeous, elegant coat is not for nothing called the calling card keeskhondov. He is well developed, very thick and dense, with a soft, rich undercoat. Ostev hair has a vertical position, it is more coarse. Purebred representatives can boast an abundance of chic fur on the face in the form of whiskers, a thick collar in the neck and chest, as well as around the back and tail. The adjacent coat is only on the front of the limbs and on the nose.

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Color Keeshonda

The color of the keeshond is not so simple: if we talk about a common palette, then there are two colors - gray and black. The standard allows for the presence of any gray shades, other colors are a disadvantage.

Keeshonda colors

Allowable keeshond color (may be lighter or darker)

The color of the undercoat varies from any gray tones to cream. The guard hairs have a light base and a dark tip. The overall color of the dog depends on the intensity of the dark color. The presence of black "glasses" is obligatory on the face, the ears are painted in the same color. Wool in the breeches, muffs and breasts has a more light tone, like the rear region of the tail. Paws are painted in cream tones.

As for evaluations at exhibitions, experts draw attention to the natural beauty of the animal, it is allowed to process hair only on the lips and extremities, and then, if required. Trimmed keeshond will not be allowed to the exhibition and, moreover, can be excluded from breeding.

Training and training keeskhonda

These cute and funny dogs are smart enough and have remarkable acumen, so they are very easy to learn, and their curiosity only accelerates this process. On the territory of Holland, the representatives of this breed play an important role of companions, with which they do an excellent job. That is why the training of these pets is often limited to teams that have an entertaining character, rather than bringing practical benefits.

Keeshond training

Keeshonda puppy photo

Keeskhonda regular participants of various exhibitions and enjoy it wildly popular, but also ordinary amateur dog lovers give them increased attention and love. That, in general, is not surprising, with such an attractive appearance and appeasable character.

But the German Wolfspitz gets a slightly different upbringing. In Germany, these dogs are used as watchmen, so they take special courses that give skills to protect property and family. Here the dogs learn not to allow outsiders until the owner allows it. What does this mean? And the fact that representatives of this breed have a rather flexible character, and it depends only on the owner which pet will receive upbringing and skills.

It is interesting: wean the dog to gnaw things .

Keeshond Care

The Wolfshpitz Keeshond is a fairly versatile dog that is suitable for both street and apartment housing. Moreover, the representatives of the breed themselves can feel comfortable in any conditions.

  1. The main point in the care is visible to the naked eye - it is a long, fluffy, equipped with a rich undercoat, wool. Pet will have to comb at least once a week, and ideally - every day, using a special brush with long metal teeth. In the period of seasonal molting (spring and autumn), one more tool is needed - Pukhoderka, and the procedure will have to be performed every day. Again, it is worth recalling that, according to the approved standard, the keeshond should not be trimmed, it is necessary that the dog look as natural as possible.
  2. Dogs are clean, so they are contaminated rarely and do not require frequent washing . In some cases, the removal of dirt can be done with a brush, or use a dry detergent . But frequent bathing can harm the pet, breaking the top layer of skin and, as a result, the hair structure.
  3. Both ears and eyes of the pet, which should be inspected 1-2 times a week, need regular care. For washing the eyes, you can use chamomile decoction. Ears enough to wipe with a damp swab dipped in water or antiseptic. Claws trimmed with keeshondam once a month.

Photo keeskhonda

Keeshond in the forestKeeshond in winterKeeshond on the grassKeeshond with a catKeeshond at the siteKeeshond with parents

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Keeshond puppy price

Let's figure out how much a keeshond puppy costs. Representatives of this breed - the pleasure is not cheap. Experts recommend buying a puppy in a specialized kennel, as here, having paid a lot of money, the owner is guaranteed to receive a healthy, well-groomed animal with a good pedigree.

If finances do not allow, then you can buy a puppy with a small marriage, which will not allow to exhibit a pet at exhibitions and use it for breeding, but will not prevent him from being a pet of the family. Females suitable for breeding are the most expensive. The cost of pedigree puppies depends on many factors and varies from 20,000 to 200,000 rubles.

Keeshond is a real livelier who will not let you get bored and is able to get out of any depression. Yes, and having a similar companion, there’s no time to be depressed. If the family lacks an active and positive member, then you should think about acquiring a puppy of this particular breed.

Kennels keeskhonda

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  1. I will get one year old puppy keeshond

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