(AKC Non-Sporting Group)

The Keeshond is a medium-sized, squarely proportioned, arctic-type Spitz dog with a fox-like head and erect, triangular ears. The head is wedge-shaped with a definite stop. The markings around the eyes should form "spectacles." The lips are black, and the teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The feet should be cat-like, compact, and round, with arched toes and black nails. The Keeshond sports a magnificent double coat, consisting of a long, harsh outer coat and a thick, fluffy undercoat. The body coat is most often gray with black tipped hairs. The dog should have a full mane like a lion and a curled, plumed, light-colored tail with a black tip. The muzzle and ears are dark and the legs, feet, and tail are a light creamy color. Hair on the legs, muzzle, skull, and ears is short and smooth.


The Keeshond was named after an eighteenth century Dutch patriot, Kees de Gyselaer, leader of the Dutch rebellion against the House of Orange. The dog became the rebels' symbol, and when the House of Orange was returned to power, this wonderful breed almost disappeared. Luckily, the breed continued as a guard on Dutch barges. Later, in the 1920s, Baroness van Hardenbroeck took an interest in the breed and began to build it up again. The Keeshond was accepted for AKC registration in 1930. Now bred for many generations as a companion dog, the Keeshond is a loving family member.

Key Facts:



An excellent children's companion, lively, intelligent and very alert. A good watchdog. Easy to train if owners are consistent. Train gently and patiently, as Keeshonds are full of personality. Affectionate, friendly, and generally outgoing. The Keeshond needs to be part of family activities. Some are reserved or timid, and should be socialized extensively as puppies.