Country of origin: Netherlands
Height: 43 - 48 cm (male), 31 - 43 cm (female)
Weight: 18 - 21 kg (male), 15 - 18 kg (female)
Maintenance in the apartment: fit, but needs enough exercise
Life span: 12 - 15 years old
Fits good: for inexperienced owners
The breed of dogs German Spitz has many names, the most common of them is the Wolf Spitz, as well as Keeshond.
German Spitz or Keeshond are very lively and intelligent dogs. They are very gentle, friendly and extremely contact.
Dogs of this breed are wonderful family pets. They love to be involved in all family affairs and activities. In addition, they get along well with children. In fact, they are even more playful and affectionate with children than with adults.
Also, these dogs are always in good relations with other pets living in the house.
German Spitz have a fantastically keen ear. They will always warn the owner if something unusual happens or someone unfamiliar approaches the door of their house.
If a Spitz puppy is shy and timid, it is necessary to pay special attention to its socialization among people and other animals and to ensure that it becomes more confident and sociable. Otherwise, the natural alertness of the German Spitz can develop into suspicion, which will be difficult to cope with, especially if it turns into a defensive habit of pinching and biting.
In view of the great need for people and the desire to be part of the family, dogs of this breed can experience a strong fear of separation. Thus, if you leave Keeshond alone in the house, his behavior can become destructive and result in chewing things and excessive barking, which can be very unpleasant for the owner and his neighbors. Persistent training and training can help deal with this problem.
Dogs of this breed are best suited for active people and families who spend a lot of time outdoors and are always ready to take their pet with them.
Most often, the following diseases are found in dogs of this breed:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Dislocation of the patella
- Von Willebrand disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
Caring for a German Spitz is quite time consuming. The thick, long with undercoat hair of these dogs needs regular combing. In addition, keeshond strongly molts, moreover, with the onset of the molting season, this process only intensifies.
Comb the German Spitz directly from the skin. If you do not see the skin when combing the dog, then you do it wrong. The purpose of this combing is to remove all dead hair. When all unnecessary hair has been removed, it will be possible to freely comb the animal’s hair without encountering tangled areas or tangles. Before bathing the dog, you must remove all dead hair.
When bathing a German Spitz, try not to get water or a detergent in your dog’s eyes and ears. For bathing a dog, it is better to use a special shampoo for dogs, as shampoo for people or soap can cause skin irritation. Always dry the Spitz coat well after bathing, even in hot weather, since in such weather there is a risk of skin rash as a result of prolonged contact of the wet lower coat with the dog’s skin.
Brush your dog’s ears and claws about once every two weeks.
German Spitz needs daily exercise. Despite the fact that these dogs are very active at home, they need to walk outside several times a day. A good run in the park or yard will also be very helpful.
Dogs of this breed can easily gain weight, so it is important not to overfeed the Spitz and pay enough attention to its physical form.
German Spitz does not tolerate heat because of its dense, thick coat. It is advisable not to encourage the excessive activity of this dog in hot weather and to monitor its physical condition.
It should be borne in mind that each dog is individual. This description is typical for the breed as a whole and does not always fully coincide with the characteristics of a particular dog of this breed!
ALL CHARACTERISTICS OF DOGS BREEDS
- Keeskhondov is called the best friends of mushroom pickers, fishermen and picnic enthusiasts, because dogs adore outings, during which they can rush and satisfy their curiosity.
- For the breed, even a minimal level of aggression is unusual, so the pet is easy to make friends with any stranger.
- Due to the affectionate expression of the muzzle inherent in all members of the breed, Keeskhond called "smiling Dutch".
- The coat of Keeshond, which is properly and systematically looked after, is devoid of an unpleasant dog smell.
- The breed is not afraid of water and willingly bathes in open water for a company with its owner.
- Keeshond’s energy and extroversion are fountains, so before you get such a dog, soberly assess your own abilities.
- All the descendants of Wolfspitz are not averse to once again refreshing themselves, and often the animals look into a bowl and beg for a tidbit just out of boredom.
- Keeskhondy are smart and smart dogs, but they are unjustly assigned 16th place in the list of the most intelligent breeds of Stanley Koren.
- Keeshond, who is bored and left alone for a long time, entertains himself with loud barking and howls, so careerists and workaholics who spend most of the day outside the house will not find such four-legged friends.
- FCI does not recognize Keeshond as an independent breed and uses the German Spitz standard to describe their appearance.
Keeshond - A charming shag with an endless battery of fun inside, with which the most gloomy day blooms on a rainbow of fireworks. This tireless fluffy is always sincerely happy with three things: communication with the owner, goodies in his own bowl and laid-back walks in nature. Try daily to satisfy these basic, according to the pet, needs - and you will become for Keeskhond the center of the universe, and at the same time the most adored creature on the planet.
Keeshond breed history
On various dog shows, Keeshond decided to present as the Dutch "version" of the German Spitz, which since the XVI century has been one of the most common European breeds. Initially, the dogs didn’t have an aristocratic image, so the Wolf Spitz played the role of ordinary mongrels: they hung around farms and vineyards of German peasants, occasionally barking at strangers who violated the territorial borders.
It is not known exactly how and when exactly the Keskhond ancestors emigrated to the Netherlands, but they took root in a new place quickly and even managed to take part in the country's political life - the breed was highly respected by the leader of the local party of patriots Cornelius de Giselyar. Subsequently, this involvement in the rebel movement cost the lives of thousands of dogs, which were exterminated simply because they previously had the misfortune of a rebel. However, it was not possible to destroy the breed to the end, and the Dutch Keeskhond continued to breed, gradually restoring their own numbers.
In 1880, German dog breeders standardized all varieties of Spitz, which included Keeshond. In the future, the development of the breed took place not so much in the Netherlands as in England, Sweden, Australia and the USA. As for the show career, for Keeskhond it began in 1891, when several animals were presented at the Amsterdam exhibition. By that time, Wolfspitz from the Netherlands was renamed “barge dogs” due to the fact that they often cut with the owners of small vessels along Dutch rivers.
In 1924, the first monobreed club, the Nederlandse Keeshond Club, began operating in the Netherlands, owing to its opening to Baroness van Hardenbrock, who at that time was considered the largest barge dog breeder in the country. And two years later, the Dutch keeshond were registered by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.
In the USSR, dogs similar to keeshond appeared in the 1980s, but they were circus individuals that did not fit the role of breeding material. Fully breed in Russia began only in the mid 90's, and at first the wards of domestic breeders did not meet the standards of international cynological associations. As a result, in 1993, foreign manufacturers of champions were brought into the country, from which they conduct their pedigree of today's keeshond.
Keeshond breed standard
Despite the fact that FCI continues to see the Wolfspitz variety in Keeshond and allows exhibiting representatives of both families in the same ring, there are significant differences in the appearance and nature of the breeds, which are best known in advance. For example, Keeshond, although considered the largest representatives in the Spitz group, is much more compact than its German cousins.
A more advantageous appearance is also an advantage of the “Dutch”, because at one time German breeders relied on practicality, preferring to develop working qualities in Wolfspitz rather than a glamorous look. Breeds and colors vary. Keeshond has a richer color palette and includes gray, black and beige shades. But the coats of German Spitz have a traditional wolf color, in which the hairs are gray and black and white.
Going for a walk with Keeshond, get ready for passers-by to see in your friend a wide variety of breeds: from Chow Chow to Caucasian Shepherd. And the point here is not cynological illiteracy, but the unique feature of the "Dutch" at the same time resemble representatives of several dog groups at once.
Keeshond has a medium-sized head, wide in the occipital part and acquiring a wedge-shaped shape in the area of the muzzle. The foot is smooth, turning into a harmonious short muzzle (the ratio of the length of the muzzle to the length of the cranial part of the head is 2: 3).
All representatives of the breed have a round miniature lobe of black color.
The small jaws of Keeshond are closed either in a scissor or tick-shaped (less preferred option) bite. The dog's lips are black, well-fitting, without pronounced folds.
Dark, oblique set eyes are small in size and oval in shape. The eyelids of the animal are black.
Keeshond's tiny ears are triangular in shape and have a hard pointy tip. The auricle is fixed in an upright position, which gives the dog’s appearance a perky and mischievous look.
The necks of purebred representatives of the breed have a convex scruff, but are completely devoid of suspension.
The high withers of Keeshond pass into a broad short back, ending with the same short and massive croup. The chest of the animal is harmoniously developed, the stomach is slightly matched.
Wolfspitz brethren have wide, straight legs with long shoulder blades and muscular hips. The joint angles are moderate, although the knee joints themselves are powerful. Metatarsus and metacarpus strong, but not long. Keeshond's paws are small, "cat", with black claws. The front legs are as round as possible, the hind legs are more oval.
The high-set tail of the dog at the base is turned up and forward and thrown onto its back.
Representatives of the clan of Spitz, including Keeshond, have double hair formed by a puffy layer of thick undercoat and bristling integumentary hair. The tail and the area around the neck are hairy most of all, which gives the dog's silhouette a pleasant roundness.
The FCI standard provides for Keeshond the same type of color as for Wolfspitz (wolf). However, upon closer inspection, it is noticeable that the “Dutch” has a richer shade of hair due to a small percentage of creamy hairs (the Wolfspitz has silver-gray hair with a black tip).
The dog's face and ears are darker than the body. A black border of wool is formed around the eyes, and above the eyes the same dark hair forms expressive eyebrows. The hair on the mane and shoulders of the Keeshond is lighter than in the body area. The limbs and panties on the hips have an exquisite silver-gray tone.
Disqualifying defects and breed defects
Keeshond of any gender cannot participate in the exhibition if he has:
- semi-permanent ears
- wrapped or twisted eyelids,
- there are white spots on the wool,
- an overgrown fontanel,
- there are deviations from the standard bite types
- shy or aggressive behavior.
They can not count on good grades of individuals with obvious defects in appearance that cast doubt on their breed. For example, keeshond with a flat or rounded skull in the shape of an apple. Animals with large bright eyes, a pink nose and an incomplete set of teeth are also considered defective, as are pets that do not have a pronounced black and gray “pattern” on the face.
Keeshond is a dog for those who need an easy-to-climb companion, as well as a playful buddy for games and close emotional interaction. These fluffy, spherical "Dutch" are in constant spiritual dependence on the owner and members of his family. Well, and more specifically, then the kinsfolk of a kinsman wolfspitz will always prefer the company of a person.
Keeshond is extremely peaceful and easy to get along with anyone. He does not frustrate pets (unless you yourself push the pet to such actions) and is ready to be friends with everyone who has paid attention to him. The only thing that can disappoint and offend a dog is the psychological atmosphere prevailing around it. Remember, Keeshond is uncomfortable where they constantly shout and talk in raised tones, as, however, also where they do not pay attention to him, providing the opportunity to entertain themselves on their own.
Keeskhond, like cats, are attached to housing and practically do not sin by shoots. But to play these fluffy "mini-wolves" are sincerely happy, especially if the place of entertainment is moved outside the walls of the house. In general, the correct keeshond is a shaggy extrovert who cares about everyone and whose mission is to have an exceptionally positive mood reigning around. As an example: abroad, Keeskhondas, along with golden retrievers and labradors, are attracted to canister therapy, and this says a lot, since only the most emotionally stable representatives of the canine genus are selected for such procedures.
The breed also gets along with children. Of course, it would be naive to wait for the pet to calm the torn newborn baby, but the fact that the dog finds something to do and captivate the kindergartner is a fact. However, it is not recommended to abuse the good-naturedness of a four-legged friend. If the animal has settled down to rest, to “pull” it because someone wanted to have fun, unreasonably and cruelly. Do not forget the "Dutch" - excellent animators, but not servile jesters.
Parenting and training
If Wolfspitz is a friend, comrade-in-arms and a bit of a hard worker, faithfully guarding household property, then his Dutch cousin is a smile dog and a cheerful altruist who should be gradually involved in any work activity. And although the breed’s intelligence is more than in order, it’s still necessary to deal with the search for specific approaches to education and training.
Keep in mind that Keeshond should not be crushed and forced to do something from under a stick.Like all breeds, relatives of German Spitz can not stand formidable shouts and too hostile dominance of the owner. Moreover, this happens not because the dog herself wants to play the role of alpha, but because an unusual behavior model is imposed on her.
Remember that the breed has not historically been a watchdog, and do not expect it to become one if a professional dog handler is trained with its representative. You can teach Keeshond to bark at a stranger who has invaded your domain, but instilling in him aggression and suspicion of a “Caucasian” is a deliberately impossible task. Accordingly, if you need a furry guard with the makings of a defender, with such requirements it’s definitely not for keeshond.
It is possible and necessary to teach the four-legged prankster, but relying on his addictions. So instill in your pet the basic skills in the game and do not delay the duration of the lessons. The best option is to break the session into five minutes, between which it is useful to withstand long pauses of 10-15 minutes. It is important to understand: keeshond is not a breed that will tolerate and perform dull exercises in order to please someone. Nevertheless, the animal will have enough strength and talents to deal with the intricacies of OKD and cultivate an interest in agility and freestyle, if these disciplines are correctly presented and, most importantly, entertainingly presented.
As for the rules of home etiquette, then the "Dutch" has no difficulties. Keeskhondas are naturally clean, so they learn to use a tray or diaper for the purpose at lightning speed and agree to suffer in critical situations when access to the street toilet is blocked. It is easy to wean a dog from chasing the owner and persistent calls to the game if it is inconvenient for the owner. In such cases, you need to affectionately, but firmly refuse the ward. Do not worry, the dog will not have stress, the animal will simply turn its attention to another object or go to rest and wait for it to be called again.
Maintenance and care
Keskhond ancestors were ordinary yard dogs that lived in kennels, or even under the walls of sheds. Today, “smiling Dutch” is often kept in homes, as it is easier to maintain their glamorous image. The only nuance that will have to be considered is the poor tolerance of high temperatures by animals. For too long, living in the damp climate of Holland and Misty Albion, the Keeskhond managed to adapt to it and now prefer warmth to pleasant heat. By the way, this is another reason why it is undesirable to keep a dog in a city apartment - four-legged friends are demanding not only for freedom of space, but also for temperature conditions, which in such rooms are difficult to adjust to the desired keeshond level.
The hair of barge dogs serves as a natural temperature regulator, thanks to which animals do not freeze on cool days and do not overheat in the heat. However, if the condition of the hair is not monitored, it quickly loses its magical properties. In particular, Keeshond needs combing, without which his coat accumulates excess fat and gets dirty, thereby preventing air circulation in the layers of wool. But at the same time, wolvespitz relatives do not form tangles, and this is a significant plus for owners who do not want to burden themselves with the daily care of a four-legged shalun.
Keeshond haircuts are contraindicated because they change the structure of the hair and expose the undercoat, making the body more vulnerable. An exception is made only for older individuals, who, due to age, suffer more from high temperatures. True, it’s not necessary to get too carried away here, and it’s generally wiser to choose the lion's “hairstyle” for the dog, which preserves the breed characteristics of the appearance. Young and healthy animals do not shorten their hair, but for hygienic reasons cut the hair between the fingers and around the anal area.
Keeshond's integumentary hair sheds moderately during the year, so if you do not want to find shaggy “tracks” on the floor, do not neglect weekly combing. The undercoat also needs care. Once every six months, this natural “insulation” sheds abundantly, so you need to get rid of it. By the way, trimming the animal is undesirable. It is better to walk along the fur coat with a frequent comb or brush, the effect of which can be enhanced by a combing spray or an antistatic from a pet store.
Surprisingly, you can maintain a stylish Keeshond image with virtually no washing. Of course, if you are the owner of a show pet, you can not do without an arsenal of shampoos, balms and conditioners, as well as without going to the groomer. But most pet animals easily put up with the absence of bathing days, so it is recommended to wash a fluffy friend with the use of special medications only if his coat is dirty and exudes an unpleasant amber. In other cases, the shower is easy to replace with thorough combing.
Keeshond's eyes and ears are trouble free, but they also need periodic cleaning and wiping, so do not save on ophthalmic lotions and fluids for processing the auricle. The dog needs to brush his teeth at least twice a week, and once a month Keeshond is supposed to cut and polish its claws.
Keeshond is still that fan of stuffing his stomach, but this is not a reason to be touched and feed a pet from a basin. The breed’s obesity tendency is hereditary, therefore all attempts to please a dog with an additive and high-calorie delicacies lead to a set of extra pounds and trips to veterinary offices. Keeskhond diet should have a pronounced seasonal character. In winter, the “Dutchman” is obliged to get more meat and offal (up to 500 g per day), but in the summer it is more beneficial to unload the digestive tract with a modest 300 g of animal protein.
The standard weight of the daily diet of Keeshond is 750-900 g. Usually, the menu includes the same products that are allowed for other dogs: cereals (oatmeal, buckwheat, rice), vegetables (except potatoes and broccoli), skim milk products, egg yolks. A complete ban on eating applies to any meal from the master’s table, sweets, sausages and smoked meats, bones, raw fish, fruits (citrus fruits, grapes, pomegranates), semolina and fatty pork.
Usually puppies are given out at two months of age, just at the time when the babies can be transferred to four times a day. Further, the need to reduce the number of meals the animal rests entirely with the owner. By the way, do not forget that the 9-month keeshond should eat no more than twice a day.
Owners who prefer to keep their pets on dry feed can recommend super-premium and holistic-grade brands, with special attention to cereals in the composition, which should be as small as possible in the "drying". It is normal if grains of rice (white or brown) are included in the feed and not very good if the main cereal supplement is wheat. Another important nuance: some expensive food can affect the shade of keeshond hair, which for owners of show individuals can be a serious nuisance - at the exhibition, the tone of the dog’s coat is meticulously examined.
Keeshond Health and Disease
It is believed that, unlike the Wolfspitz, Keeshond suffered less from breeding experiments and, therefore, have better health. Nevertheless, the breed has several serious ailments due to heredity. One of them is hip dysplasia. The disease is transmitted from producers to offspring, therefore breeders, who value their reputation, examine breeds for the presence of this disease.
A subluxation of the patella, which is often found in Keeshond, can have both a genetic nature and a mechanical one. Often the disease develops as a result of an injury promptly unnoticed by the owner. Some representatives of the breed may have a disease and von Willebrand - a violation of the blood coagulation process.
Malfunctions of the thyroid gland and an insufficient amount of hormones produced by it lead to the development of hypothyroidism, which Keeshond puppies inherit from their parents. But epilepsy, which several decades ago was considered the scourge of the breed, today is becoming less common. However, when buying a puppy, it will be worthwhile to clarify information about epileptic seizures in a female and a male dog.
How to choose a puppy
- It is pointless to choose a Keeshond puppy by gender. Representatives of this breed do not have pronounced "girl" and "boy" character traits. At the same time, males are endowed with a more textured appearance, while the female is distinguished by a pleasant grace of physique.
- Ask the breeder for the availability of the results of a survey of offspring producers for genetic ailments - dysplasia, patella, hypothyroidism.
- Look for a breeder who is ready to give the puppy no earlier than the age of 8 weeks - at this age, the kids are ready to safely part with their mother and brothers.
- Evaluate the conditions of Keeshond, giving preference to nurseries, where they practice suburban cultivation and do not lock animals in cages and cramped apartments.
- If you expect to have a show dog, look for breeders offering 4-month-old puppies. At this age, Keeshond's exhibition potential is better visible.
- Pay special attention to puppy color. Expand the coat, evaluate the thickness and uniformity of the undercoat and immediately refuse to buy if even a tiny white spot is found on the coat - this is a serious flaw that casts doubt on the breed of the litter.
Keeshond puppy from the titled producers with the stigma of a famous kennel will cost 40,000 - 50,000 rubles. The average representative of the breed, not having an outstanding appearance, but suitable for the role of a pet, is an average of 20,000 - 25,000 rubles. Sometimes on sites and forums skip “super-profitable” ads offering keeskhond for 10 000 - 15 000 rubles. Usually at low prices, either animals that are not very successful in an aesthetic plan, or offspring from not too healthy, or even unexplored producers, are sold.
Keeshond - breed description
Dogs differ from the usual Spitz in large forms. This is one of the most ancient Keeshond breeds, the description of which boils down to two main features - increased fluffiness and thick coat. Dogs of this breed, with great similarities to plush toys, have well-developed intellectual abilities, while being agile and tireless.
The main purpose of Keeshond is the protection of household facilities and residential premises. With the correct and constant training in them, you can develop the skills of guard dogs. Wolfspitz very quickly become attached to its owner. It is important that he has a strong character and strong-willed core. Only in this way will the dog respect and love him. To find out how much Keeshond costs, you can contact nurseries or private breeders. The price of a puppy with a pedigree starts at $ 450. You can find a dog for $ 150, without the possibility of participating in contests and procreation.
Keeshond - breed history
The ancestor of German Spitz is a peat dog, known since stone times. Outwardly, they were very similar, differing only in color and size. For the first time, these two dogs were compared in the 16-17th centuries. Spitzs of white and red color were common in Pomerania (now it is Germany and Poland). Gray-tan wolf-colored keeshond were guard dogs in Holland and Germany. In these cities, Spitz got their two names. In Holland they were called keeshond, and in Holland they were called Wolfspitz.
The first German Spitz are very different from modern ones. The difficult living conditions made Keeskhond unpretentious and hardy. Wolfspitz were not considered thoroughbred dogs and were hardworking helpers in poor families. And only in the 18th century in Germany, German Spitz were singled out as a separate breed. In Russia, they appeared at the end of the 20th century.
Keeshond - breed standard
The coat is long, thick, but hard to the touch and looks like a fur coat. The growth of the male on average reaches 46-48 cm, the height of the female is 42-43 cm. The standards of the Keeshond Wolfspitz breed are as follows:
- The dense coat has a soft undercoat. A lot of wool on the face, reminiscent of whiskers. Thick collar on the neck and chest.
- Wedge-shaped, medium-sized head, proportional to the body.
- Small triangular ears stand upright.
- Convex large oval-shaped eyes. In color - shades of hazel.
- The nose is small, rectangular, black.
- The lips are black, slightly stretched.
- Teeth of medium size are located in a dense row, the bite is correct.
- The body is square in shape. The neck is strong with a pronounced bend.
- The back is of medium length, has developed muscles, and the stomach is tightened.
- The limbs are proportional, widely spaced. Paws rounded.
- The tail is high, folded into a ring and pressed against the back. The end of the tail is always black.
Keeshond - character
Affectionate, loyal, affable, mischievous breed. Keeshond Dog is a friendly companion. The owners of this breed must lead an active lifestyle, be inquisitive and purposeful, otherwise Wolfspitz will be bored. With a cute appearance, the dog has guard qualities: she is always ready to defend her home. The cattle breeder instinct awakens responsibility for family members in the German Spitz. In addition, he gets along well with babies and tolerates all their pranks.
When guests come to the house, Wolfspitz needs to get to know them on his own and sniff. Even if the dog does not like the smell of strangers, it will not show signs of aggression, but simply walk away. A dog of this breed is completely non-conflicting. She is able to get along with any animal, but she does not like rodents. It is hard to endure moving and changing hosts.
A very active, kind Wolfspitz dog is not suitable for everyone. Keeshond cons also deserve attention:
- The breed requires careful daily care for the coat, especially during molting.
- The keeshond dog has a very loud and sonorous bark. Such a breed is unlikely to suit people who lead a quiet and calm lifestyle.
- High physical activity. Regular training, long-distance walks, and exercise are what Wolfspitz needs every day.
Keeshond - care
The dog is clean, rarely gets dirty, so you don’t need to wash it often, besides, bathing can lead to a violation of the skin. The key to keeshond care is hygiene. The following procedures should be carried out:
- A couple of times a week, you need to wipe your ears with an antiseptic, and your eyes with a decoction of chamomile.
- Rinse your mouth with water. To eliminate plaque on the teeth, you can use a special brush with soft villi.
- Cleansing foot pads of dirt to avoid roughness.
- Claws are trimmed once a month.
- It is necessary to comb out the hair at least once a day, to avoid tangling and hair loss.
- Cutting the pet is not recommended.
How to feed Keeshond?
Wolfspitz nutrition can be natural or specialized. Dry food is an optimal product for a balanced dog nutrition. It contains nutrients in the right proportions along with vitamins and minerals. The Wolfspitz breed needs specialized premium feed. It can be Monge, ROYAL CANIN, HILLS, EUKANUBA, PRO PLAN or other brands suitable for keeshonda. Even the special treats used for training use special ones (for example, “Village Treats”).
Keeshond puppies need to be fed at least 5 times a day. Servings should be small.Together with dry food, puppies can be given raw chicken, cottage cheese, butter (added to cereals), boiled cereals. Such food is recommended to be given up to 6-12 months. Then the puppy is completely transferred to dry food. Keeshond owners need to keep track of serving sizes, as dogs love to eat and tend to overeat.
Do Keeshondes cut?
By standard, German Spitz must look as natural as possible. For this reason, shorted keeskhondas are not allowed to participate in dog competitions and exhibitions. Combing out excess hair and bathing before events is all that is necessary for the Spitz. Keeshond dog haircut is not recommended, not only because of the image. It can adversely affect the skin: cause itching, irritation or even damage to the upper layer.
Keeshond - Health
These dogs have strong immunity. An active and hardy breed Keeshond disease is practically not terrible. Thanks to the warm and dense coat, it does not freeze in winter at a temperature of minus 20 ° C, but in the summer, a fur coat only harms it: there is a great chance of overheating in the sun and receiving heat stroke. The Keeshond dog breed in the summer goes for a walk only in the cool time of the day.
Genetic-related skin and heart problems may develop. In rare cases, this breed has a chronic disease of the hip joint (dysplasia), resulting in pain and limited movement. Wolfspitz can have a displacement of the kneecap joints, a lack of thyroid hormones. Dogs with such diseases should not be involved in mating, in order to avoid giving birth to unhealthy puppies.