Keeshond Breed Profile



Personality

Keeshonds are full of personality, as they are affectionate, friendly, and generally outgoing all the time. They need to be part of the family and join in family activities. They are generally good with other pets as well, and have a knack for warning of danger or of strangers approaching.

Family/Child Friendly

They love children and are a loyal companion to children. They tend to be over excitable, often running around in circles.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a Keeshond is 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight of this breed of dog is around 35 to 55 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to hip dysplasia, skin problems, and heart disease. Sometimes demanding exercise will cause trick knee to develop.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is generally out of the question with this breed of dog as they prefer the outdoors. They require a daily brushing. The coat of this breed of dog is shed heavily twice a year in the Spring and Autumn.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environments. Also not suited for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. They don't do well in hot environments due to their coats.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost of this breed of dog is around $800 or more each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

They tend to bark when strangers approach and to warn of danger. They can be taught when their barking has reached a limit, but it must be done with patience and love.

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