What is a Keeshond
The Keeshond is a medium sized dog, with a gorgeous coat and a fancy plumed tail. Keeshonds are usually a mixture of gray, black and cream, with funny, expressive faces and good-natured personalities. The Keeshond was an especially popular dog in Holland in the 1700s.
Is the Keeshond for you?
Keeshonds need lots of exercise so be prepared to let you dog run in your fenced in yard or to take him for lots of walks. And the Keeshond coat needs lots of attention or it will quickly mat and become a royal mess requiring a groomer’s attention and possibly shaving (not a good look for these little guys). Keeshonds are great watchdogs but that also means they can be barky, so train them early not to bark at every little thing that happens. Keeshonds are good with other pets and children.
How to find a Keeshond
If you don’t have your heart set on a puppy, you can contact your local rescue league. Go to http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/keeshondrescue.html for information on available Keeshonds in your area. If you do want a puppy, the American Kennel Club will have a listing of breeders in your area. Be wary of “backyard breeders” who keep Keeshonds and sell litters from their own home, without having a dedication to the breed. Read my article about questions to ask a breeder before purchasing a puppy. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2247065/five_questions_to_ask_a_breeder_before.html?cat=53 “Papers” does not mean “quality,” and a dog with registration papers can still have come from a puppy mill.
Cost of Keeshonds.
You can expect to pay between $750 to $1100 for your Keeshond puppy, possibly more. You “get what you pay for”, and this is especially true for purebred dogs. The cost of your puppy will depend on where you live, the sex of the dog, whether you will agree to neuter/spay, the lineage of the parents, and other factors. A puppy that comes from champion lines will cost more, especially if both parents are show quality. The cost of stud fees is usually a factor in price, as well as many other considerations. You may have to pay shipping costs as well (don’t pay more than $250 for this) if you choose a breeder not within driving distance.
Interesting Keeshond facts.
- The Keeshond was originally bred as a watchdog for riverboats and barges.
- The Keeshond was a symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party and its leader, Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees.