Description: The Keeshond is a member of the Spitz group. This dog is 17 to 18 inches, in height and 35 to 45 pounds in weight. This dog has a stocky build, with a wedge shaped head, small but pointed ears and a medium length muzzle, in proportion to the rest of the body. The Keeshond tail is tightly curled and should be carried high. With good straight legs and catlike feet that are solid and well rounded.
This breed has a dense double coat with a very thick ruff around the neck this is more pronounced in the male of the breed. This breed has a long straight and harsh outer coat. The colours are steel or grey with black tips. The undercoat being cream and pale grey this is soft. The Keeshond coat stands away from the main body, which exaggerates the ruff neck. This breed has a very expressive face.
History: The Keeshond breed has Arctic origins, and was known as a dog of the people, as it was a symbol of the rebellions, against the house of Orange, in the 18th century. This breed, as we know it today, came from the Netherlands. It is known to be part of the German spitz family. It was first seen at the 1899 club the German spitz. And the German standards were revised in 1901, and it went on to be recognized by the British kennel club in 1915 then in standards set in 1926.
The Keeshond was recognized by the club and given its present-day name. Thanks to a man called Carl Hinderer, visiting the AKC. The breed was registered in 1930, he had work hard for this recognition and even had all the German standards translated for the AKC. This dog has been known to be a guard dog and watchdog on river boats and barges, but mostly it has been known for being a companion.