This outstandingly beautiful breed has been known in Europe for centuries. In the 17th and 18th centuries, they were extensively used as watchdogs on river boats, farms, and barges and were known in Germany as “Wolfspitzen”; in France as “Chiens Loup”; in Italy as “Lupini”; and in Holland as “Keeshond” – pronounced “kayz-hawnd.
The breed has a long history of popularity with the people of Holland and was used for a variety of jobs, including as a watch dog, for herding, for draft work and for hunting. Also known as the “Dutch Barge Dog,” as they were customarily used on the barges as a guard and a companion.
The Keeshond as we know it today is basically the work of breeders in England, as at the beginning of the 20th century the breed was further developed in England from imports obtained from both Holland and Germany. Although closely related, these two breeding stocks and their standards exhibited important variations in several respects, among them size, head, coat and colour. The English managed, in a remarkably short time, to blend the two into the handsome Keeshond we admire today. Bred primarily today as a companion and watchdog for the family.
The Keeshond makes an excellent companion and watchdog, being very fond of members of his own family however can be somewhat aloof with strangers, but at the same time, friendly and not at all aggressive. Many people purchase a Keeshond thinking that, being a family dog, they must also be an easy to train dog. While affectionate, the Keeshond may not be for the inexperienced trainer. While most dogs need a structured environment, it’s especially necessary with a Keeshond.
Stand Number: 600