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The Keeshond may also be known as the Wolfspitz or German Wolfspitz. Over the past 200 years, this dog has remained the same. It is a descendant of various Arctic breeds such as the Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound, Samoyed, Pomeranian and Chow Chow, which you will also notice are furry dogs. A working dog, the Keeshond was mainly used for guard dog purposes. However in the latter 18th century the Keeshond was made the mascot of the Dutch Patriot political party. The leader of the group had one of these dogs named Kees, (pronounced 'kaze') which is how the breed got its name. Although the political group died out, the Keeshond gained popularity around 100 years later in Holland, England and the United States.

The Keeshond is a medium sized dog breed in the non-working class. It is proportioned well and has a furry plumed tail that arcs over his back in a curl. The expression of these dogs is one of intelligence, and their ears are pointy and small. This breed looks a lot like the white dog known as the Eskimo Spitz, except the Keeshond is much darker. This fluffy dog is usually either black or gray, they may sometimes sport an ivory undercoat. The Keeshond has almond shaped brown eyes and almost a fox-like resemblance. Eager to please and filled with energy, this dog's enthusiasm shows in its expressive face and body language.

When it comes to personality, the Keeshond is friendly, outgoing and curious. They are not overprotective, timid or aggressive. This breed is good with children as long as the children are aware of how to interact with a dog properly. Because these dogs are so smart and eager, they love learning tricks. This breed needs at minimum a daily walk to burn off its extra energy. If Keeshonds are not exercised enough or socialized with enough they may develop behavior problems. It is important to rule as master gently but firmly. Your dog will look to you as leader and remain an obedient, loyal companion.

The Keeshond can adapt to indoor living, but it should be known that this dog needs cool temperatures. Keeshonds are not recommended for places that get hot because of the massive furry coat. It is necessary to brush your dog daily, but the texture of the fur makes it easy. Health problems that may arise with this breed include hip dysplasia and heart problems. If monitored by a veterinarian and taken good care of, the Keeshond is a breed that can live as long as 15 years.


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