(Wolfspitz) (Chien Loup) (German Wolfspitz) The Keeshond (plural: Keeshonden) is a compact little breed, and strongly resembles its ancestor, the Samoyed. The Keeshond has oblique chestnut eyes and erect triangular ears. The Keeshond has a double coat: the undercoat is cream or pale grey, the outer coat varies in shades of grey, with black tips. The hair stands away from the body, especially the front ruff. The male’s ruff is longer than that of the female. The front and rear legs are feathered. The tail is of medium length and is rolled on its back. The Keeshond has distinctive pale markings around the eye, described as “spectacles.” For show dogs, it is imperative that these markings are present.
The Keeshond is a lively dog, very intelligent and can be mischievous. Keeshonds will bark a warning if there is a visitor or if another animal comes in to its yard. It is protective towards its family. If properly trained, it will quiet immediately upon command. Some Keeshonds may be needy, based on how it is are raised and its current environment. Most believe this is not a trait it uniformly shares. Like any breed Keeshonds have a mix of temperaments which can be influenced by environmental settings and breeding.
This breeds coat should not be clipped too short. Their coat protects from sunburn, bugs, the heat and the cold.
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