Breed Review: Keeshond (18 Pics)

Keeshond is a charming shaggy man with an endless battery of fun inside, with whom the gloomiest day is colored into rainbow fireworks. This indefatigable fluffy is always sincerely glad of three things: communication with the owner, goodies in his own bowl, and easy walks in nature. Try to satisfy these basic, according to the pet, needs every day – and you will become the center of the universe for the Keeshond, and at the same time the most adored creature on the planet.

#1 At various dog shows, Keeshond is usually presented as a Dutch “version” of the German Spitz, which has been one of the most widespread European breeds since the 16th century.

Initially, the aristocratic image of the dogs was not fixed, so the Wolfspitz played the role of ordinary mongrels: they hung around the farms and vineyards of German peasants, occasionally barking strangers who violated the territorial boundaries.

#2 It is not known exactly how and when exactly the ancestors of the Keeshond emigrated to the Netherlands, but they took root in a new place quickly and even managed to take part in the political life of the country – the breed was highly respected by the leader of

Subsequently, this involvement in the rebel movement cost the lives of thousands of dogs, which were exterminated simply because they had previously had the misfortune to please the rebel. However, it was not possible to completely destroy the breed, and the Dutch Keeshond continued to breed, gradually restoring their own numbers.

#3 In 1880, German dog breeders standardized all varieties of Spitz, including Keeshond.

In the future, the development of the breed took place not so much in the Netherlands as in England, Sweden, Australia, and the USA. As for the show career, it began for Keeshond in 1891, when several animals were presented at the Amsterdam exhibition. By that time, the Wolfspitz from the Netherlands had been renamed "barge dogs" due to the fact that they often cut the Dutch rivers with the owners of small boats.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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