Keeshond

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This barky, alarm-sounding breed is very beautiful to behold. They are fun with an inquisitive, mischievous, prankster-like disposition. They make good family dogs and are relatively trustworthy around children.PURPOSE OF BREED:This close relative of the Pomeranian, is best known as the ?Barge Dog? because it was used in the canals. Keeshonds were also used as watchdog, herders, draught dogs, and hunters.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:7 puppiesÿ

Country of origin: 
Netherlands
Size: 
HEIGHT: MALE : 18in (46cm) - FEMALE : 17in (43cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 65lbs (30kg) - FEMALE : 65lbs (30kg)
Grooming: 

They have a double coat. The topcoat has long, straight, coarsehair, standing well out from the thick, plush undercoat. Their coat requires ongoing brushing to keep it clean and mat free. The Keeshond is a shaded grey with black tipping and have a unique spectacled marking around the eyes.

Common ailments: 

Hip Dysplasia, Eyes, Epilepsy, Growth hormone disorder

Trivia: 
It took a national political turnover in Holland to bring the Keeshond to wide attention in the latter part of the 18th century. Holland was split between the partisans of the Prince of Orange and the Patriots, and the Patriots (principally the bourgeoisie) were led by Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees. Kees gave the Keeshond breed its name and became the symbol of the Patriots.ÿÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
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